Friday, March 24, 2023

Seventh-day Adventist member prays court to stop conduct of elections, examinations on Saturdays

The plaintiff said fixing elections and examinations on Saturdays violates his right to freedom of worship as well as his right as a citizen.

• January 12, 2023
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventist Church

A Seventh-day Adventist Church member, Ugochukwu Uchenwa, has dragged the federal government to the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order to stop the conduct of elections on Saturdays.

Mr Uchenwa, who is also an elder of the church, is also seeking for an order of court to stop the conduct of examinations on Saturdays.

According to Mr Uchenwa, fixing elections and examinations on Saturdays violates his right to freedom of worship as well as his right as a citizen.

He prayed the court to declare fixing of elections and examinations on Saturdays as unconstitutional.

In the alternative, the plaintiff asked the court to order the defendants to allow him and other members of his church to vote or write examinations on any other day of the week including Sundays.

Listed as defendants in the suit are President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Others are the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examinations (JAMB), National Examination Council (NECO), West African Examination Council, (WAEC) and the National Business and Technical Examination Board.

When the matter was called on Thursday, only the counsel to the plaintiff, Benjamin Amaefule, was present in court.

Mr Amaefule told the court that the defendants had been served with the court process except NECO.

The lawyer told the court that he was at a loss as to why none of the defendants were in court.

The judge, Justice James Omotosho, adjourned the matter until March 15 for hearing and to allow the plaintiff serve NECO the court processes.

In the originating summons, the plaintiff is praying the court for a declaration that the schedule of elections in Nigeria on Saturdays, the “sabbath day”, is a violation of his fundamental rights to freedom of worship.

“It is also a violation of conscience, profession and free practice of faith and  right to participate freely in the government of the applicant and that of entire members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Nigeria.

“A declaration that the actions of the 5th to 8th respondents fixing examinations on Saturdays, a “Sabbath day of the Lord ” is a violation of the fundamental rights of freedom of conscience, profession and free practice of faith of the members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Nigeria.

“I t is also a violation of right to freedom of education of the applicant and the members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Nigeria.”

The plaintiff asked the court for an order restraining INEC from further violating the rights of member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church  by holding elections on Saturdays.

“In the alternative order INEC to mark out a different day for the members of the church to participate  in their own election if the INEC cannot schedule and hold the elections on a day other than on Saturdays.

“An order restraining the 5th to 8th respondents from scheduling and conducting compulsory public examinations on Saturdays, without making option for the members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church  to write their exams on days other than Saturdays.” 


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Air Nigeria


Buhari regime assures Nigeria Air will fly before May 29

Mr Sirika said the national carrier would create numerous jobs and better opportunities in the industry when fully established.



Court sentences four to death by hanging for kidnapping, armed robbery

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo held that the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy, robbery and kidnapping against the convicts beyond all reasonable doubt.

Naira and Dollar


Naira weakens further at I&E window, exchanges at 469.50 per dollar

The rate represented a decrease of 0.04 per cent compared to the N461.50 for which it exchanged to the dollar on Wednesday.

Iyorcha Ayu


PDP names caretaker committee for Katsina chapter after sacking SWC

Mr Ologunagba said that the committee was expected to run the affairs of the party in the state for a period not exceeding 90 days.

Iyorchia Ayu and Ayo Fayose


My suspension is Ayu’s “last kick of a dead horse”: Fayose

He said in a matter of days, the “inglorious tenure” of Mr Ayu as national chairman of PDP will become history and the party will enjoy a new lease of life.

Oby Ezekwesili


Keyamo: Oby Ezekwesili warns Buhari regime against arresting Obi, Datti

Mrs Ezekwesili warned the Buhari regime and SSS against actioning Mr Keyamo’s “foolish ideas.”