BREAKING: 24 Year Old Lawyer Sues Buhari Over Petroleum Subsidy Hardship
A 24 year old Lagos Lawyer. Festus Ogun, has on Monday, filed a lawsuit against Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari over what he called incessant pain and hardship citizens went through as a result of fuel scarcity experienced in early 2022.
The suit challenged the position of the President as the Minister of Petroleum, claiming that the dual positions of the President is in violation of Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution.
The Lagos lawyer asked Buhari to stop parading himself as the Minister of Petroleum, as the act is illegal and inimical to the economic growth of the country.
“I have just filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari at the Federal High Court in Lagos over the excessive pain, hardship and agony Nigerians went through as a result of the fuel scarcity experienced earlier this year.
“I solemnly believe that the gross inefficiency and mismanagement in the Petroleum Sector, that led to the fuel scarcity, is avoidable if the President was not holding the dual position of Petroleum Minister in violation of Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution.
“I believe that the President’s continuous serving as Petroleum Minister is not only illegal and unconstitutional, it is inimical to our economic growth and likely to occasion future scarcity and inefficiency that will affect the country and its good people.
“I make bold to say that it is practically and legally impossible for the President to hold his elected position, that comes with enormous responsibilities, contemporaneously with the position of Petroleum Minister. It has no basis in law, logic and politics.
“If Nigerians suffered that heavily during the fuel scarcity, the President must be answerable for it. There must be consequences. And as a citizen of this country, I believe we must avert a reoccurrence; whether under this regime or in future administrations,” Festus said.