Activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said Southwest states can generate power and make it available for domestic and industrial use.
He said what it would take to accomplish an independent power project in the states is “political will and commitment of their leaders.”
The senior lawyer, who spoke in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, yesterday at a public lecture to mark the 65th birthday of Senator Gbenga Kaka, said it was not mandatory that a fraction of the power generated should be sent “to the national grid.”
Speaking on federalism, he said it was feasible if any state decided to establish a state police to protect the life and property of the people.
Falana said if an individual could be licensed to own gun for protection, what prevented Lagos State government from applying and obtaining gun licences for about 10,000 persons to enable it protect the residents?
He said the federal system is a flawed one and urged people to ask for restructuring and true federalism so that the best of the country and people can manifest.
According to him, if the quest for restructuring and true federalism can not be attained through political process because the people profiting from the flawed system may not want to see it happen, Nigerians should set up a body of lawyers to pursue it through judicial process.
Falana recalled that the Lagos State government during the ex-Governor Bola Ahmed Tinibu administration sued the Federal Government many times on a number of issues, including the right to create local government development areas and won. He enjoined other states to follow suit.
Falana blamed herdsmen’s attacks on farmers and communities on mismanagement and inefficiency of the security system.
He absolved President Muhammadu Buhari of connection with herdsmen, saying: “Buhari has not sent Fulani herdsmen to kill anybody.”
The activist described Kaka as a “man of extraordinary moral, integrity and humility, who is committed and dedicated to the service of humanity.”
In attendance are Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun (represented by his deputy, Princess Yetunde Onanuga), Afenifere chieftain Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who chaired the event, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) chapter, Prof. Deji Agboola, among others.