The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to court over the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.
The court action also have the imprimatur of 302 Nigerians.
In a statement by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, titled ‘SERAP sues Buhari, NASS, wants court to declare electricity tariff, fuel price hike illegal’, the litigants described the action of government as illegal and should be reversed by the court.
Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, were joined in the suit as defendants.
In the suit number, FHC/ABJ/CS/330/2020, filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, they are asking the court to “declare illegal, unconstitutional and unfair the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price because top-level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and spend public money to finance a life of luxury for themselves while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices.
“An order directing and compelling the RMAFC to cut the salaries, allowances and other emoluments payable to President Buhari, Professor Osinbajo, Dr Lawan and Mr Gbajabiamila, in line with the current economic realities, and principles of justice, fairness, equality, and non-discrimination.”
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