Falana recently revealed this on Channels Television, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, Buratai, Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic was allegedly told that the country follows rule of law when he asked for Yoruba nation agitator, and the request was made when Tukur hadn’t submitted his letter of credence to Benin Republic’s President.
He added that if a group of people decide to fight for the breakup of the country, it is the duty of the government to repose confidence in the corporate existence of Nigeria.
His words, “In the case of Sunday Igboho, again despite my disagreement with him, I came out to say you cannot just throw him into a waiting plane as we were told, it was attempted.”
“You have to go to court. You have to make a request under international law, under the ECOWAS convention on extradition.”
“The government of Nigeria is requested to submit an extradition request to the government of Benin Republic and so when the plenipotentiary, General Yusuf Buratai (retired), who at that time had not submitted his letters of credence asked that Igboho be handed over to him.”
“He was told, ‘sorry, we operate the rule of law here’. That is why that matter is still in court.”
“Personally, I am strenuously opposed to the campaign for the balkanisation of Nigeria because I believe the masses of our people are oppressed by the ruling class and imperialism.”
“To that extent, I have a fundamental ideological disagreement with those who are calling for the breakup of the country along ethnic lines.”
“If a group of people decides to fight for the breakup of the country, the duty of the government is to try as much as possible to convince them to repose confidence in the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
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