To the extent that our Constitution is a forgery and a fraud, Nigeria itself has become a fraud and a criminal enterprise where corruption is official. This is a far bigger problem than officials being corrupt. The ‘book’ (our Constitution) to which we should have been bringing corrupt officials, was drawn up by the beneficiaries of grand corruption who authored of all the Decrees made from 1966 to 1999, taking care to create avenues for further corruption and comprehensively protecting both past and potential beneficiaries of corruption. It is the case of the proprietors of a robbery gang, drawing up the rule-book for community security. As long as the 1999 Constitution is in place even with amendments, corruption remains hale and hearty, ensconced in the impregnable fortress of the Constitution beyond the reach of those who crow daily in indignation while the beneficiaries, in and out of power, laugh in derision, running a circus of probes and trials under the bogus banner of ‘war on corruption’. An elaborate asset-stripping scam code-named privatization typifies the gang’s business………..
…… It is obvious that Nigeria is now headed towards the EMERGENCE OF UNITS of INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS which may in the future work out new protocols of relationship with one another. This option is fully backed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007, which put a global seal on the right to self-determination. The only choice left to make is whether to allow the process evolve in peace or by violence. Referendum is a tested mechanism to head off violence.
Those who in unfounded paranoia, describe this natural unbundling as ‘break-up’ in a negative sense, should rise above their fears and engage with the process in a manner that would obviate violence. We had 45 years to restore the Union of Nigeria but greed, arrogance and wickedness prevailed. It is now too late. We can only seek to work out good and friendly neighbourliness post-unbundling.” – Lower Niger Congress (LNC)
I feel that it is highly instructive to periodically take some timeout to look back and to reflect on Nigeria’s journey as a nation in order to help us to better understand and hopefully, appreciate issues of the moment and also to better anticipate what the future holds in store for all who cohabit our country which is deemed to be Africa’s most populous and the continent’s largest economy. I came across this document titled “COUNTRY-WIDE REJECTION OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION AS BASIS OF NIGERIA; OPTIONS AND PROCESSES FOR RECONSTRUCTION: CONFEDERATION OR INDEPENDENT UNITS” which was released by the Lower Niger Congress (LNC), years ago, as its position paper on the future options confronting stakeholders of Nigeria; a country which has clearly lost its way and is increasingly being widely perceived as a failed state. Note that this document precedes both the 2014 National Conference and of course, the just concluded 2015 general elections. The carefully prepared document was prophetic in many ways; it is incisively analytic, spectacularly factual and its sobering conclusions are not only food for thought, but also a call to action.
In a nutshell, the LNC posits that the 1966 military intervention and truncation of the four-regional constitutional democracy of the 1st Republic was a clear historical watershed between the Nigeria which belonged to we the people and today’s Nigeria that literary belongs to the leading beneficiaries of an illegal government based on a fraudulent 1999 Constitution imposed by a ruling military junta who had no proper consent of the true owners of the land. The imposition was facilitated through intimidation with brutal force that is reminiscent of the manner with which the former colonial masters, Great Britain, exercised its suzerainty over its Nigerian subjects and our ancestral lands in a bygone era. The 1966 watershed marked a point of de facto return, once more, to a form of colonialism; this time the colonial masters belong principally to the Sokoto Caliphate order of the former North and no longer in faraway Britain.
The human quest for freedom in contemporary Nigerians has now been rekindled just as it was during the era of our predecessors who fought with all they had in order to achieve the Independence of October 1, 1960. To make things even more attainable today, the Lower Niger people’s thirst for autonomy and self-rule is “fully backed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007, which put a global seal on the right to self-determination” for whoever desire to seek their self-redemption. This UN official position has now become a major game changer as we just witnessed in Southern Sudan. Decades of brutal warfare in that vast country was suddenly put to a stop after a UN-supervised referendum set the Southern Sudanese people free from internal colonialism perpetrated by the Khartoum-based Islamist government.


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