Femi Falana, a human rights activist and lawyer, has distanced himself from the National Consultative Front, a new political movement floated ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the clarification in a statement issued on Friday.
The group had on Wednesday announced the setting up a 30-member steering committee comprising activists, academics and other professionals.
Dangiwa was listed alongside Ghali Na’abba, former speaker of the house of representatives; Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Obadiah Mailafia, ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Oby Ezekwesili as members of the movement.
Others listed include Professor Jibo Ibrahim, Chidi Odinkalu, Shehu Sani, a former senator; and Remi Sonaiya, former presidential candidate.
But Falana insisted he neither consulted nor did he ever attend the meeting before his name was included on the list.
He, however, commended the initiative, saying it is a genuine motive by the group’s promoters to lift “the long-suffering people of Nigeria from economic and political stupor”.
The statement read: “I also recognise the fact that some of the promoters of the NCF are people who are motivated by the common good. Many of them have made profound sacrifices to make Nigeria a better place to live.
“In this light I commend what appears to be the genuine motive of the organisers of the National Consultative Forum.
“However, I observe that my name has been mentioned as one of the pillars behind this initiative. While I appreciate the concern of the leadership of the new group to enlist my support, I wish to say that at no time have I been consulted neither did I attend the meeting where the forum was launched.
“I appreciate the almost desperate situation progressive Nigerians find themselves in the bid to save Nigeria from what looks like an imminent shipwreck. This might have informed the haste with which many honest and dedicated hands find themselves.”
The senior lawyer added that his “clarification should not be conceived as opposition to all honest efforts designed to rescue Nigeria from the claws of abject poverty and increasing loss of hope”.