Mr. Femi Falana SAN, a foremost Nigerian Constitutional lawyer, and activist has recently criticized the incessant borrowing of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The popular Legal Practitioner who featured on Reference Daily News‘ “The Opinion” on the 18th September 2020, hinged the failure of the administration on the allergic disposition of its leader to wise counsels.
Falana who revealed his dissatisfaction at the speedy dissent of the Nigeria country into economic recession also felt disappointed at its being the Haven for the largest number of poverty-stricken people in the world.
On the president not listening to the voice of reason, Falana said, “the government is not listening to even its own Advisers. Just a few days ago, the Chief Economic Adviser to the president came out and I think out of frustration to advise against more borrowing by the government and of course, you all know how dangerous borrowing is. So, the government is piling up debts.
He further said, “we have said publicly that if the government was committed to the Anti-corruption crusade, by now the country would have been able to recover enough funds to prosecute projects in the country and take care of social services.
“For instance, in October 2018, the Supreme court ordered the government to collect royalties that were not collected for 18 years from the Oil Majors. Of course, the government made a demand for the payment of the money, but as soon as the oil companies kicked, that was the end of the matter and very soon we are going to take up the matter in court to compel the government to collect the funds.
In furtherance of his speech, Falana said, “Recently, the Alliance of Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, ASCAB wrote to the Minister of Finance that the government could collect or recover 94 trillion Naira: either stolen fund, funds criminally diverted or the money-wasting all around. But up till now, the government has not even acknowledged the receipt of the letter.
“Of course, if you also think about the word terror, insecurity in the country. Again, you ask yourself whether the government is committed to the eradication of terrorism. In May this year, the Attorney-General of the country did say that the government has a list of 400 sponsors of terror. A few days later, it was announced that 800 terror suspects were going to be tried. Up till now, none of them has been arraigned in court and with respect to insecurity.
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