Falana blasts Buhari’s bailout critics
Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, on Monday condemned those who are opposed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s bailout fund given to states who are owing salaries of workers.
Falana spoke at the University of Ibadan Community Forum Interactive Session for the 13 candidates who are vying to replace the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Isaac Adewole.
ONEof the candidates, Professor Arinola Sanya, was absent.
Falana, who played the role of a moderator at the event, urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities to ask questions about the N1.3tr intervention fund promised by the past government, out of which only N200bn was released since 2013. He said in the last five years, more than N7tr had been used by Federal Government as bailout for the rulling class who spent the money for personal purpose.
He said, “The labourer deserves his wages and anybody who is challenging the decision of the President as to the bailout must have his head examined. Rather, we should be challenging the bailout that has been given to the comprador-burgiosie in the last five years which is over N7tr.
“In the last five years, N780bn was given to Bank of Industry to revitalise our ailing industry. Where are the industries? N200bn for Aviation Intervention Fund. N200bn for Agriculture Intervention Fund, N100bn Textile Intervention fund and N213bn to those who bought Power Holding Company of NIGERIA who are currently giving us darkness.
“Over N7tr has been given to our parasitic rulling class in the last five years and that is why the university must JOIN issues with the rulling class. They should tell them that the country is not being governed well. The FG promised an intervention fund of N1.3tr for the revatilisation of the universities but only released N200bn in 2013 just to call off the strike and since then, nothing has been released. The university of Ibadan must ask government relevant questions.”
Falana also urged the NEXT VC of the school to allow democratic student union in the school while also revealing that the Nigerian Constitution does not recognise mace as National Assembly symbol.