Obasanjo should apologize for ‘Odi’, ‘Zaki Biam’ - Femi Falana
- Human rights advocate, Femi Falana, has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to apologize to the country for the military invasions of Odi and Zaki Biam, during his administration
- Falana stated that Obasanjo should explain the basis for his recent appeal to President Buhari to dialogue with IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu; since he had also used military force to clamp down on agitators
- The senior advocate urged Buhari and southeast governors to consider the call for negotiation, as he noted that the former president had now realized the futility of military intervention
Femi Falana (SAN) has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to tender an apology to Nigerians for ordering the military to invade certain communities during his tenure, Punch reports.
Legit.ng notes that the human rights lawyer made his comments in response to recent calls by the former president for President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate with the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
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Falana called out Obasanjo for his hypocrisy, and reminded him of how he had used the military to clamp down on certain communities.
He stated: “In calling for a dialogue between President Buhari and Mr. Kanu, former President Obasanjo ought to have apologised publicly for the military invasions of Odi in Bayelsa State and Zaki Biam in Benue State ordered by him.
“The basis of the call should have been explained since President Obasanjo charged Niger Delta militants, leaders of ethnic militias and separatist movements with treason, which led to their prolonged detention in prison custody.
“Convinced that former President Obasanjo has realised that the criminalisation of such agitation did not achieve its objective, his suggestion for a dialogue should be seriously considered by President Buhari and the South-East governors.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said that the Operation Python Dance in the southeast region will not solve the problem of agitation.
Obasanjo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with Kanu before the social unrest degenerates into a full blown war.
Watch this Legit.ng TV video asking Nigerians if the Operation Python Dance campaign should be canceled.