A legal luminary, Femi Falana has expressed worry over 2023 general elections, saying it could be jeopardized.
Falana expressed this on Thursday at the final sitting of the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution South-West Zonal Public Hearing, Lagos Centre, held in Ikeja.
The human rights lawyer, who in his presentation condemned the rate of impunity in the country expressed that 2023 general elections could be jeopardised because some parts of the country are experiencing what he referred to as a civil war.
He said in his presentation: “Our country is ruled by the rule of the rulers, and not rule of law. People commit all manner of crime and get away with it because there are no sanctions. This must change. The Social Security Bill must also work, so that jobless people can get stipends, pending when they get full employment.
“What can we do very quickly to save this country which is on the verge of collapse? If you don’t want people to break away from Nigeria, we must give them confidence and a sense of belonging, don’t declare war.
“Therefore, for the constitutional amendment to be fruitful, for us to have genuine outputs from this meeting, peace must reign. We must address Nigeria’s problem frontally. We must also give people the confidence of peace and inclusion if we must kill the cries for secession. Don’t declare war.
“In fact, in some parts of the country, the 2023 elections are already threatened.
“INEC offices are being burnt, police stations are being burnt. In that kind of atmosphere, we cannot pretend that there is political stability in our country.
“Essentially, I am making a case for the poor; the masses of our people who are generally not represented in fora of this nature which are most times for the elites and privileged among our people.
“Unless we are prepared to make these provisions justiciable and enforceable, this country will know no peace.”