Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nigerians detained `illegally’ across the country as a birthday gift for him.
The activist lawyer made the appeal while thanking Buhari for his birthday wishes and prayers as he turned 60 on May 20.
Buhari had on Saturday sent greetings to Falana on his 60th birthday.
The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina had hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years.
Buhari prayed that God would grant the human rights campaigner longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.
Reacting, Falana expressed appreciation for the President’s message and prayers.
In a statement he signed, Falana said he was humbled by the love shown to him by Buhari on his birthday.
He said, “I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wishes and prayers for me, but the birthday gift which I humbly ask from the Federal Government is more commitment to respect for human rights and rule of law. .
“In particular, all Nigerian citizens, who are being detained illegally in the country, should be freed without any further delay.”