Fish Out Coup Plotters, Falana Tells FG
A Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has called on the federal authorities to take a bold step in arresting those rumoured to be planning to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,
Speaking at a colloquium on Kwara@50 organised by The Movement For Genuine Change in Ilorin, the human rights lawyer said the alleged coup plotters should be tried for treasonable felony.
In his paper titled “Politics, Leadership And Accountability: The Role Of The People,” Falana warned the political class to stop playing into the hands of the plotters.
“While the decision of the Army chief to alert the nation of the devilish plot is appreciated, the authorities should proceed to fish out the coup plotters and their civilian collaborators with a view to trying them for treasonable felony.
“Notwithstanding the glaring shortcomings of the fragile democratic process, the people should be allowed to take advantage of the democratic structures to take their political destiny in their own hands,” the paper reads.
On the economic front, Falana called for the resuscitation of the Peoples’ Bank to give loans to indigent citizens who could not access loans in commercial banks.
“The Islamic Bank and others which are not going to charge interests should be established. In addition, the federal government should spend the fund recovered from corrupt public officers and their privies on job creation and fixing of hospitals and schools as well as the funding of other social services,” he said.