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Nigeria : Group Protests Marginalization in Nasarawa State

ICC Note

Though Christians compose 65% of the total population in Nasarawa State , there are only three Christians in the state’s executive council.

By Moses John

12 November 2007 Nigeria (allafrica.com)-The Christian community in Nasarawa State is protesting its marginalization in the composition of the state executive council.

To this end, the Nasarawa Youths Progressive Vanguard (NYPV) has dragged the governor Alhaji Aliyu Doma, before a High Court in Lafia, alleging that though Christians make up about 65% of the population of the state, only 3 Christians were nominated for commissioner positions against 12 slots for Muslims, describing the development as unfair. The NYPV also alleged that only one female is included in the commissioners’ list now before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

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The group, under the counsel of Barrister Samson Abimiku, is seeking the court to direct that the governor withdraws the list and re-submit to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for screening only after it reflects the sensitive balance of religion and gender in the state.

The group which petitioned the court, “for the rejection of the nominees for commissionership for the observance of fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy”, said the action of the governor is contrary to section 14 sub-section 2(b) and Section 5 sub-section 16(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The group petitioned that, the move by the present government of Nasarawa State to marginalize Christians and women is a deliberate ploy to further impoverish the two camps while making Muslims richer and consolidating their political profiles.

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