Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has asked the Federal Government to address issues of insecurity, youth unemployment and lopsided appointments instead of a misguided move against activist, Sunday Igboho.
Falana in a statement on Sunday, said it would be a waste of time to arrest Igboho when critical issues on the country’s social-political milieu has not been addressed.
The activist wrote, “Instead of asking the police to arrest Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho) and possibly detain him, the Federal Government should take urgent steps to address the allegations of lopsided appointments and violent attacks on farmers by armed herders.
“As a matter of urgency, the Buhari administration should confront the worsening insecurity in the country. In particular, the war on counter-insurgency should be extended to armed herders and bandits.
“At the same time, the crises of youth unemployment and mass poverty should be addressed without any further delay. The Federal Government and state governments should implement pro-people’s programmes to discourage Nigerians from campaigning for the balkanisation of the country.”
Falana said this in reaction to reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu, sent letters to Igboho during the weekend.
According to Igboho spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, the first letter from the IGP came through DHL while the second one was delivered by a team of police officers.
Igboho had earlier accused the Nigerian army of spying on him.
He said he caught two soldiers deployed for that purpose in his neighborhood.
But the Nigeria Defence Headquarters switchly replied that it couldn’t stoop so low to spying on an individual.