Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), while speaking at a symposium organised by Coalition for Revolution (CORE) in Lagos, revealed that many leaders at a time had called for revolution in the country. He stated that the call for revolution in the country is not new. Falana stated this on Monday, August 19.
The legal practitioner went on to state that Nigerians had called for revolution during the colonial rule. However, the senior advocate of Nigeria, stated that, unlike what is obtainable now, those who had called for revolution in those days were not charged with treason.
“Let the authorities in Abuja know that call for revolution is not new. Political leaders in this country have been calling for revolution and nobody charged them.
“When Nigeria was at this stage in the 1940’s, a group of young Nigerians, the Zikists, gathered at Glover Hall (Lagos).
“Their leader, Osita Agbonna, delivered a lecture titled ‘A Call For Revolution’ and those who shared the same thoughts with them were arrested and charged with sedition, that they were trying to embarrass the colonial regime.
“They were not charged with treason or treasonable felony.”
He went on to state that he was reminded of the era of military dictatorship when the venue of the symposium was cordoned off by the police and State Security Services earlier on Monday.
“When we were outside and were told the symposium will not hold, my mind went back to 30 years ago during the Babangida and then the Abacha junta when we could not meet.
“We defeated both dictators and I can assure you that any other dictator will not be allowed to rear his ugly head.”
He further revealed that the government knew those breaching the peace of the country.
“The Buhari administration knows those who are breaching the peace of Nigeria- terrorists, armed robbers, herdsmen, coup plotters and others.
“Those who went on the street to protest in exercise of their right to assembly and complain against injustice, corruption and maladministration in our country cannot be said to have breached the peace in our country.”
He added that those who were behind the revolution movement, should not give up yet.
“A revolution, like Chairman Mao Tse Tung said, is not a dinner party. A revolution is a very serious, rigorous and consistent battle for the soul of a country.
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Recall that it was reported that the police sealed off the venue of a symposium where Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana and other speakers were to speak on the insecurity bedevilling the country.
Police vans were seen at strategic locations around the venue, 46 Ibijoke street, Oluyole bus-stop, Oregun, Lagos.