Mr. Femi Falana
By Toba Suleiman
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted the ongoing constitution amendment by the National Assembly, which he described, as being not in the overall interest of the masses.
Fielding questions from journalists in Ilawe Ekiti, Ekiti State Tuesday, shortly after a programme organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), tagged ‘Reading Parent Initiative, he said the exercise was an arrangement by the ruling class to serve their selfish interests.
Falana lamented that what the lawmakers were doing by tinkering with the views of the populace amounted to voting against their interests expressed through public hearings organised last year in different constituencies nationwide.
He said: “But that is not what they are doing. The National Assembly members are simply amending the constitution to reflect their own class interest. It is not about Nigerians’ interest.
“What is going on is a self-serving arrangement by the National Assembly people. If they have taken the interest of Nigerians at heart, you are not supposed to be voting against what you got from the field.
“My view is that the ongoing constitution amendment is not a popular programme; it is selfish, self-serving arrangement by the ruling class for their own selfish interest and whether you like it or not we are still going to write the constitution of Nigeria.”
The activist, who reiterated calls for the convocation of sovereign national conference (SNC), regretted that the country did not have a workable constitution as the present document was imposed on the nation by the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar junta.
Earlier, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, Bishop Felix Ajakaye and Falana, had spoken on the need for parents to educate their wards.
The speakers reminded parents of the existence of the child rights’ law in the state, which forbids children of school age to hawk during school hours or they risk being jailed.
The monarch described the stand of the Senate on underage marriage as provocative and dehumanising, saying it was capable of causing religious imbalance in Nigeria.