Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has said the division amongst Nigerians is caused by the policies of the federal government.
Mr Falana, a foremost human rights activist, in the company of like-minded stakeholders have been exploring the possibility of a progressive coalition on the platform of The Peoples Alternative Political Movement, which they say will turn the fortunes of the West African country.
“At the moment, Nigerians are divided because of the policies of the government,” Mr Falana said on Thursday when he featured on an ARISE News programme, The Morning Show.
“Let me tell you one that we have just taken up from our movement. The president sent nominees for the membership of the governing council of the human rights commission.
“Our movement studied this and discovered that it was full of lopsidedness, whereas in one region of seven states, out of four people nominated in that region, three came from one (Kebbi) state. Of the six geo-political zones nobody was nominated from the northeast zone which records the highest number of human rights violations because of the counter-insurgency operations going on there.”
“If we just throw up our hands in helplessness and you allow lopsided appointments to go on and be used to divide our people, we have a duty now to arrest such ugly development, and that is part of what our movement is doing,” Falana said.
By Abel Ejikeme