'I wasn't consulted' -- Like Agbakoba, Dangiwa, Falana distances self from new political movement/ Falana

Foremost human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has dissociated himself from the newly formed National Consultative Front (NCF), a political movement ahead of the 2023 elections. 

NVS had earlier reported formation of the NCF led by eminent Nigerians and touted to engineer "reforms" in the country.

Falana had been named among members of the movement alongside former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba, renowned lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba and Oby Ezekwesili.

But in a statement issued on Friday, Falana distanced himself from the group, noting that he was neither consulted nor did he attend the meeting where the movement was launched.

He said the lack of consultation was indicative of th country's extant political atmosphere characterised by desperation.

The statement read: “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. 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. However, 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.

“I 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.

“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 appropriate 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 initiative will be proud not to be left out.”

The development comes after Agbakoba also denied membership of the group on Thursday over lack of consultation. 

Former Governor of Kaduna State, Umar Dangiwa, had also earlier disowned the NCF, citing a similar reason.