President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday hailed Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) as he celebrated his 60th birthday.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari joined family members, friends and professional colleagues of the cerebral lawyer in celebrating the milestone.
The president pointed out that Falana’s career as a lawyer had been marked with honours and awards for forthrightness and advocacy for the good of every Nigerian.
Hence he lauded his sense of patriotism over the years, and his advisory roles to leaders, institutions and governments, especially on the value of good governance.
Buhari added that Falana’s antecedents had been most exemplary and commendable in advocating for a better life for the poor and underprivileged, and prayed that God would grant the human rights lawyer longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.
Falana, rather surprisingly, has emerged as a strong supporter of the Buhari administration, taking its side on burning national issue.
He famously supported the decision for Ibrahim Magu to continue to act as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite the refusal of the Senate to confirm him, and he recently declared that the Senate had no power to summon the Inspector-general of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to the astonishment of many.