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Falana urges Buhari to find lasting solutions to killings


Human rights activist, Femi Falana, on Tuesday urged Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria to take measures to end the incessant killing of Nigerians in parts of the country.

Falana made the call at the National Honours Investiture for heroes of democracy, especially late MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election in the country, at Aso Villa, Abuja.

The President had on Wednesday announced the national honours award to Abiola and his running mate in the election, Babagana Kingibe and late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi.

He also declared June 12 as new Democracy Day in the country in place of May 29.

Falana said that killings in the country were beginning to escalate and called on the President to urgently address it.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) assured that Nigerians, especially human rights group, would support the government in the effort to quell the acts.

According to him, human rights community in the country will work assiduously with your administration to put an end to the reckless killing of our people.

Falana also requested the President to direct security forces in the country, including the Police, to respect fundamental rights of every Nigeria in the spirit of June 12.

He deplored the rampant incidents of flagrant abuse of rights of Nigerians by security operatives without cause.

The human rights lawyer also advised Buhari to engage Nigerians in meaningful fight against poverty in the country.

“Let me tell you what late Abiola would have wanted you to do. We want you to engage Nigerians to wage a meaningful fight against poverty in the country.

“We have enormous resources to make Nigerians happy.

“Section 16 of the Nigerian Constitution ensures that the collective wealth, commonwealth of Nigerians remains in the hands of the masses and not in the hands of a few.’’

He commended Buhari for the posthumous award conferred on Abiola and recognition of June 12 as democracy day.

“Mr President, we want to thank you very tremendously for recognising June 12. Some people are saying you should declare the result; you have declared the result.

“We now know the winner of that election officially, who is now being honoured with the order of GCFR reserved for Heads of Government in Nigeria.

“Before this regime, we have had seven Governments that pretended that June 12 never existed. In the words of Abiola, we were clapping with one hand, but today, we are clapping with two hands,” Falana said.