Falana calls for Azazi

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called for the removal of the National Security Adviser, Awoeye Azazi, if he failed to defend his claim that Boko Haram’s deadly attacks were politically motivated by identifying and prosecuting the sect’s backers.

The NSA’s remark, made on Thursday at the South-South Economic summit in Asaba, Delta state, as the nation witnessed another suicide bomb attack on ThisDay newspaper house in Abuja, has drawn scorching criticisms.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The reckless statement credited to general azazi should not go unchallenged,” Mr. Falana said.

“Since he knows those who are using Boko Haram sect to cause mayhem, he should name them and ensure that they are prosecuted. Otherwise he should resign or be sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Mr. Azazi, a retired army general, blamed the group’s unabated attacks on the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s politics of exclusion which he said had fuelled discontent.

President Goodluck Jonathan denounced the comments while visiting the bombed premises of THISDAY on Saturday.

Mr. Jonathan said the NSA might have miscommunicated and that Nigerians need to ask him for clarification.

“People need to ask the NSA to explain what he really meant,” the president said.

He said he did not believe happenings within his party, the PDP, had a role in crisis. After the president spoke, the PDP issued a statement later on Saturday condemning Mr. Azazi’s remarks.

Mr. Falana called on the president to replace his chief security advisor if the general failed to identify and prosecute those he knew as the sponsors of Boko Haram, or refused to step down.




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  • Onyeka Chris

    I sincerely believe that the General deserves the commendation of every good Nigerian for his boldness and courage at this time rather than the condemnation I hear from some quarters. I am surprised that Mr Falana would join those who are villifying him. In one breath we talk about encouraging whistle blowers and in another we condemn one of them. Are we asking that he be punished for Saying the Truth or when has the Truth become reckless? We should encourage him so that others like him will speak up. Our position should have been that of supporting him and urging him to provide the basis for his assertion through evidence and intelligence that would be useful in stopping BH and bringing their sponsors to Book.

    • Seember

      It is reckless as long as it is not backed up b evidence or for that matter arrest, of the perpetrators, because there is no justification for taking innocent lives. Their motive for killing does not count; in so far as they have the intention to kill. So what we are asking for, is that as the NSA, he should work towards making sure those behind this crimes are arrested. If not, it does not help to stop the crises. Rather it justifies it and that is not what we need. There must be a balance

  • femi marcus

    Mr Falana did not condemn the Azazi’s comments on the crisis in Nigeria,he only demanding for more explanation from him could share more light to apprehend the sponsors so sect call bokoharam.

  • Lanre

    Egbon Femi (Mr. Femi Falana). There is a time to keep quiet. You cannot practice this your law in a situation of insecurity. Don’t be hasty in your response and you are not the only one that knows how to issue statements. It is obvious to any observer of this situation General Azazi is fed up, Probably before he goes (resigns or gets sacked) he needs to let Nigerians know that the President is surrounded by enemies.

  • Gbello17

    As I understand it, Mr. Falana’s statement is not an outright condemnation of theNSA but a request for more explanation the NSA should be more explicit so that Nigerians will know who d BH sponsors are and d authorities will also know how to deal with d situation. Failing which d NSA should pls resign public office for reckless and irresponsible public utterances.