Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has Nigeria will not become another Afghanistan despite the insecurity in the country.
Falana said this on Saturday at the inauguration ceremony of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) in Abuja.
The senior advocate of Nigeria, who joined other prominent Nigerians at the event, assured that the nation will overcome its challenges.
“This is a country of wonderful opportunities. We have always been united in our diversity. Right now, our country is sharply divided. Christians against Muslims, one ethnic group against another, and these are all diversionary tactics by the ruling class to keep our people divided”, Falana said.
“Nigeria will not be an Afghanistan; I can assure you of that. That is why all men and women of goodwill must mobilise the people to defend themselves. We need to set up a defence committee in every local government because the security people are overstretched”.
He said politicians in the north are using poverty to divide the people for selfish gain.
“Notwithstanding that the northern part of the country has produced more rulers, poverty in the North, particularly in the North-West, is higher than other regions. This is why our people must be united, the oppressed must be united. The exploited must be united and we must examine those problems that are being used to divide our people,” he added.
He advised the federal government to collaborate with the state governors on the challenges facing the country, in order to put an end to the widespread crises and insecurity.
Earlier, Chinedu Akabueze, chairman of the association and clerk to the House of Representatives, said the values impacted on its members by the Catholic Church have always been a great value in shaping their characters.
“Based on our principles and values, we as old seminarians and Nigerians have confidence that our togetherness will impact on the future style of the Nigerian society positively,” he said.