- President Muhammadu Buhari is facing court action over the recent increase in electricity tariff and price of fuel
- The Nigerian leader and the leadership of the National Assembly are being sued by SERAP and 302 Nigerians
- According to SERAP, the suit was instituted to declare the recent hike illegal and unfair
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About 302 Nigerians along with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly leadership over the recent hike in electricity tariff and price of fuel.
Legit.ng gathered that the group in a series of tweets on Sunday, October 18, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to declare the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price illegal and unfair.
According to SERAP, this is because top-level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices.
President Buhari, as well as the leaders of NASS, Senate president Ahmad Lawan, House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, have been joined as defendants in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/330/2020 filed last week.
Others include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
SERAP is seeking an order directing and compelling RMAFC to cut the salaries, allowances & other emoluments payable to the defendants, in line with current economic realities and principles of justice, fairness and equality.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the massive outrage over the new electricity tariff, the federal government and labour unions agreed to temporarily subsidise the tariff for the next three months.
The resolution was reached at the end of a long meeting of the ad-hoc technical committee on electricity tariff between representatives of the federal government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
In a related development, a prominent Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, advised the organised labour not to betray Nigerians in their negotiation with the federal government.
The cleric who is the Bishop of Anglican Diocese on the Niger reminded the labour unions that Nigerians are angry on account of the hardship they are passing through on daily basis.
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