Falana Declares Alleged Panel Of First Lady Illegal As Women Group Wants Her To Apologize

Lagos Lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana
(SAN) yesterday said, the alleged panel of inquiry set up by the first lady,
Mrs Patience Jonathan over the missing school girls is illegal, unconstitutional,
null and void.
Falana wants the panel immediately disbanded as the first
lady as no right whatsoever to set up a panel over this. Falana also says her alleged
statement saying no girls were missing is also wrong, after CAN tried its
possible best to release over 180 names out of the missing girls. He also said
the presidency shouldn’t have accepted the offer of other countries since the
first lady believes no girls were missing.

Meanwhile, a group, BAOBAB for Women’s Right, yesterday, also
called on the first lady to apologise to the parents of the abducted school
girls for doubting that the abduction took place.  Here is a statement from them.
“BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, Borno State outreach
condemns in its totality the actions of the wife of Nigerian president, Mrs.
Patience Jonathan on concerns shown by people within and outside Nigeria on the
abduction of innocent girls. This act of criminality, as we are aware violates
their fundamental human right to education.
A situation when the wife of the president who does not
have a role under the Nigerian constitution begins to summon and interrogate
duly appointed government officials as well as giving them directives and
detaining some of them, is worrisome as this could interfere with the various
actions put in place towards addressing insurgency rocking the country.
We want them back, safe in their homes wherever they are.
The poor handling of information about the exact number of girls who are still
missing and the fact that members of the Boko Haram have claimed responsibility
for the abduction of these girls must not deter those with the responsibility
for the safety of all Nigerians from working to find these girls where they are
being held and return them to their parents,” the group said.

The group also commended the efforts of various women
organisations within and outside the country and both local and foreign media
towards rescuing the abducted girls.

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