Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has warned that the 2023 general elections is at risk and could be shelved because some parts of the country are faced with what he described as civil war.
Mr Falana stated this on Thursday while speaking at the south-west constitution review public hearing in Lagos.
He said that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse as there have been increasing calls for secession and attacks on police stations. Also, about 7 offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been attacked this year.
Falana asked the ruling class to advise President Muhammadu Buhari on what he must do to “quickly reclaim this country”.
“Time is not on the side of the ruling class, as we are gathered here, in some parts of the country — south-east, north-east, north-west — a civil war is going on. In fact, in some parts of the country, the 2023 elections are already in jeopardy,” he said.
“INEC offices are being burnt, police stations are being burnt. In that kind of atmosphere, we cannot pretend that there is political stability in our country.
“I, therefore, plead with you when you return to Abuja, invite the president and ask him what we can do very quickly to reclaim this country, which currently is on the verge of collapse.”
Falana further urged the government to ensure peace across the country before attempting to implement the resolutions at the ongoing constitutional review at town halls.
He added, “For the constitutional amendment to be meaningful, there must be peace and stability, and you can only have peace and stability when you address the problems confronting the people.
“If you don’t want people to break away from Nigeria, you must give them confidence.”