Trait News report that the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria, CLASFON has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to ensure strict compliance of the Federal Character principle in all its appointments as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
The lawyers believed that the compliance would give Nigerians every sense of belonging and reduce all forms of agitations emanating from different parts of the country.
The lawyers’ view was contained in a communique issued by National President, Dr. Arome M. Okwori, and National Secretary, Olatunji Omole Esq, at a physical and virtual President-in-Council meeting of the fellowship held in Warri, Delta State, and made available to DAILY POST.
Speaking on insecurity, CLASFON observed with dismay the unabating and rising incidences of kidnapping, banditry, coordinated armed attacks, among others that have seriously threatened the security of the nation.
It voiced its support for the agitation for state police as a panacea to tackle the prolonged problem of insecurity and wanton destruction of lives and properties across the country. It also recommended that compensation be paid to families who have lost loved ones.
The fellowship also called on the National Assembly to expeditiously conclude legislative action by passing the Electoral Act Amendment bill into law and for the President to assent to it without any delay to inspire the confidence of the citizenry in the electoral process as the nation prepares for the forthcoming general elections.
On open grazing, “The Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria supports the ban on open grazing by the Governors of the Southern States in Nigeria and recommends ranching which is the modern way of cattle rearing.
“The Fellowship further asserts that encouraging open grazing or grazing routes as is being done by the Federal Government might occasion incessant clashes, violence and wanton destruction of lives and properties and other worrisome developments which are inimical to the constitutionally guaranteed rights to preserve lives and protect properties.”
Speaking on the agitation for constitutional amendment, the participants applauded the recent initiative of the National Assembly for steps being taken to further alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and appealed to members of legislative arm to ensure that the exercise is pursued to a logical conclusion and fully actualized so that it would not turn out to be an exercise in futility.
CLASFON commended the efforts made by the Nigerian Bar Association and other relevant actors over the suspension of the strike action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and suggested speedy implementation of the recommendations and agreement reached by the relevant stakeholders (Governors of various States and the State Houses of Assembly) on financial autonomy.
It also condemned the suspension of Twitter, saying it is a violation of the fundamental human right of the citizens enshrined in section 39(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
According to the lawyers, the action taken by the Federal Government has adversely affected the flow of foreign direct investment into the country and is also having a negative impact on the means of livelihood of the teeming youths thereby causing them untold hardship in view that the youth are unemployed by governments and the organised private sector having undertaken gainful activities using Twitter social media platform.
The fellowship urged the Federal Government to rescind its decision immediately and urged the management of Twitter to ensure effective monitoring of its platform in preventing the spread of hateful, offensive and damaging posts/tweets.
On the demilitarization of the South East by the federal government, the lawyers passionately appealed to the government to immediately relieve the people of the South Eastern part of Nigeria of military harassment..
CLASFON urged the President to refrain from utterances which might dampen the morale of law-abiding and loyal citizens of Nigeria from the South East in particular and other parts of Nigeria in general, stressing that some statements are inimical to the stability of Nigeria and therefore inconsistent with the fatherly role of the President and exemplary leadership expected of this high office