Now that a former President of Nigeria, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, has dropped a bombshell in his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, and has called for a new Nigeria in the form of a coalition, it appears Nigerians will have to look well before they put their fingers to paper in 2019 general election.

While eyes are on 2019, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has asked Nigerians to take their eyes away from 2019 and save the hour before the situation is dragged into 2019.

He told Bounce News that Nigerians do not have to wait until 2019 before they will rush to the ballot.

“Again, we do not have wait until 2019.

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“We have to struggle today and on a continuous basis for economic control and economic empowerment of our people and for respect of human rights and rule of law and these are struggles that do not have to wait for 2019,” he stressed.

Another thing he wants Nigerians to do is to throw sentiments away and see the need to be organised in the pursuit of their rights as promised by the Nigerian Constitution.

“We have won some of these rights.

“We have to ensure that the gains are not eroded as is being done by this regime constitutionally and based on the struggle that we have waged, the detention of any citizen or person in Nigeria without trial cannot be accepted.

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“That battle for freedom and liberty has been won, but right now, Nigerians are being detained illegally.

“People are not allowed to hold peaceful rallies. Journalists are being arrested for criticising the government of the day.

“Court orders are being disobeyed recklessly. So, you can’t afford to wait for 2019 to end impunity in the country,” he stressed.

The senior lawyer who had asked if Nigerians could clap for the current regime in terms of their promises put side-by-side with the fulfillment, also expressed worry that the ruling class has failed Nigerians since 1999. 

He said the killings by herdsmen and other security issues had eroded the gains made in the fight against insurgents in the northeast. 

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