Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has condemned the ultimatum issued by activist Sunday Igboho to Fulani herdsmen residing in Igangan forests in Oyo State.
Falana has said that Igboho has no constitutional rights to chase out a fellow citizen from a community. According to him, a private citizen cannot just wake up and say anybody should leave a community.
The award-winning lawyer stated that it is against the rules of law to do so. He stated that the government cannot even do so because it would be contravening the Constitution. He made this statement during a lengthy Facebook Live with BBC News Pidgin.
In his words;
“With profound respect under our laws, even a squatter cannot be ejected and that is why on a daily basis, tenants are given quit notices by landlords or owners of properties.
“So, a private citizen cannot wake up and say anybody should leave the community, you must embrace the rule of law. Nobody can do that, not even the government because section 43 of the constitution says every citizen shall have the right to own and acquire properties in any parts of the country.
“The campaign of the human rights community is that if you are born in a place, or you have lived for not less than ten years in any part of the country, you should be considered an indigene and be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the so-called indigenes of the state. So, for me, there is no way I can embrace anyone who has given quit notice to any group of people..
“We must stop the idea of criminal profiling. If anybody has committed an offence or a group of people has committed an offence, we must fish them out and have them tried under the law but you can’t wake up and say all Yoruba people, all Hausa people are criminals, all Igbo people are criminals. No, it is a fallacy of generalisation.”