A pro-democracy group, Save Nigeria Movement, has called on the Human Rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN, to eschew from alleged blackmail against the country in the international community, following the Department of State Security Services’ continued detention of his client, Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, the convener of the group, Solomon Semaka, warned Mr Falana that, “the idea of riding on the platform of human rights to pitch Nigeria especially against the international community is not the route to follow”.
Mr Semaka said: “Hiding under the cover of human rights advocate, Falana finds it convenient to take a swipe at the nation and its security outfits not minding the fact that he is undermining the integrity of the Nigerian state.
“He has consistently shied away from proving to been the advocate of justice as he claims. For instance, one expects that Mr Falana would have perfected the bail conditions as given by the Court to secure the release of his newfound friend Sowore rather than taking to blackmail.”
“Consequently, we are here to let Nigerians know that Femi Falana, should change his unpatriotic war against the state of Nigeria,” the group noted.
The group, therefore, urged the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee to investigate Mr Falana’s relationship with organisations with vested interests in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government and State Governments are spending so much on reconciliation and peacebuilding that any attempt by the likes of Mr. Femi Falana and Mr. Omoleye Sowore, to derail this progressive trend will backfire not just against the over 200 million Nigerians but against Africa, West Africa especially and the black race in general.
“Governments across the three tiers are still battling to settle Nigerians sent back home because of the recent South Africa’s xenophobic attack on foreigners in that country. Nigeria cannot afford another war now and in the future,” the submitted.
“While we appreciate the concerns of patriotic Nigerians about the future of the country, the un-nationalistic posture of just one Nigerian Mr. Omoyele Sowore, bent on setting fire on Nigeria must not be allowed by Nigerians like us.
“We all know that Sahara Reporters, a news channel owned by Sowore is being sustained by foreigners and agents who do not wish Nigeria well,” the group added.