I’m not part of Consultative Forum, but not against them-Falana
By Samuel Ogunsona
Prominent lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has said that he is not a founding member of the National Consultative Forum, (NCF) which earlier listed him as a major pillar.
In a statement this weekend made available to Irohinoodua, said Falana said while he supports genuine efforts aimed at the Nigerian renaissance, he is never part of the NCF.
Falana said “My attention has been drawn to the launching of the Nigerian Consultative Forum (NCF) led by some notable Nigerians. I wish to commend all efforts aimed at creating an alternative platform with the potential of lifting the long suffering people of Nigeria from economic and political stupor.”
He said further “I also recognise the fact that some of the promoters of the NCF are people who are motivated by the common good. Many of them have made profound sacrifices to make Nigeria a better place to live. In this light I commend what appears to be the genuine motive of the organisers of the National Consultative Forum.”
Falana said “I observe that my name has been mentioned as one of the pillars behind this initiative. While I appreciate the concern of the leadership of the new group to enlist my support, I wish to say that at no time have I been consulted neither did I attend the meeting where the forum was launched.”
Falana said “l appreciate the almost desperate situation progressive Nigerians find themselves in the bid to save Nigeria from what looks like an imminent shipwreck. This might have informed the
haste with which many honest and dedicated hands find themselves.”
He said further “This clarification should not be conceived as opposition to all honest efforts designed to rescue Nigeria from the claws of abject poverty and increasing loss of hope. I wish to add that there are several efforts I have been involved lately and I believe there is a growing perspective that all efforts should be harmonised for maximum impact. At the approriate time, we shall come before Nigerians to present the new platform which would be predicated upon pro-masses oriented anti-poverty programme, and hopefully, the founders of the new intiative will be proud not to be left out.”