Veteran journalist and lawyer, Richard Akinola, has said that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, should not be blamed for not speaking on the invasion of the Abuja high court by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, and Omoyele Sowore.
He said this in reaction to a statement by activist lawyer, Femi Falana calling on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to discipline all lawyers in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration over their silence on the matter.
Akinola stated that Falana was indicting the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other lawyers in Buhari’s cabinet, which he disapproved of.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Akinola said, “With the greatest respect to my good friend, Femi Falana, SAN, l beg to disagree with him in respect of his statement in respect of the Vice president on the Sowore saga.
“Falana was indicting the Vice President and other Learned Silks in the cabinet for not speaking up on the saga.
“It’s necessary to put things in proper perspective. There is only ONE presidency. By my understanding, the VP cannot be issuing statements on an issue when there is a sitting president.
“Recall that when Osinbajo was acting as president and similar incident happened at the National Assembly, he took action. The invasion of NASS started at about 7am and by 10.30 am, Lawal Daura had been fired as the DG of DSS.
“So, it would be unfair to attack the VP on this matter because he is just the VP. The buck stops at the president’s table. If in the president’s wisdom, he refused to take action, he must have his reason. Ours is to speak out for him to take action.”
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