Rights group, the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, KHRF, yesterday dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging alleged lopsidedness in the appointments of Service Chiefs and composition of the government of the federation.
In the legal action with No FCH/ABJ/CS/737/2015, the group is claiming that the present composition and appointment of the Service Chiefs are skewed in favour of the North East, North West, North Central and South West while the Igbos of the South East are intentionally excluded in contradiction to the federal character principle.
The body said that the composition of the Executive arm of government with General Muhammadu Buhari from as President from the North, Professor Yemi Oshinbajo as Vice President from South West, Justice Mahmud Mohammed as Chief Justice of Nigeria from North, as well as President of Court of Appeal and Speaker House of Representatives from North does not comply with the federal character principle of Nigeria.
In the law suit instituted by Mr. Okere Nnamdi on behalf of the group, it was claimed the President 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.
Jointly instituted with Igbo Youth Democrats as the two plaintiffs, the group claimed 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.
Defendants in the suit are President Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Federal Character Commission of Nigeria.
Plaintiffs prayed the court to compel the President to review or reverse the composition Service Chiefs, Head of Security Agencies and other appointments in the executive arm and governments ministries parastatals and agencies to reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria in line with provision of the constitution.
They are also seeking the order of mandamus compelling the Federal Character Commission to carry out its constitutional duties of working out equitable formula for the distribution of all cadres of posts in the public service of the federation.
Besides, the plaintiffs are also praying for an order mandating the National Assembly to carry out its constitutional duties of giving effect to sections 217 and 218 of the 1999 constitution by ensuring that the composition of the Armed Forces reflects the Federal Character of Nigeria.
They are seeking a declaration that the Igbos of the South East Nigeria have been subjected to discrimination, marginalization, humiliation, domination, suppression and inequality in view of the present composition of the government of the Federation and particularly in the appointment of Service Chiefs and heads of security agencies, among others.
Hearing on the case has been fixed for April 26 by Justice Ahmed Mohammed.


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