The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has postponed the presentation of an award to the Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The postponement of the anticipated award to the VP was hinged on a protest against the treatment of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow.
The centre’s director, Motunrayo Alaka, on Monday, pointed out that the postponement was aligned with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times.
” …especially the incidence between the Department of State Security (DSS) and @YeleSowore, Publisher of @SaharaReporters, on Friday 6 December. #WSAIR2019,” the tweet announcing the postponement read.
The centre said “the Vice President himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.”
The tweet further read, “The award presentation programme will hold as scheduled on Monday, 9th December 2019, by 6pm. 13 journalists from print, online, television, radio, photo, and editorial cartoon categories will be celebrated. #WSAIR2019”
Osinbajo and six other lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have been reportedly kept mum over acts of human rights violations carried out by the current government. The Nigerian Vice President is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.