Most prominent of those being detained are former National Security Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik El zak -Zaki. Falana had thanked Buhari for his birthday wishes and prayers as he turned 60 on May 20.
Falana expressed the appreciation in a message he copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that he was humbled by the love shown to him by Buhari on his birthday.
Falana, however, requested release of Nigerians detained `illegally’ across the country, as a special birthday gift from the Federal government.
“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,” he said.
NAN reports that Buhari had on Saturday, in a press release signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years.