- Femi Falana has urged President Buhari to release all Nigerians illegally detained across Nigeria as a special birthday for him
- He said he was humbled by the love shown to him by President Buhari on his birthday
- Buhari had on Saturday, May 19, in a press release signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years
A senior advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, on Thursday, May 23, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his birthday wishes and prayers as he turned 60 on May 20.
Falana expressed the appreciation in a message he copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that he was humbled by the love shown to him by Buhari on his birthday.
Falana, however, requested release of Nigerians detained `illegally’ across the country, as a special birthday gift from the federal government.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wishes and prayers for me, but the birthday gift which I humbly ask from the federal government is more commitment to respect for human rights and rule of law.
“In particular, all Nigerian citizens, who are being detained illegally in the country should be freed without any further delay,” he said.
NAN reports that Buhari had on Saturday, May 19, in a press release signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years
The president prayed that God would grant the human rights campaigner longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a senior lawyer in Nigeria, Femi Falana, criticised the federal government for the continued incarceration of El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), as well as the handling of a recent protest by his members.
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