The tumult for self assurance by certain gatherings in Nigeria has accepted another measurement as a Federal High Court in Abuja has been approached to propel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to rush the exit of the southeast prior to finishing up on-going revision to the nation’s constitution.
The solicitation for court request to propel hurrying of South East exit from Nigeria shaped one of the three petitions looked for in a suit stamped: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 initiated by a gathering of elderly folks and lawmakers from Kano State, Nastura Ashir Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.
In their suit, located by DAILY POST on Thursday, they asserted in a supporting sworn statement that their activity was educated by the need to stem the tide of brutality and obliteration purportedly occasioned by the disturbance for severance, advocated by the Nnamdi Kanu-drove Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The offended parties asserted that they don’t need a rehash of the 1967 to 1970 common conflict in Nigeria that cost the country numerous guiltless lives and properties worth billions of naira.
Recorded as litigants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly.
The offended parties implored the court for the accompanying reliefs:
*A affirmation that, by the joined impact of the arrangements of Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as changed), and Articles 1, 2, and 20(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the fourth litigant (the National Assembly) is enabled to get under way a system for a submission to permit the South-eastern locale of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to settle on their bid for self-assurance.
*A affirmation that considering the arrangements of Articles 1, 2, 4, 14 and 20(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the second and third respondents (the Senate President and House of Reps Speaker) have the ability to require a joint meeting of the two Chambers of the fourth litigant to ponder on the unsettling for self-assurance by the Southeastern conditions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
*An request coordinating the second, third and fourth litigants to give a structure that will prepare for the self-assurance of the South-eastern states in order to leave the topographical substance called Nigeria before any further advance is taken to additionally revise the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The principal offended party in the suit, Shariff, expressed in the supporting affirmation he ousted to that IPOB, established by Nnamdi Kanu, has been fomenting for self-assurance via production of the Independent State of Bafra away from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The tumults of the IPOB have been continuing for about 10 years, notwithstanding their prohibition by the Federal Government of Nigeria around three years prior.
“Indeed, even before the development of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), there was a gathering at the south-eastern piece of Nigeria known as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) under the initiative of one, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
“The primary goal of the gathering referenced in the promptly going before passage is additionally the formation of the Independent State of Biafra, away from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Some time before the development of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), there was a move by individuals of the south-eastern piece of Nigeria once Eastern Region drove by the late Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu to withdraw from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The severance endeavor by individuals of the then Eastern Region under the initiative of the late Col. Ojukwu was straightforwardly answerable for the principal Nigerian common conflict somewhere in the range of 1967 and 1970.
“The said common conflict had guaranteed numerous honest lives from the two sides of the gap just as obliteration of properties worth billions of Nara which was negative to the development and improvement of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The exercises of the common conflict have blurred in the personalities of numerous Nigerians and a rehash of the savagery of the common conflict isn’t required, going ahead.
“The IPOB’s tumult for self-assurance has turned rough against both individuals of the south-east who are against their fomentations and different Nigerians doing their legitimate organizations inside the south-eastern conditions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The IPOB through its assailant arm — Eastern Security Network (ESN) — is liable for the killings, removals and annihilation of properties of different Nigerians not having a place with the Igbo clan.
“Settling, with conclusion, the existential inquiry of self-assurance of any piece of Nigeria is presently more critical, basic and beats or more the issue of correcting the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can be additionally revised whenever after the topic of self-assurance more likely than not been settled by Nigerians.”
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, has appointed the case to Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo and has been fixed for November 1, 2021 for hearing.