“Everybody’s life in Nigeria is in danger” – Falana

Human rights lawyer/activist, Femi Falana in an interview with Punch has said it is an irony that those clamouring for the division of Nigeria are not consistently at the regions considered as their origin – while Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB leader) together with his wife has dual citizenship, Yerima Shetima (leader of Northern coalition that gave quit notice to Igbos) lives in Lagos.

Key excerpts:

  • It is an irony that Kanu, who is leading the struggle for the balkanization of Nigeria, has dual citizenship, while Mr Shettima Yerima, who gave the quit notice to Igbo people in the North lives in Lagos.
  • Everybody’s life is in danger. Nigerians are shot dead in their homes by armed robbers or on the roads by soldiers or policemen or by armed herdsmen on their farms…Even President Muhammadu Buhari had to be flown to Britain for medical attention because his life was in danger here.
  • He says it is not fear that made the Buhari administration to declare IPOB a terrorist organisation but the belief that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Therefore, anyone who threatens the unity of Nigeria has to be crushed or jailed.
  • On Aisha Alhassan’s statement saying she would support President Buhari in 2019, he said Madam Aisha Alhassan is a conscious reactionary lady…Like the President’s wife, who said she might not campaign for her husband (in 2019), Mrs Alhassan has boldly said that she would prefer Alhaji Atiku to Buhari in 2019. Unfortunately, her preference is not anchored on ideology or principle.
  • On government’s action or inaction, the lawyer said he knew ab initio that the government was going to embark on reforms whereas revolutionary measures are required in addressing the fundamental crisis of underdevelopment…a government can only develop by investing in its own people.

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