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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Agitations: Northern Coalition Urges Court To Allow Igbo Secede


The Daily Crucible | Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021

By Jane Okafor, Abuja

The coalition of Northern Groups has filed a case seeking a court order to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to accelerate the process that will lead to the exit of the South-eastern region out of Nigeria.

The group said that this should be done before the conclusion of the ongoing amendment to Nigeria’s constitution.

The secession request was contained in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 instituted by the group of elders and politicians from the North led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.

In the suit, they argued that allowing the Ndi-Igbo to go their separate way, would end circus of agitations, violence and destruction in the South-East.

They also explained that this will stop the repeat of the 1967 to 1970 civil war in Nigeria that led to loss of lives in hundreds of thousands and property.

The Coalition also said this would put an end to the restiveness of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra led by Nnamdi Kanu.

They also prayed for, among others, a declaration that combined effect of the provisions of Section 4 of the Nigerian constitution and Articles 1, 2, and 20(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the National Assembly, sued as the fourth defendant “is empowered to set in motion a framework for a referendum to allow the South-eastern region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to decide on their bid for self-determination.”
 
They urged the court to order the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants ( the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the National Assembly) “to provide a framework that will pave way for the self-determination of the South-eastern states so as to leave the geographical entity called Nigeria before any further step is taken to further amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can be further amended at any time after the question of self-determination must have been resolved by Nigerians,” the plaintiffs said.

Meanwhile, lawyers from the Igbo speaking region of Nigeria have applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to join as defendants in a suit by this group of Northern Elders praying for exit of the South East region from Nigeria following unrelenting agitations of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The legal practitioners, led by Chief Chuks Muoma (SAN), Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu and Obi Emuka, are asking an order of the court to allow them join in the suit as representatives of the people of the South East geopolitical zone of the country.

In their application for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu and made available to newsmen on Monday, in Abuja, the lawyers claimed that the Northern elders’ case seeking the exit of South East from Nigeria could have far reaching implications on the life of Igbo people.

The motion on notice for the joinder request was brought pursuant to Order 9 Rule 5 and Order 26 Rule 2 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule 2019 as a reaction to the group of elders and politicians from the North led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufai, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam which had, last June, filled a suit asking the court to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to hasten the exit of the South East from Nigeria before concluding the amendment to the country’s constitution. 



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