- Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Afe Balalola has lamented the current poor state of Nigeria's economy and called for a legal change of government
- Babalola decried the current high level of poverty and insecurity and urged youths not to keep quiet in calling for a change
- The founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti also hailed ex-president Obasanjo for not keeping quiet in the country's trying times
Erudite lawyer Afe Babalola(SAN) has called on Nigerians to effect a change of government in a bloodless manner because the country is currently at the lowest level in all its history.
Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, August 12 night, Babalola noted that Nigerians were suffering from hunger, poverty and insecurity.
"When people are hungry they become angry, when people are angry, they become violent," Afe Babalola warned, "There is hunger in the land, there is poverty in the land, there is insecurity in the land.
"Can you imagine a telephone (call) coming from a mother who says ‘Look, I have three children, we haven’t had breakfast today; please (give us) whatever you can give us’? Things are really bad"
The lawyer, who termed the early 1960s as Nigeria's most peaceful and prosperous era ever, said the country has never been this down in all its history.
"I am in a position to compare what it was (like), whether pre-independence – that is ’50 to ’60, or First Republic – that is ’60 to ’66 when the army took over. It was the golden era of peace, of the tranquility of growing economy."
The lawyer noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari's government has not done much differently from past administrations.
He hailed former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for having Nigeria's best interest at heart and warned that the way the Buhari administration is handling the economy is not helping the situation.
He said:"This present government made it a cardinal principle to fight corruption, it's not a new thing. Obasanjo in its own time had a leadership forum addressing corruption.
"There are many ways to communicate with leaders. I happened to be very close to (Chief Olusegun) Obasanjo in government. I was lawyer for the government. Now, if anybody claims to know Obasanjo, I belong to that group. He is a sincere person."
"When you have a heavy foreign debt, you are calling for danger in your economy because you are going to spend a larger part of your money servicing the debt."
"Our foreign debt today is worse than what it was when he (Obasanjo) came in and fought for (debt relief). You see, this (Obasanjo) is a man who is respected abroad but not respected at home by a few people."
Babalola also provided a solution to the current challenges Nigeria has.
"I have no problem in coming to the right decision that we need a sovereign national conference to resolve our problems."
But the camp of President Buhari disagrees with Babalola's position. According to them, the Nigerian leader is doing quite well.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos state, Joe Igbowe, asked Nigerians to support President Buhari’s administration, stating that the president is doing well.
Igbokwe, who also appeared as a guest on a Channels Television’s programme on Monday, August 12, blamed the nation’s woes on the previous administrations since 1999.
According to him: “Anyone with the insinuation that President Buhari’s government has not done well is a liar from the pit of hell.”
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