by Chi Ibe
There’s a lot of viral information going around via Blackberrys with regard to the #OccupyNigeria movement. Through our regularly #BBViral column, we will sift out – unedited – the true, the false, and the useful.
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Dear citizens of Nigeria and all my friends it has come to my knowledge that the National industrial court made a ruling barring the NLC and TUC from embarking on the proposed nationwide strike. I will subsequently give you reasons why this is false;
Firstly, the national industrial court is not even a court of record as it is not a court recognised by the constitution, in fact whether or not it can even adjudicate on matters is still a bone of contention.
Secondly, a mass action is a non- justiciable matter I.e it is a matter that cannot be raised before any court of law, simply because whatever will be the cause of action falls under Chapter 2 of the 1999 constitutio and such issues are non justiciable. Even the supreme court cannot make a ruling on such an issue
Thirdly, the preamble to the 1999 constitution grants absolute sovereignty to the Nigerian people; thus even if the above mentioned points are to be disregarded, the NLC being a representative of the Nigerian workers who in this instance are the Nigerian people, whereas made a decision to proceed on a mass action, No court except the court of Heaven can make a ruling stopping such an action.
Lastly I will leave u with a sound legal maxim ‘lex non cogit ad impossibilia’ meaning the law cannot command the doing of the impossible; that is Mr Jonathan cannot inflict pain on the Nigerian populace and then rush to court and ask the court to command us not to react, it is against the law of Nature.
The strike still holds on monday the 9th of Jan, 2012. Pls pass on this message till it gets to Justice Babatunde Adeniran Adejumo of the NIC that he shld not be used as an instrument of deceit against Nigerians.