- Femi Falana has alleged that the Nigerian government is infringing on the rights of poor Nigerians
- The senior lawyer said the unannounced closure of the Seme border by FG is harassment of poor Nigerians in the name of fighting corruption
- According to Falana, the rich among Nigerians already know how to sort themselves out while the poor ones are struggling with hardship
Human rights activist and senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the federal government to stop the harassment poor Nigerians in the name of fighting corruption.
Falana accusing the federal government of infringing on the rights of Nigerians said the unannounced closure of the Seme border on Tuesday, August 20, by officials is a harassment of poor traders.
The senior lawyer who spoke at at the 13th Anti-Corruption Situation Room organised by the Human Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), while the rich among Nigerians already know how to sort themselves out, the poor are struggling with hardship.
He said: “The government must stop harassing the poor because the rich already know how to take care of themselves.
“Accepted that the government was trying to fight corruption but in fighting smugglers, the government shouldn’t fight the poor," Falana added.
He also urged that the fight against corruption in Nigeria be taken to states and local government area with the aim of developing sanctions against impunity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service had said that the Seme border will remain closed for the next 28-days.
The service however said that those doing legitimate business within the border have nothing to fear as the FG approved Joint Military operation is ongoing in the area.
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