Adegboruwa sues Buhari over delay in ministerial appointment
A LAGOS-BASED lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, yesterday sued President Muhammadu Buhari at the Federal High Court, Lagos, praying the court to order him to appoint ministers or cease to function in office as President.
Adegboruwa is also challenging the suitability of the President to run the affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, being a former commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army trained strictly and only in warfare and garrison alone.
He is, therefore, seeking an injunction restraining the President from functioning or continuing to function or further functioning in office as or from performing or continuing to perform the duties of office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without ministers duly appointed or the Federal Executive Council duly constituted.
According to him: “Since May 29, 2015, the whole country has been in some form of confusion. Every thing has grounded to a halt on account of the failure of the President to appoint qualified persons to run the government along with him as ministers and advisers and he has failed woefully to constitute the Federal Executive Council as he obliged to do.”
He joined the attorney-general of the federation as co-respondent.
In an affidavit in support of the summon, Adegboruwa is asking, among others, whether under and by virtue of Section 147(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, the President who is the first respondent is not obliged and under a duty to appoint qualified persons into offices to function as the ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon his swearing in and oath of office since May 29, 2015.
He wants to know whether the failure, omission or neglect of the President to appoint qualified persons into offices to function as the ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not illegal and a contravention of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 such as to disqualify him from continuing to function in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.