FG Dragged To Court Over Nigeria’s Membership Of Islamic Body

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The federal government of Nigeria has been dragged to court over the country’s continued membership of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).

 

In the suit filed before an Abuja Federal High Court by human rights lawyer Malcom Omirhobo, the plaintiff is asking the court to terminate Nigeria’s membership of OIC, delist it from being a member, and restrain the Federal Government from using public funds to fund its membership of the organisation.

 

He is also asking the court to determine whether it is constitutional for the government to use public funds to fund its membership of the OIC by the combination of Sections 1(1), 10, and 42 (1) (a) (b) of the amended 1999 Nigerian Constitution.

 

Omirhobo is also stating before the court that the OIC is not a secular global organisation like the United Nations (UN), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), but an Islamic body established to promote, protect and preserve Islamic interests and values for the benefit of Muslims worldwide.

 

Therefore, he prays the court to declare that Nigeria’s membership of the OIC, which is funded, sustained, managed and run with public funds and the commonwealth of Nigerians by the first defendant, illegal and  an adoption of Islam as the official religion of Nigeria.

 

The plaintiff  says it is imroper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

 

He is also seeking a declaration by the court that Nigeria’s membership of the OIC with public funds is to the advantage, pride, prestige, and privilege of Nigerian Muslims to the disadvantage, restriction, and disabilities of other religions and, therefore, discriminatory, improper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

 

Omirhobo states that Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and religious state inhabited by over 200 million with diverse ethnic groups, languages, and cultures.

 

He further  argues that apart from Islam and Christianity, there are other religions practised in Nigeria such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Daoism, Atheism, Baha’i, Confucianism, Druze, Gnosticism, Jainism, Rastafarianism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and Traditional African religion, among others.

 

Thus, Nigeria’s membership of the OIC presents the country as an Islamic State in the international community, when in the real sense, it is a secular state, he argues.

 

Omirhobo equally prays the court to grant his application as the defendants’ acts amount to violations of the constitution.

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