Barr. Malcolm Omirhobo, who is a Nigerian lawyer and Human Rights activist has on Thursday sued the Federal Government of Nigeria, Central Bank, Nigeria Army, Ministry of Defense and Attorney General of the Federation over the use of Arabic inscription on the country’s naira notes and the Nigerian Army flag without considering that Nigeria is a secular nation.
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Barr. Malcolm Omirhobo is demanding that a Federal High Court interprets the provisions of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He filed two suits in which the defendants are Central Bank of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation, the Nigerian Army, as well as the Ministry of Defence.
He, however, demands explanation whether, by a community reading of Sections 10 and 55 of the 1999 Constitution, it is lawful and constitutional for the defendants to permit the Naira notes to have the Arabic inscriptions, it has currently.
Similarly, Barr. Malcolm Omirhobo seeks to know whether, by a community reading of Sections 1(1)(3), 10 and 55 of the 1999 Constitution, it is normal for the defendants to permit the Nigerian Army logo to be inscribed in Arabic insignia.
He, therefore, would appreciate a court interpretation clarifying whether, by the true letter and spirit of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria is a secular state without any official religion.
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In the end, Barr. Malcolm Omirhobo wants the court to declare that it’s illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional to allow the Nigerian Army logo and the naira notes to be inscribed in the Arabic language, instead of the official English language or Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo which are the three major languages in Nigeria.
So far, the defendants are yet to release a statement. The Court is also yet to fix a date for the hearing of the matter, but the suit is so far receiving a lot of support on social media.
Why the adornment of Arabic inscription on the Naira notes and on the Nigerian Army Logo when the official language of Nigeria is English and in special circumstances Hausa,Igbo and Yoruba.
When Arabiic is not a language of any of the indigenous peoples of Nigeria . pic.twitter.com/JESSIAU17Y
— malcolm omirhobo (@MalcolmInfiniti) January 9, 2020