Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has called on Nigerians to be cautious of politicians who are bent on using ethnicity and religion as a tool of division for their selfish interests.
Falana made the disclosure when he spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) in Abuja.
He advised Nigerians to value the peace they have and not throw it away to politicians who only think about their stomachs and nothing else.
He said: “This is a country of wonderful opportunities. We have always been united in our diversity. Right now, our country is sharply divided. Christians against Muslims, one ethnic group against another, and these are all diversionary tactics by the ruling class to keep our people divided.
“Nigeria will not be an Afghanistan; I can assure you of that. That is why all men and women of goodwill must mobilise the people to defend themselves. We need to set up a defence committee in every local government because the security people are overstretched.”
“Notwithstanding that the northern part of the country has produced more rulers, poverty in the North, particularly in the North-West, is higher than other regions. This is why our people must be united, the oppressed must be united. The exploited must be united and we must examine those problems that are being used to divide our people,”
Falana also stated that the crisis of armed herders can be solved scientifically if the right thing is done.
He said: “Take the question of animal husbandry, where herders— armed herders are killing people. This is a problem that can be solved scientifically.
“Today, the governors of Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina states have banned the interstate movement of cattle. Which is a ban on open grazing.
“So if you are giving money for ranching to Katsina state, why are you now looking for grazing routes in other states?
“This problem should be left to the states because aside from the federal capital territory, the land in every state is vested in the state governor on behalf of the people.
“The federal government should not continue to cause problems for our people.”
Femi Falana has called on Nigerians to be cautious of politicians who are bent on using ethnicity and religion as a tool of division for their selfish interests.