Obasanjo Must Apologise To Nigerians – Falana
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo must apologise to Nigerians for sending soldiers to invade Odi Community in Bayelsa State where many innocent people were killed.
A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, made this call in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday morning.
Falana was reacting to Obsanjo’s advice on the deployment of troops in Abia State against the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Obasanjo had advised President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu instead of deploying soldiers to his residence and other parts of Abia State.
Falana said that while he would like Buhari to consider Obasanjo’s advice, he would also want the former president to tender apology to Nigerians for criminalizing agitation during his administration.
He said, “Perhaps because Obasanjo realized that his strategy of arresting, detaining of agitators and infringement on their human rights by his administration did not work made him to advise Buhari on dialogue.”
He also faulted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s call for Council of State meeting to resolve the IPOB crisis.
Falana said that there was no need for such since the military had since been deployed in Abia State.
“Why did the government not hold Council of State meeting before sending soldiers to Abia,” Falana queried.