The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has mentioned that the physique and 302 involved Nigerians have filed a lawsuit towards President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the management of the Nationwide Meeting over the hike in electrical energy tariff and gasoline worth.
SERAP made this identified in a tweet through its Twitter deal with on Sunday.
The rights physique mentioned it desires the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja to declare the current hike in electrical energy tariff and gasoline worth by the Federal Authorities as ‘unlawful’.
“We’ve along with 302 Nigerians requested the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja to declare unlawful & unfair the hike in electrical energy tariff/gasoline worth as a result of high stage public officers can’t proceed to obtain the identical salaries whereas asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices,” SERAP tweeted.
“Joined within the go well with as Defendants are President Buhari, the Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of Home of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Income Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Fee (RMAFC).
“Within the go well with quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/330/2020 filed final week, we’re searching for: “an order directing & compelling the RMAFC to chop the salaries, allowances & different emoluments payable to the Defendants, consistent with present financial realities & ideas of justice, equity & equality.
“The Structure of Nigeria 1999 [as amended] makes it clear that the authorities ought to harness Nigeria’s sources to advertise and make sure the most welfare, prosperity, freedom and happiness of each citizen on the idea of social justice and equality.
“The nation’s sources must be harnessed and distributed to serve the widespread good, and to not finance a lifetime of luxurious for politicians.
“Growing electrical energy tariff and gasoline worth in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is antithetical to the general public curiosity, the widespread good, and a elementary breach of constitutional oath of workplace.
“Public cash is spent as safety votes with out transparency, and to pay for lavish life for high public officers together with lawmakers, who proceed to purchase costly new vehicles on the expense of taxpayers, the poor and socially and economically weak Nigerians.
“@nassnigeria can also be set to spend N27bn to renovate the Nationwide Meeting Advanced.
Public obligation means displaying management by instance and dedication to the beliefs of public service, together with by lowering salaries and allowances of high public officers just like the Defendants.
“The court docket, being the final hope of the widespread man, should come to the help of poor Nigerians by granting the reliefs sought by SERAP & 302 involved Nigerians. Except the reliefs are granted, the Defendants will proceed to breach the structure on the expense of the poor,” it acknowledged.