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Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths disown N50 billion lawsuit against Buhari, FG over nepotism in appointments

* Says Igbo governors, leaders, stakeholders not consulted.

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo “on the directives of Igbo Elders, Traditional and Religious leaders, Critical Stakeholders that made up the General Assembly of Ohanaeze Ndigbo” on Tuesday disowned the lawsuit filed by Edwin Clark and some southern leaders against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government at an Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged wrongdoing and marginalization in appointments made by his administration since 2015.

President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro in a statement emailed to The NEWSMAN “commended the Southern Leaders efforts to ensure that justice is done especially in respecting the principles of Federal Character but said many elected public officers, leaders of thought and groups were not consulted.

“Igbo Youths wish to state categorically that various Stakeholders was (sic) not Consulted and one of the signatories (Nwodo) is no longer incharge Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who’s running a fictitious but an illegal Group not registered in CAC, not known to law, this person running an illegal Group marred the legitimate quests of this respectable Elderstatesmen and ethnic leaders and destroyed the credibility of the signatories before the law”, Isiguzoro.

The pan-Igbo youth group said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo will Never join in Such weighty Allegations against President Muhammadu Buhari without proper evidence of Support from the Igbo Governors, Igbo Traditional Rulers, Religious leaders, Stakeholders and  based on the Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Such decisions will be deliberated extensively by the highest  decision making Organ in Ohanaeze Ndigbo which is Ime obi and ratified by the General Assembly of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, but in the absence of this process,  nobody is empowered by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Constitution to create Confusion and pitch igbos against President Muhammadu Buhari”, the statement said. 

“With this development, Igbo Youths wish to dissociate Igbo Governors, Igbo Ministers, Igbo Ambassadors, Traditional Rulers, Religious leaders, Stakeholders from the 50 billion lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari on the basis of non Consultations and may take appropriate measures to prevent future Occurrences through legal action against Mischief Makers and impostor Groups”, Isiguzoro said.

Eminent elders and leaders of socio-cultural groups from Southern and Middle-Belt regions of Nigeria have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court, Abuja, demanding N50 billion over what they termed lopsided appointments and developments in the country.

Eminent elders and leaders of socio-cultural groups from Southern and Middle-Belt regions of Nigeria had on Monday dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court, Abuja, demanding N50 billion over what they termed lopsided appointments and developments in the country.

The leaders, in the suit filed on their behalf by 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by Chief Solomon Asemota and Chief Mike Ozekhome, are asking the court to fine the president and three other defendants in the suit N50 billion for allegedly violating provisions of the 1999 Constitution(as amended) and the federal character principle.

Those sued alongside the president include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Clerk of National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

The plaintiffs, led by Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo, Dr. Pogu Bittus, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alaowei Bozimo, Mrs. Sarah Doketri, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), accused the Buhari administration of deliberately marginalising the South.

Other plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/595/2020, are Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Prof. Julie Umukoro, Mr. Stephen Bangoji, Alhaji Tijani Babatunde, Mrs. Rose Obuoforibo, Mr. Adakole Ijogi and Dr. Charles Nwakeaku.

“OYC is privy to the ongoing(Zoom)Consultative Meetings being held by the newly  formed National leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo registered in CAC,  with all the Stakeholders, especially with igbo Traditional Rulers, Religious Groups, resolutions will be Communicated to the Igbo Governors as the political leaders of Igboland for ratification  and endorsement”, the statement co-signed by Secretary General of the group, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said.

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