Mr. Femi Falana SAN, lead Defence Counsel to the embattled Omoyele Sowore has charged President Muhammed to guard against losing a sense of memory of his political history that brought about his emergence as the current democratically elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The uncompromising constitutional lawyer and human rights defender threw the challenge at the nation’s incumbent leader while playing a guest on the women-dominated morning show, Your View on Television Continental (TVC) Monday morning.
Falana reminded President Buhari of his electioneering days in 2011, 2003, 2007 and 2011 while contesting the presidency, all of which he (Buhari) lost and after which he called Nigerians out on revolutionary protests against the then constitutionally, democratically constituted government(s) of the period(s).
All these, Falana reminded General Muhammadu Buhari to have done without experiencing the kind of harassment, intimidation, threat and contemptuous manhandling that his security operatives have unleashed on Sowore, who in similar circumstance, lost a presidential bid against the incumbent and in his Sowore’s resolute belief in change, also called Nigerians out for a revolution to ultimately lead to the ousting of Buhari government.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also recalled that the person of General Muhammadu Buhari led a 1983 coup that toppled the democratically constituted government of the (now late) Shehu Shagari to come back over three decades later to enjoy the fruit of democracy even as chief executive of the nation.
Falana, SAN, observed with utter dismay that the brazen contempt of court and abuse of human rights as being displayed by operatives of the State Security Services (DSS) under Buhari’s watch was alien to Nigerian political cum judicial history.
This is even as the Ekiti State-born smileful but punchy lawyer recalled that the then contestant Buhari had, in his desperation for power, urged Nigerian to rise up and emulate the Egypt-like revolution that led to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak.