Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has urged Nigerians to be cautious of politicians utilizing ethnicity and faith to divide the folks for his or her egocentric good points.
Falana alongside different distinguished Nigerians assured that the nation will overcome the challenges bedevilling it as a result of it’s a nation with great alternatives.
He spoke to journalists in the course of the inauguration ceremony of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) in Abuja on Saturday.
He mentioned: “This is a country of wonderful opportunities. We have always been united in our diversity. Right now, our country is sharply divided. Christians against Muslims, one ethnic group against another, and these are all diversionary tactics by the ruling class to keep our people divided.
“Nigeria will not be an Afghanistan; I can assure you of that. That is why all men and women of goodwill must mobilise the people to defend themselves. We need to set up a defence committee in every local government because the security people are overstretched.”
According to Falana, the issues in several components of the nation are the identical and fuelled by poverty.
“Notwithstanding that the northern part of the country has produced more rulers, poverty in the North, particularly in the North-West, is higher than other regions. This is why our people must be united, the oppressed must be united. The exploited must be united and we must examine those problems that are being used to divide our people,” he added.
He suggested the Nigerian authorities to collaborate with states on the challenges dealing with the nation to be able to put an finish to the widespread crises and insecurity.
Earlier, the chairman of the affiliation, who can be the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Chinedu Akabueze, mentioned the values impacted on its members by the Catholic Church had all the time been an excellent worth in shaping their characters.
“Based on our principles and values, we as old seminarians and Nigerians have confidence that our togetherness will impact on the future style of the Nigerian society positively,” he mentioned.