Falana and Buhari

Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has asked Lagosians, who have been left trekking due to a recent ban on commercial motorbikes (Okada) and tricycles (Keke), to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for their woes.

Eye9ja reports that according to Falana, a metro line project which had the potential to solve and modernize the mass transit challenge Lagos is currently grappling with, was killed by Buhari.

In 1983, General Buhari cancelled the $200m metro line contract signed by then Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

As Falana tells it, “We had paid $200m and there was a penalty that if the contract was cancelled, Nigeria would pay colossally. We were dragged to arbitration. I don’t remember the figure now, but we were fined. So, metro line, we don’t have; money we have lost and inconvenience has continued since then.

“So, we also have a right, if we are organised in a civilized manner, to demand from the Abuja people, ‘You must pay back the cost of that metro line that you cancelled; so that we can restore it.”

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