Popular Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has reprimanded All Progressive Congress’ (APC) presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari for taking a N27.5 million loan to purchase his party’s nomination ahead of next year’s election, a report by Punch states.
Falana made the assertion on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital while speaking with the Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ) at Paramount FM Chapel press week, stating that Buhari’s action was indefensible as it amounted to monetizing politics.
He said, “It is indefensible for Gen. Buhari to have obtained a loan facility of N27.5m just to obtain a form of intent to contest in the presidential election in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress. Is he going to obtain another loan during his campaign, because in Nigeria, it costs billions of naira to run a presidential campaign?”
Falana also warned journalists to be careful of phony politicians and focus on important issues.
He said, “Journalists must show more than a passing interest on how those aspirants want to manage the economy. The government must address mass illiteracy, corruption and poverty.”
He stated that the nation was facing numerous security issues including terrorism, kidnapping among others because of the high rate of unemployment, beseeching the federal government to tackle the insecurity in the country with as much zeal as the Ebola virus was tackled.
“Government gave Ebola Virus Disease attention because it is no respecter of anybody. But government is not conscious of the security of the people because they have security guards protecting them,” Falana said.