Court Dismisses  Suit Against Conducting Elections, Examinations On Saturdays

The Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice James Kolawole Omotoso, has dismissed a suit brought forth by the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Nigeria.

 The suit aimed to halt the conduct of elections and examinations on Saturdays throughout the country.

The judge rendered the decision on Wednesday, deeming the suit frivolous and lacking merit.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Nigeria argued that Saturday, being their Sabbath day of worship, should be respected, and conducting elections and examinations on that day infringes upon the fundamental rights of its members.

In response, the church sought a court order to compel the Federal Government to desist from scheduling such activities on Saturdays.

However, in delivering the judgment, Justice Omotoso ruled that the fundamental rights asserted by the church were not absolute and could be subject to government policy.

Furthermore, the judge emphasized that the Seventh Day Adventist Church constitutes a minority in Nigeria and cannot impose its religious doctrine on the larger population comprising various religious denominations.

Following the court’s decision, counsel representing the Church announced plans to appeal the judgment, indicating a continuation of the legal battle on the matter.


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