Pro-democracy group Concerned Nigerians, also known as ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ group, on Saturday rolled out its drums to welcome its co-convener, Deji Adeyanju, who regained freedom after 78 days in Kano Prison.
Women, youths and other activists gathered at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, bearing placards with different inscriptions to welcome the activist.
According to NAN, Adeyanju was released from Kano Prison on Friday after a Kano State Magistrate Court granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties, in addition to depositing his international passport with the court.
The activist, known for series of face-offs with the Nigeria Police in recent times, was rearrested in December 2018 and charged with culpable homicide.
Raphael Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of the group, said they decided to welcome and celebrate the activist as a mark of solidarity for his “commitment to a better society.”
“Deji wants a better society and good leadership, and that is why he keeps on speaking against bad leadership at all levels,” he stated.
“No matter the persecution, he has remained dogged in the struggle, and that is why we have come to celebrate his release.”
On his part, Adeyanju, while addressing newsmen, expressed gratitude to the group and other Nigerians, adding that the gesture was a succour he most needed in his struggle for a good society.
However, he lamented that he was being seen as an enemy by the authorities, saying that activism is a part of every civil society.
“I am very grateful because I will always hold government accountable and speak truth to authority whenever necessary,” he said.
“Those who care for their country should always put the government on its toes to ensure that it is accountable to those being led.
“I don’t know why the government decided to single me out for persecution, but I am very grateful to them because they are making our message for a better country louder.”
Furthermore, Adeyanju debunked claims that his activism was partisan and politically motivated.
He added that Nigeria was bigger than any political or tribal inclination and must be put above individual or sectional interests.
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