The Gender Rights Advocacy groups have sued President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over alleged marginalization of the female gender in governance and positions of decision making process in Nigeria.
The plaintiffs in the case numbered FA6/ABJ/006/2020 and filed before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, are seeking statutory and constitutional rights of the female gender in Nigeria, which they claimed, had been violated over the years by subsequent administrations, but worsened under the present administration.
The plaintiffs include: Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA), Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Centre For Democracy and Development (CDD- WEST AFRICA),Women Advocates Research And Documentation Centre (WARDC),Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI) and Women In Politics Forum (WIPF).
The plaintiffs led by Falana and Falana’s Chamber also sought relief that the failure of the 1st defendant to implement the 35 per cent affirmative action policy of the federal government of Nigeria is illegal, unlawful and a violation of sections 42, 147 (3) and 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 19 of the Adrian Charter of Human and People’s Rights.
The matter could not be decided due to the absence of the first and second respondents, despite being served notice of proceedings twice.
The lead counsel, Marshal Abubakar, held the brief of plaintiffs on behalf of Femi Falana (SAN) chambers, and in the course of proceedings, the court noted that the case “is one of utmost national importance”.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang of court 6 noted that the matter was of national importance and adjourned the case to February 5, 2021, ordering a fresh service on the defendants.
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