Femi Falana is currently blaming Nigeria president Buhari for the stress Lagosians are going through after banning Okada and Keke Napep in the state. The Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said Buhari as a head of state from 1983-1985 made a move that resulted in the presented hardship in Lagos State.
According to Falana, ”Falz” the rap star’s father, a metro line project which would have catered for and modernize the mass transit challenge Lagos State is currently suffering from was killed by Muhammadu Buhari.
In 1983, General Buhari ”as he then was” cancelled the $200m metro line contract signed by then Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, thereby paving way for what Lagos is experiencing today.
“We had paid $200m and there was a penalty that if the contract was cancelled, Nigeria would pay colossally. We were dragged to arbitration. I don’t remember the figure now, but we were fined. So, metro line, we don’t have; money we have lost and inconvenience has continued since then.
“So, we also have a right, if we are organised in a civilized manner, to demand from the Abuja people, ‘You must pay back the cost of that metro line that you cancelled; so that we can restore it,” Falana said.
Despite the yearning of Lagosians over the suffering they’re going through as a resulting of banning Okada and Keke Napep in the state, the state government has refused to give thought to reversing the decision.
After serving as head of state from 1983 to 1985, President Buhari returned to power as a civilian government in 2015, a success he recorded after three previous attempts. He, however, returned to office as a re-elected president in 2019 general election.