President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly marginalizing Ndigbo in the appointments of service chiefs and the composition of the government of the federation. The suit before the Abuja High Court was jointly brought by a human rights group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation (KHRF) and Igbo Youth Democrats.
In the suit with No, FCH/ABJ/CS/737/2015, the group is claiming that the present composition and appointment of the service chiefs mainly from the North-East, North-West, North-Central and South-West intentionally excluded the Igbos of the South-East and therefore did not comply with the federal character principle of Nigeria.
The group identified the composition of the executive arm of the government with General Muhammadu Buhari from the North as President, Professor Yemi Oshinbajo from South-West as Vice President, Justice Mahmood Mohammed from North as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), President of the Court of Appeal from North, Speaker of the House of Representatives from North as another ground for litigation. This they maintained did not comply with the federal character principle of Nigeria.
The suit, instituted by Mr. Okere Nnamdi, on behalf of the group, alleged that Buhari breached section 5 of the 1999 constitution and the oath of office he took to preserve, protect, defend and uphold the constitution of the country, adding that the Igbos of the South East have been subjected to discrimination, marginalization, humiliation, domination, suppression and inequality in the appointments of Service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies in the country contrary to sections 13, 14, 42, 217 and 218 of the 1999 constitution.
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