A group of South-East lawyers has applied to join a suit filed by members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the National Assembly to hasten the exit of the South-East geopolitical zone from Nigeria before the end of the ongoing constitutional amendment.
Chuks Muoma, Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu, and Obi Emuka, led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), have asked to the court to be included as defendants in the complaint.
The plaintiffs, led by Nastura Ashir Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam, in a supporting affidavit, explained that their action was anchored on the need to contain violence and destruction as a result of the agitation for secession championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Attorney General of the Federation, the Senate president, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly were listed as defendants in the suit.
However, the lawyers are asking for the order of the court to allow them join in the suit as representatives of the people of the south eastern region.
In their application for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu in Abuja on Monday, the lawyers said the case of the CNG seeking the exit of South East from Nigeria had the capability to shape the life of the generations of Igbo people, adding that
they had interest to protect in the suit, hence, their request to be made defendants.