Femi Falana (SAN)
Activist lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said Friday that he is not a member of a pressure group recently launched by some prominent Nigerians called the Nigerian Consultative Forum (NCF).
In a speech in Lagos on Friday he gave this explanation, entitled:
“I am not involved in NCF”.
He said he would come to Nigerians at the right time to propose a new forum focused on a pro-mass-oriented anti-poverty plan.
Nevertheless, he commended all efforts to create an alternative forum with the ability to lift economic and political stupor from the long-suffering people of Nigeria.
He also recognized the fact that some of the NCF 's supporters are citizens inspired by the common good, adding that many of them made deep sacrifices to make Nigeria a better place to live.
According to him:
“In this light I commend what appears to be the genuine motive of the organizers of the National Consultative Forum.
“However, I observe that my name has been mentioned as one of the pillars behind this initiative.
“While I appreciate the concern of the leadership of the new group to enlist my support, I wish to say that at no time have I been consulted neither did I attend the meeting where the forum was launched.
“I appreciate the almost desperate situation progressive Nigerians find themselves in the bid to save Nigeria from what looks like an imminent shipwreck. This might have informed the haste with which many honest and dedicated hands find themselves.
“This clarification should not be conceived as opposition to all honest efforts designed to rescue Nigeria from the claws of abject poverty and increasing loss of hope.
“I wish to add that there are several efforts I have been involved lately and I believe there is a growing perspective that all efforts should be harmonized for maximum impact.
“At the appropriate time, we shall come before Nigerians to present the new platform which would be predicated upon pro-masses oriented anti-poverty program, and hopefully, the founders of the new initiative will be proud not to be left out.”