Stop Insulting Nigerians, Falana Tells Obasanjo
Human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop insulting the collective intelligence and memories of Nigerians.
Falana claimed that the same Obasanjo instituted a culture of impunity when he ruled between 1999 and 2007.
The rights activist, who was reacting to the former president’s recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, told reporters in Benin on Friday that Obasanjo had the opportunity to make Nigeria great by providing good leadership and getting rid of corruption.
“If Obasanjo, who ruled this country for 11 and a half years had institutionalized democracy, rule of laws, respect for human rights, we would not be in this mess.We would be having an Eldorado by now,” he said.
“So, please, let Obasanjo and others be honest to admit that they brought us to this shameful episode. So, nobody should grandstand when it comes to the mis-governance of Nigerians.
“President Obasanjo is entitled to form his own political party or his own movement, but he should please desist from insulting the collective intelligence and the collective memories of Nigerians.
“With great respect to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, apart from the allegations of nepotism and clannishness, which cannot be disputed, every other allegations made, there is nothing to write home about.
“In another words, all the other allegations took place under Obasanjo and in fact, he institutionalized the culture of impunity under the democratic dispensation in Nigeria.
“Many of us have forgotten the abduction of Governor Chris Ngige. Many of us have forgotten the fact that the National Assembly, the House of Representatives, displayed bales of naira with which it was alleged that the presidency wanted to bribe the legislators.
“Many of us have forgotten about the third term agenda or the fact that many people who were also close to the seat of power were treated like sacred cows even in the fight against corruption but I do not want to join issues with Obasanjo for now on his letter so that one is not seen as endorsing impunity in our country, but other than the allegations of nepotism and clannishness which the presidency is notoriously noted for, I think, they are birds of same feathers.”
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