Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and other 302 Nigerians have filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari for the illegal hike in electricity bill and fuel price.
They have asked 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.”
This was revealed in a series of tweets on their social media.
What they outlined included:
DECLARATION that the exercise of the President Buhari’s power to increase the price of petrol under section 6 of the Petroleum Act 1969 and increase of electricity tariff is arbitrary, unjust, unfair, and in breach of the Oath of Office of President contained in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 [as amended].
A DECLARATION that it is unlawful and unconstitutional for President Buhari, Professor Osinbajo, Dr. Lawan, and Mr. Gbajabiamila to continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and the same level of budgetary allocations, despite Nigeria’s current economic realities and light of the Public Procurement Act 2007, constitutional code of conduct for public officers, and their respective oaths of office contained in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.
A DECLARATION that the failure of RMAFC to reduce the salaries, allowances, and other emoluments for President Buhari, Professor Osinbajo, Dr. Lawan, and Mr. Gbajabiamila and other principal public officers in spite of their respective roles in the increase of electricity tariff and fuel price is in breach of the principle of equality before the law and equal application of the law, and Section 153  [n] and Paragraph [N] 32[b] [c] [d] in Part 1 Third Schedule of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 [as amended].
AN ORDER restraining all the Defendants individually and/or collectively, directly or through their representatives and agents from implementing any purported increase in electricity tariff and fuel price until an impact assessment of the effects on the poor and socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians is carried out.
AND for such further order(s) this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.