Falana warns against illegal agreement with foreign nations

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Activist lawyer Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has warned Nigeria against entering into what he called illegal agreements in billions of dollars with foreign countries that may be challenged and set aside.

The lawyer addressed reporters in Abuja on the decision of Western Sahara to challenge the “illegal” importation of tonnes of phosphates and other natural resources from their country into Nigeria by Morocco.

He advised the Nigerian government to be wary of agreements and treaty it signed with Morocco as such violates the rights of the Saharawi people.

Falana noted that none of the treaties and agreements signed between Nigeria and Morocco could be enforced in the country as the Nigerian government had not deposited same with the National Assembly to adopt and enact them into law, as required by Section 12 of the Nigerian Constitution.

The lawyer warned parties entering into such agreements to immediately cancel them and “respect the human rights of the people of Western Sahara to enjoy their natural resources, as recognized by article 20 and 21 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights”.

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He added: “We are going to start with Nigeria because currently, tonnes of phosphates are being imported into the country from Western Sahara on the basis of illegal agreements between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco as well as certain companies. We are warning such parties and we are alerting them to the decision of the people of Western Sahara to defend their rights to their resources.”

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Updated: September 19, 2019 — 11:32 am

11 Comments

  1. Thanks so much Mr. Falana I hope the real change will begins from them.

  2. Falana rigthly said every agreement entered with any country the National Assembly should be notified

  3. Any illegal act in this country been it from any body should be acted on ,other than painting issues

  4. As Falana rightly said every agreement entered with any country the National Assembly should be notified so that it will be enacted as law.

  5. That’s a nice one Mr falani,the government most times do not understand what will actually happen if they keep on with such deals

  6. As He rigthly said every agreement entered with any country the National Assembly should be notified so that it will be enacted as alaw.

  7. True talk by Mr falana.the Nigeria government should be very careful in any agreement they wanted to made with other country

  8. I personally despise any illegal act , so Falana should carry on

  9. kudos to you mr falana for warning them of illegal agreements, that billion dollars the will used in importing phosphate at least if the care let them used it even the can’t create jobs the should empowered the youth with it.

  10. As Falana rigthly said every agreement entered with any country the National Assembly should be notified so that it will be enacted as alaw.

    1. Yes of course!
      Before another country would show up and say Nigeria belong to them as signed in Business

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