Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Femi Falana opens up on why he was droppd from Buhari's ministerial list.

Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana has opened up on why he was not appointed a minister in Buhari’s administration. According to him, he was actually contacted but dropped because of “ideological reasons.”

It was widely speculated that Falana would be made the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice but he said this did not happen as some quarters see him as “too radical.” Read what he said after the cut.........

“I was actually contacted. I was actually invited to come on board. It took me appreciable time to make up my mind. Along the way, I was made to understand there were people who were opposed to my appointment for ideological reasons. It is their right to do so. For me, it would have been a call to service, not to make money.

Those who believe that I should mobilise people to put in a word for me, or wanted me to speak to somebody I fought on principle several years ago were, of course, disappointed. This guy actually headed one of the universities at a time students were killed. “I had to support the students’ cause at that time. You don’t then expect me to go to him and swallow my vomit. This is what I mean by the ideological price.” Falana said there were also “certain leaders” of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that opposed his appointment because he was not a member of the party. “Of course, they are right. Certain people wanted me to be opportunistic by offering to backdate a membership card for me. I said, ‘no, over my dead body’. I wasn’t looking for a job. I was gainfully employed.”

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