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BREAKING: NSCEA Lauds Lawyer Who Sued FG Over Arabic Inscription On Naira, Army Logo


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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs (NSCEA) on Friday 10th 2020, has commended the lawyer who dragged the federal government (FG) to court over continuous use of Arabic inscription on Naira and Army logo.

The reaction comes as a rights activist and lawyer, Chief. Malcolm Omirhobo has asked a Federal High Court to interpret the provisions of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, in relation to the inscription on the Naira notes and logo of the Nigerian Army.

“The plaintiff filed two suits labelled FHC/Abj/CS/2/2020 and FHC/Abj/C’S/3/2020. The defendants in the two suits are Central Bank of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation, the Nigerian Army, as well as the Ministry of Defence.”

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Accordingly, the “Plaintiff is seeking a court interpretation whether by a community reading of Sections 10 and 55 of the 1999 Constitution, it is lawful and constitutional for the defendants to permit the Naira notes to be adorned with Arabic inscriptions.”

In the same vein, “the plaintiff is asking whether by a community reading of Sections 1(1)(3), 10 and 55 of the 1999 Constitution, it is proper for the defendants to permit the Nigerian Army logo to be adorned, or inscribed in Arabic insignia.”

Thus, “he is seeking a court interpretation whether by the true letter and spirit of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria is a secular state without any official religion.”

Plaintiff wants the court to decide, “whether by the true letters and spirit of Section 55 of the 1999 Constitution, the official language of Nigeria is English and under special circumstances Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.” And “He wants the court to interpret whether by virtue of Section 1(1) of 1999 Constitution, (as amended), the Nigerian constitution is supreme and its provisions binding on all defendants.”

Omirhobo is asking whether the provisions of Section 53 (1) of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act, which makes the defendants not to be subject to liability in relation to anything done or omitted to be done in relation to any powers conferred on it is lawful.

Plaintiff, therefore, wants the court to declare that by the true letters and spirit of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria is a secular state without any official religion. He wants the court to declare that it is improper, illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional to allow the Nigerian Army logo to be adorned, and inscribed in Arabic language.

He seeks order, compelling the defendants to rebrand the Nigerian Army logo to reflect the true spirit of Sections 1(1) (3), 10, and 55 of 1999 Constitution, for the logo to be inscribed in Nigeria’s official language and devoid of any religious affiliation.

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“Omirhobo seeks an order, compelling the defendants to expunge the Arabic inscriptions from the Naira notes and replace them with their translated meaning in English, which is official language of Nigeria or alternative, in Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo.

“Plaintiff is asking the court to declare that it is illegal and unconstitutional for the defendants to print and issue Naira notes bearing Arabic inscriptions as the legal tender for Nigeria, which official language is English.”

While no date has been fixed for hearing of the new suits; It reminds us at NSCEA afresh, of the case of Dr. Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe, and his ORDEAL IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ISLAMIZATION IN NIGERIA again and again.

Please be reminded that Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe, Ph.D is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

Nwaezeigwe in 2016, “when it became obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari was pushing Nigeria to the brink of official islamization through his policies, and when it also appeared that the Nigerian Christendom had been cowered into submission”, he resolved, bearing in mind that every action for change or confrontation with an undesired change, must be conceived first by one, decided to challenge the policy in a court of law, which is in line with our policy of non-violence and civilized approach to issues under contestation.

The case was filed at the Federal High Court, Asaba under the following title, Suit No: FHC/ASB/CS/2016: Between Dr. Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe for himself and on behalf of members of Nigerian Civil War and Genocide Research Network VS: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Assembly, the Senate President, the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

The original counsel to the case was Kelechi Nnadi Esq. Solomon Asemota, SAN later took over, with Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN later coming in as the lead counsel. Then, on October 19, 2016, the case was transferred to Abuja by the presiding Judge, ostensibly on the orders of the Federal Government.

According to the suit:

WRITTEN ADDRESS IN SUPPORT OF ORIGINATING SUMMONS

1.00 INTRODUCTION
1.01 This is an action commenced by way of Originating Summons taken out by the Plaintiff against the Defendants challenging inter alia the decision of the 1st & 2nd Defendants to enlist Nigeria into the membership of some Islamic Organizations in contravention of the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

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2.00 BRIEF STATEMENT OF FACTS
2.01 The 1st & 2nd Defendants sometime in the year 1986 enlisted Nigeria into membership of Organization of Islamic Conference (now Organization of Islamic
Cooperation – OIC) which is an Organization of Islamic countries and by did of Nigeria’s membership of the OIC, Nigeria also became a contributor to and a financial member of the Islamic Development Bank. Nigeria was again enlisted into membership of Eight Developing Islamic Countries otherwise known as ‘D8’ sometime in the year 1997 and only recently, the 1st & 2nd Defendants enlisted Nigeria into membership of 33 Nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, an Organization led by Saudi Arabia and has further proposed to fund the Nigeria’s 2016 budget deficit through loans to be sourced from Islamic Organizations by issuance of Islamic bond otherwise known as SUKUK. These are in spite of the clear proclamation of Nigeria by its Constitution as a secular State.

QUESTIONS FOR DETERMINATION
1. Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) is not a violation of provisions of Section 10 of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
2. Whether Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Against
Terrorism does not derogate from the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which
proclaims Nigeria as a secular State.
3. Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Development ‘8’ otherwise called
(Eight Developing Islamic Countries) is not a clear violation of the provisions of
Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as
amended) Nigeria being a secular State.
4. Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Islamic Development Bank is not
a clear violation of the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) Nigeria being a secular State.
5. Whether Islamic bond otherwise known as SUKUK or funds from Islamic
Development Bank can validly be used to fund the 2016 budget deficit by the
Federal Government of Nigeria having regards to the secularity of the Nigerian
State

RELIEFS SOUGHT
If the answers to questions 1 – 5 above are answered in the affirmative, then the Plaintiff seeks the following reliefs:
1) An Order nullifying or declaring the cessation of Nigeria’s membership of:
a) Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
b) Islamic Military Alliance to Fight against Terrorism.
c) Development 8 or Developing Islamic Countries.
d) Islamic Development Bank.
OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE

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2) An Order compelling the 1st & 2nd Defendants to forthwith withdraw Nigeria’s membership of:
a) Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
b) Islamic Military Alliance to Fight against Terrorism.
c) Development 8 or Developing Islamic Countries.
d) Islamic Development Bank.

3) An Order of injunction restraining the 1st & 2nd Defendants from entering into any
agreement, treaty, character, in violation of the provision of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

4) An Order of injunction restraining the 3rd & 4th Defendants from authorizing the 1st & 2nd Defendants to issue or obtain any Islamic bond otherwise known as ‘SUKUK’ for the purpose of financing any aspect of the 2016 appropriation Act and/or budget
deficit.

5) An Order of injunction restraining the Defendants particularly the 1st & 2nd Defendants from further enlisting Nigeria into membership of any Organization
meant solely for Islamic countries or any Organization bearing any religious connotation.

However, according to Nwaezeigwe Tony’s personal account, “As soon as the case was filed in court and all the defendants dully served the court processes, the officials of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) went after me. Unable to physically arrest me in court at Asaba due to the presence of supporters, they decided to stop my salary right from Abuja without recourse to due process as required by the laws and regulations guiding the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Further attempts were made to get me arrested at my office in University of Nigeria, Nsukka.” He re-called.

The simple question is, WHERE IS DR. NWANKWO TONY NWAEZEIGWE, as we write now? NSCEA asks the federal government. To us these are serious critical issues of great concern on our minds, in addition to the inhuman, barbaric and brutal activities of Boko Haram, ISWAP, Muslim assailant, Militant Fulani herdsmen and bandits for which none has either been arrested nor arrayed till date. God have MERCY!!!

In reaction, the Secretary, NSCEA Elders Council, Bishop Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies said it’s unpatriotic and it’s high time the inscriptions were removed and all overhauled.

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