Group wants Buhari to disregard petition against Falana
A group, World Alliance Against Terrorism, Violence and Inhuman Treatment, (WAATVIT) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the petition written against Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), describing it as mischievous and callous, besides claiming it was aimed at undermining and discrediting Falana and by so doing frustrate and thwart his appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The body said it decided to comment on the matter because it cannot keep lips while some disgruntle elements for selfish and parochial reasons take steps to thwart the effort of President Buhari in bringing about the desired change for the poor masses.
After an extraordinary emergency meeting of the organization held during the week in Akure, Ondo state capital, the group stated “We boldly state without reservation that Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) is a distinguished and respectable human right activist with incorruptible and dogged character in his private and public life. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) right from his university days has being in the forefront for actualization of a true Nigerian state where everybody irrespective of social class will be equal before the law.
“Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) as a distinguished and respectable member of the bar has contributed immensely towards re-engineering of our country through various reforms as postulated in his law books and publications. This rare Nigerian has never shy away from shouldering the tears and agony of the Nigerian masses and this is trite and established facts from the various human right campaigns and struggles which he pursued with ruggedity and doggedity.
“Against this backdrop, we state that we are not in a position to determine for you whom you should appoint as your minister. However, it will be a disservice if we seal our lips and allow those who lack all sense of credibility both in their private and public life to abuse your mindset in reaching a decision on issues relating to the ministerial appointment. Most especially as it affects Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) and other meritorious characters that may make your list.”
In the release jointly signed by the Africa President and Secretary of the association, Bar Anthony Orunkoya and Comrade Okwudili Peter Okala repectively, it also stated, “Your Excellency Sir, we most passionately appeal to you to be sagacious and meticulous in your decision in this regard. The parochial reasons being proffered against Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) is not worthy of any consideration. Our country is gradually shifting from tribal, ethnic, religious and other mundane sentiment as a yardstick in the election and/or appointment of our leaders hence your overwhelming victory at the polls.
“Your Excellency Sir, you were elected by politicians, non-politicians, professionals, market women, the employed, the unemployed and by the general masses. It is therefore our view that in your choice of a minister and the general discharge of your duties, the interest of Nigerians should be your primary consideration. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) is a man of impeccable character and is eminently qualified to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, those who ruin Ekiti State should not be allowed to deny Nigerians of the best brains and bones to lead them in achieving socio-political and economic re-engineering of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Providing some information about their activity as an organisation, the body stated, “Our organisation is a human right group charged with the responsibility of protecting the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens in accordance with the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our organisation also propagates equity and social justice for the entire human race in a bid to ensure global peace and security. In doing this, we take up pressing social issues and address them in a manner that will bring about social engineering. Such social issues could be peculiar to an individual, class of individuals or the generality of the people.”