Six Unemployed Nigerian Lawyers Sue America for Wages of their Ancestors During Slave Trade At ICJ
Six Nigerian lawyers who for about two years have not been able to land a legal job have decided to live on the earnings of their ancestors—by filling an interesting lawsuit at the International Court of Justice against United States.
According to the six brilliant lawyers lead by Nkem Agboola, Esq, aside the torture and torment of the slave trade, the many Africans including their own ancestors who were forced to work in American owned plantation farms were never given a wage for their labour.
And as such, beyond the criminal element of the whole slave trade lies unpaid wages for the slaves which must be duly paid to recognized ancestors by the government of United States and the many slave master companies which are currently still in existence and under the operation of new family members.
The BBC claims that; “this suit would generate a lot of international media attention and if the ICJ determines that the six have a case, then it may open the floodgate for several Africans will the means and access to bring uncontrollable suits against states like United States which benefited greatly from the slave trade.”
Speaking to Nigerian Newspaper-the Sun, the youngest of the six lawyers-Amos Oyiri stated that, “Africans have been done a lot of evil and if we cannot reverse what has been done, at least we deserve enough compensation on the back of the wages which should have been paid to our ancestors.”
He added; “since some families of these slave masters are still benefiting from the enterprises of their ancestors which flourished because of slaves, it’s only fair the ancestors of the slaves also benefit from the sweat of their forefathers and this is what we are simply asking the court.”
The ICJ will determine on June 6 whether the six lawyers have a substantive case in law against the United States or not.