A human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, yesterday called on the federal government to dialogue with secessionists and agitators across the country.
He opposed the shoot-on-sight order by the federal government, especially in the South-East, saying the government cannot declare a war on any part of the country without going through the National Assembly in line with Section 304 of the 1999 constitution.
Falana stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 25th Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) with the theme, “Assessing the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria (2015-2020).”
The programme, which was to mark the country’s Democracy Day, was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), among others.
The legal luminary said while no reasonable Nigerian would support the insurrection in the South-East, it was also wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to have declared war on the people of the region.