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Falana thanks Buhari for birthday message, calls for release of those detained ‘illegally’

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist, Femi Falana, on Thursday thanked Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria for his birthday wishes and prayers as he turned 60 on May 20.

Falana, who expressed the appreciation in a message in Lagos said that he was humbled by the love shown to him by Buhari on his birthday.

Falana, however, requested release of Nigerians detained `illegally’ across the country, as a special birthday gift from the Federal government.

“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wishes and prayers for me, but the birthday gift which I humbly ask from the Federal Government is more commitment to respect for human rights and rule of law.
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“In particular, all Nigerian citizens, who are being detained illegally in the country should be freed without any further delay,” he said.

Buhari had on Saturday, in a press release signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years.

The president prayed that God would grant the human rights campaigner longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.