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Nigerian Lawyer John Nwobodo Sues Buhari Over Ministers Portfolio

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Dec 3, 2015 – Nigerian Lawyer John Nwobodo Sues Buhari Over Ministers Portfolio

A human rights and public interest litigation lawyer, John Nwobodo has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation at the Federal High Court Abuja over the dichotomy or difference in the status of ministers of government of the federation.

He says all ministers should be of the same state not segregated into senior and junior ministers .

The Plaintiff in the suit marked as FHC/ABJ/CS/9942015 is seeking the 4 reliefs namely:

(A) A DECLARATION that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in exercising his powers under section 147 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) must appoint one Minister from each State of the Federation all of whom shall be of equal status and must be designated strictly as “Minister”.

(B) A DECLARATION that the designation or appellation “Minister of State” or “State Minister for” which carries the connotation of inferiority to full or substantive “Minister” and which renders such “Minister of State” or “State Minister for” subservient or put him/her in a position to take instruction or answerable to a full or substantive “Minister” is a strange contraption, alien to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and therefore unconstitutional.

(C) AN ORDER directing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to put all the 36 Ministers of the Government of the Federation at par with each other in terms of status, benefit and privileges.

(D) AN ORDER directing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to designate Ministers in the same Ministry with the same appellation such as “Joint Minister”, “Co-Minister” or with such terms which denote equality and to in particular effect such re-designation in respect of 12 State Ministers viz Heineken Lokpobiri, State Minister for Agriculture (Bayelsa); Mustapha Baba Shehuri, State Minister for Power, Works & Housing (Borno State); Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, State Minister of Petroluem (Delta State); Osagie Ehanire, State Minister for Health (Edo State); Prof. Anthony Anwuka, State Minister for Education (Imo State); Sen, Hadi Sirika, State Minister of Transport (Aviation) (Katsina State); James Ocholi, State Minister for Labour and Employment (Kogi State); Ibrahim Usman Jibril, State Minister for Environment (Nasarawa State); Abubakar Bawa Bwari, State Minister of Solid Minerals (Niger State); Cladius Omoleye Daramola, State Minister for Niger Delta (Ondo State); Aisha Abubakar, State Minister for Trade and Investment (Sokoto State) and Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, State Minister for Foreign Affairs (Yobe State)

[ PM News]

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  1. Omokehinde

    December 3, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    John Nwobode law sues against President Buhari over ministers portfolio is baseless, ridiculous, disgraceful, and is another tribalism in display. Why? Where was John Nwobode human rights conscience when president Jonathan sidelined over 45 millions Yoruba people in federal appointments? The Yorubas never cried fouls or threatened Jonathan administration with any form of succession. Where was his human rights conscious when the Igbos dominated Jonathan administration with the best and most strategic appointments like the Secretary to the federation, minister of Finance, minister of Petroleum, and Chelf of Army Staff just to mention a few? I guess that he was O.K and very fuilfulled with President Jonathan appointees because his tribal people were highly favored. This sues is baseless because is nothing but shows of unprofessionalism, tribalism, sentiments and stupidity. The fact is that the Igbo people as a whole do not benefit from Jonathan appointment of the Igbos to those important positions in his cabinet because all those appointees stole billions of naira just like others from other tribes only for their personal use. The Southeast roads remain the worst in the nation, security in the Southeast is nothing to talk about, and no meaningful development was recorded in both the southsouth and southeast region with their people running the show for six years. Personally, I did not benefit from eight years of OBJ admistration as a Yoruba man from his region. Enough of evil campaign of division, tribalism, hatred, and religious intolerance in Nigeria smart criminals and haters like Kanu Nnamdi and Nwobode. I don’t care who PMB appointed as long as they are capable individuals, with the right experience and are Nigerian citizens. We must give PMB the chance to deliver the dividend of democracy after about 14 years of southerner in power. After four years, if PMB did not perform to our expectations, then we can fire him and vote for someone else. So far, president Buhari is doing an excellent job after many years of Looters and vagabond in power.

  2. Danti

    December 3, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    You see all these roaches dey walk rat dey follow am folks, wetin be the problem between Igbos and Buhari?

  3. mike

    December 3, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    This is not about buhari and igbos. Can I ask one question, why can’t Nigerians let biafra go their way?

    • Omokehinde

      December 4, 2015 at 12:52 AM

      Hello brother Mike, nobody is currently holding the Ndigbo from leaving Nigeria to form their Biafra. As for the Yorubas, we don’t care who leaves or stay. But the Igbos have to start leaving all their bases in Lagos, Ogun, Kogi, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Oshun, Edo, Kwara, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Plateun, Kaduna, and all other non Igbo states and relocate to those five typical Igbo states. Doing this will help them form a strong economy, political will, and social status they intend for themselves and their unborn generations. This action will definitely force few non Igbos living in Southeast to vacate and relocate back to their various homes too. Believe me, in 2-5 years, Biafra will be resurrected from death and it will be actualize this time around without bloodshed. But as long as great Igbos brothers and sisters are still living and doing businesses across every state in Nigeria, no one will take their quest for Biafra seriously. Brother Mike, don’t ever think that the Southsouth oil rich region will follow the Ndigbo to form Biafra state, there is no fool anywhere in Nigeria anymore. If you think that those five Igbo states will accommodate over 70% of great Igbos living outside Southeast today, then you have miscalculated and misjudged far worse than what someone did in the 60s. The fact is that majority of Ndiigbo people who are very smart,visionary, business minded and great Igbo leaders know that the Ndigbo are far better off just like other tribes in United Nigeria. Those Biafran agitators doesn’t know better, but those great Igbo visionaries know what will come upon the Southeast region economically, socially and politically with this dumb tribalism and intolerance.

  4. Kachi

    December 4, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Omokhinde,y are u so much concern about these oil states? Do u tink biafra cannot do without them besides,south south are not fools,they will not allow Nigeria leaders to loot dia oil money and still leave their area in abject poverty.

  5. grace

    December 4, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    omokehinde, I must say say u are *********

  6. Omoba

    December 11, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Omokehinde, your head dey diah! Abeg, take five!
    These guyz just keep making themselves laughing stock. You say, “na bone, é nor get meat”, yet u nor gree troway d “bone”.
    The day they start relocating to “biafra” is d day Nigerians start taking them serious.

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