Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has lashed on two former Presidents, Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo for advising President Muhammadu Buhari on the need for dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB’s continuous demand for secession by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has seen them clash with soldiers under ‘operation Python Dance II’ in Umuahia and Aba in Abia State.
However, the human rights lawyer believes that the agitation for secession by the youths in the Southeast region boils down to the government’s inability to provide employment and food security.
He also pointed out that Obasanjo and Jonathan are not in a good position to advice Buhari considering the fact that they also violated the rights of the people in Niger Delta.
“The basis of the call should have been explained since President Obasanjo charged Niger Delta militants, leaders of ethnic militias and separatist movements with treason, which led to their prolonged detention in prison custody.
Convinced that former President Obasanjo has realized that the criminalization of such agitation did not achieve its objective, his suggestion for a dialogue should be seriously considered by President Buhari and the South-East governors.
For goodness sake, why was such a meeting not called before soldiers were deployed in the Niger Delta to deal with militants?
Did President Jonathan call any meeting before deploying soldiers all over the country for the 2015 general elections in defiance of the judgments of the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal?
Instead of suggesting irrelevant meetings, the root causes of the increasing loss of faith in the corporate existence of Nigeria by unemployed youths and other poverty-stricken people should be urgently addressed by the ruling class.”