The page gives you information about what still needs to be done to gain our freedom and what has been accomplished by MNN/NINAS and other organizations, groups, and individuals to get us to this point.
BECOME A SIGNATORY TO THE DECEMBER 16, 2020 JOINT MULTI-REGIONAL PROCLAMATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE TO END THE TOXIC 1999 CONSTITUTION AND RESTORE SELF-DETERMINATION.
If you want freedom from the way that Nigeria is set up today using the illegitimate 1999 Constitution and you want Nigeria to go to Referendum so the PEOPLE decide their destiny, NINAS invites you to Sign this Petition.
UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE FORCE MAJEURE
CLARIFICATION OF THE DEMANDS TO THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
PROF. TURAKI DISCUSSING THE CFM PROCLAIMED ON 12-16-20
THE 5 DEMANDS TO THE GOVERNMENT
PROCLAMATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE
Today December 16, 2020, the MNN, an alliance of the Middle Belt, Yorubaland, and Lower Niger issued a PROCLAMATION of the CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES, DECLARATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE AND DEMAND FOR TRANSITIONING PROCESS FOR ORDERLY RECONFIGURATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA! The proclamation is titled: CORRECTING THE MISTAKES OF 1914.
FULL TEXT OF THE PROCLAMATION CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.
FIVE DEMANDS WERE MADE:
The FIVE DEMANDS from the Peoples of Middle-Belt and Southern Nigeria to the Federal Government of Nigeria which MUST be Addressed within 90 days from December 16, 2020
(A) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria acknowledging the Constitutional Grievances and Sovereignty Dispute now Declared by the Peoples of South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria.
(B) A Formal Commitment by Federal Government of Nigeria to the wholesale Decommissioning and Jettisoning of the 1999 Constitution as the Basis of the Federation of Nigeria as was done by the Government of Apartheid-Era South Africa in 1990, to commence the process by which the Apartheid Constitution of the then South Africa was eased out.
(C) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria suspending further General Elections under the Disputed 1999 Constitution since winners of such Elections will Swear to, and Govern by that Constitution.
(D) A Formal Initiation of a Time-Bound Transitioning Process to midwife the emergence of Fresh Constitutional Protocols by a Two-Stage Process in which the Constituent Regional Blocs will at the first stage, Distill and Ratify their various Constitutions by Referendums and Plebiscites and in the second stage, Negotiate the Terms of Federating afresh as may be dictated by the outcomes of Referendum and Plebiscites.
(E) A Formal Invitation to the Peoples of the South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria to work out and emplace a Transitional Authority, which shall specify the Modalities for the Transitioning Process including the Composition and Mandate of the Transitional Authority a well as the Time-frame for the Transitioning and other Ancillary Matters.
The 1963 Constitution which was agreed to by the people and provided for 4 Autonomous and Self-Governing Regions was changed by the military and forced into law as the 1999 Constitution effectively SUBVERTING the will of the people.
- Self-Governance and autonomy was eliminated replacing it with a UNITARY Federal system that took all the assets (68 Item Exclusion List) from the regions and put it at the federal level.
- More states were created with various local government areas (LGA) and using this new LGA scheme based on land mass that unfairly disadvantaged the Middle to the South (Majority ethnic nationalities), utilized it to allocate the newly confiscated assets from the majority creating an APARTHEID structure. This has resulted in the Minority Far North getting the lion share of the resources and governance of the country (lack of inclusiveness and equity).
- In 2000, the 12 States in the far north, instituted Sharia laws, an act that is not in compliance with the Constitution to be a secular nation. In addition, Nigeria became a member of the OIC – Organization of Islamic Countries.
As a result the country has seen a great level of insecurity & ongoing Christian Genocide where over 100,000 have been killed, over 3 Million displaced, and about 300,00 refugees have fled. On 12/11/20, the ICC indicated that there was reasonable basis to believe that the Terrorists and the Nigerian Security Forces had committed crimes that need to be fully investigated. This on the heels of the US placing Nigeria on the Blacklist on 12/7/2020 for egregious violations of religious rights,, the first time a democracy has been put on the list. Nigeria was also ranked as the #3 terrorist country on the Global index for terrorism. There are so many issues including corruption, abject poverty of over 40% of the population, police brutality, high unemployment especially of the young people, gross inequities and lack of inclusiveness rising to the level of Apartheid against the majority. See the HOME page for a more detailed discussion of the Big Issue.
PROF AKINTOYE LEADER OF OODUA ETHNIC NATIONALITY READING A LETTER FROM THE JIHADISTS INDICATING THEY ARE PREPARED AND WELL FUNDED
notable nigerians discusing THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA STEMS FROM THE 1999 CONSTITUTION
Danjuma speaks tough, accuses Nigerian Armed forces of colluding with Armed Bandits
1999 Constitution is a fraud and Nigeria can’t work….MR. TONY NNADI.
Lebanon Story: The Blueprint Being Used in Nigeria
Any Fulani from ANYWHERE in the world, is Nigerian ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR OF BAUCHI STATE!
Starting from when the 1999 Constitution was published, various groups analyzed the differences and the resultant impact on the nation and how to correct the situation.
The Movement for New Nigeria (MNN), an alliance of the Middle Belt, the West and the South (Lower Niger) put together a plan that they have been executing to since. The strategy can be seen below. The approach was to:
- Engage the government regarding the illegitimacy of the Constitution and a call to change it.
- Construct a new draft People’s Constitution (2005 – 2006 Pro-National Conference Organizations (PRONACO). This was presented to the President, the Nation Assembly, State Govt. and Assemblies.
- File lawsuit(s) challenging the legitimacy of the 1999 Constitution on grounds of forgery and fraud seeking the orderly termination of the operation of the 1999 constitution via an 18-month transitioning process.(March 23, 2007/ 2009).
- Repudiate (reject) the 1999 Constitution (June 30, 2011).
- Hold Solemn assemblies (2015, 2017, 2018).
- Engage UN and international community (2015 to 2020)
- Proclamation calling for cessation of national elections.
- Issue proclamation to end 1999 Constitution by Force Majeure.
- Transitional government while the Referendum process is proceeding.
- Referendum for the people to vote and establish the new state or states.
The Catalyst Coalition Show Series
NIGERIA IN CRISIS: WAY FORWARD
(Prognosis & Panacea)
DECOMMISSIONING AND JETTISONING THE 1999 CONSTITUTION. This is Heritage TV. 22nd November 2020
THE MECHANISM FOR DISMANTLING AND DECOMMISSIONING OF THE FRAUDULENT 1999 CONSTITUTION(HeritageTV UK; November 13, 2020)
National Assembly Can’t Deliver New Constitution
#EndSARS : U.K. Debates Sanctions Against Nigerian Government + FG Petitions CNN
International Criminal Court Dec. 11, 2020
US State Department Dec. 7, 2020
High Level Overview of the 8 Point Strategy to Achieve Freedom From the 1999 Constitution:
- Answer the question of how to dismantle and remove the 1967 caliphate-led alliance of the North against the Middle Belt to the South
Address the question of NOT using the campaign name-tag “Biafra” at the pre-referendum stage of the campaign (the LNC has always maintained it will support the adoption of the name “Biafra” for the freed territory provided that name is consensually adopted by the constituent component nationalities of the territory).
Determine the EXACT map of the territory over which independence is being sought: the LNC adopted the 1885 map of the Lower Niger, aggregating the 1967 Eastern and Midwestern regions, delineated into six broad ethno-linguistic groups.
Ensure consensus and internal cohesion amongst the constituent component nationalities of the territory bidding for self-determination/(independence).
Design strategy for taking down the 1999 Constitution (enslaved nationalities similar to Apartheid) – Force Majeure.
Obtain the answer to the question of what the terminal processes would be for concluding the self-determination campaign; using Referendums NOT cataclysm and war.
Determine how to ensure an orderly and peaceful transition from the existing constitutional and governance order to the new constitutional and governance order.
Achieve International imperatives.
the steps we still need to take to gain our freedom VIA SELF-DETERMINATION
- Actioning the repudiation (rejection) of the sham 1999 Constitution, THEN
- Activating the Constitutional Force Majeure by Proclamation, LEADING TO
- Implementing a transitional or interim government THAT ALLOWS
- Regional Referendums by ethnic nationalities where the people VOTE to determine what kind of government they want: the decision will be made if the union of Nigeria will continue
HAVING ROUNDLY REPUDIATED THE CALIPHATE-IMPOSED, MASTER-SERVANT 1999 CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA, THE SOUTH AND MIDDLE-BELT MUST NOW REJECT FURTHER NATIONAL ELECTIONS IN 2023 UNDER THAT CONSTITUTION TO COMPEL AN IMMEDIATE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE DAMAGED CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS OF NIGERIA- LNC, November 10, 2019
(Being a Response by the LNC on behalf of the MNN Alliance to those who ask : HOW DO WE TAKE DOWN THE 1999 CONSTITUTION?)
The so-called “1979 Constitution” was the Victory Charter imposed by the Winners of the 1967-1970 War in order to make permanent, the Caliphate gains from that War and also Institutionalize the complete subjugation of the Non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria.
The Draft for that Constitution was Commissioned in 1975 by the Caliphate Point man, Murtala Mohammed, who was also the arrowhead of the July 29, 1966 Bloodbath Revenge Coup, in keeping with the Injunctive October 1960 Mission Statement and Battle Script of Ahmadu Bello.
That Draft Crafted by the Duo of Rotimi Williams and Ben Nwabueze upon the Commission of Murtala Mohammed, was railroaded through the 1977 Constituent Assembly by Loyal Caliphate Surrogate and Head-Slave, Olusegun Obasanjo and foisted by Decree as “the 1979 Constitution” by which Nigeria’s so-called Second Republic (1979 to 1983) was operated until its truncation by the Coup of December 31, 1983 staged by Muhammadu Buhari and his Confederates.
Reinstated WHOLESALE in 1999 via Decree No. 24 of 1999 by Abdusalam Abubakar under the new label of : “1999 Constitution”, that Unitary Constitution 1999 of Nigeria is the instrument by which he ongoing Caliphate Ethnic Cleansing, Impoverishment and Subjugation of the South and Middle Belt is being enabled, facilitated and executed.
Nigeria under the 1999 Constitution is thus a Criminal Enterprise, to the extent that it Falsely claims in its Preamble that : “We The People….” made and enacted our own Damnation, “having firmly and solemnly resolved to live in Unity as one Indivisible and Indissoluble Nation”. Plain, Egregious Lie.
Every National Election held under the Obnoxious 1999 Constitution, VALIDATES and REINFORCES that Constitution and so, those in Southern and Middle Belt Nigeria who GENUINELY seek an extrication of their People from the Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness, (WHETHER by way of Independence or Restructuring), cannot at the same time be subscribing to the continuing Validation and Reinforcement of that Constitution by way of further National Elections under it. That would be Grand Self-Sabotage or Utter Hypocrisy.
With the Countrywide Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution by way of the Regional SOLEMN ASSEMBLIES of 2015 (Port Harcourt), 2017 (Ibadan) and 2018 (Makurdi) in Alliance Territories AND within the Framework outlined by the Joint Multi-Region FREEDOM PARK PROCLAMATION of December 11, 2018, IT IS NOW WITHIN THE REACH OF THE ENTRAPPED PEOPLES OF SOUTHERN AND MIDDLE BELT OF NIGERIA, TO ACT TOGETHER AND TAKE DOWN THE REPUDIATED 1999 Constitution by EXPRESSLY REJECTING any further National Elections under that Constitution and this can done in 2019.
It is within the Reach of the endangered Peoples of South and Middle Belt Nigeria to jointly insist on an immediate TRANSITIONING Process (that will midwife the easing out of the rejected 1999 Constitution) by pulling back their own Political Actors from the journey to another Election Mandated by the 1999 Constitution in 2023.
Anything we do that drags us to another round of National Elections in 2023 under the 1999 Constitution will only reinforce the Caliphate Stranglehold on Nigeria and also worsen the Servitude of the rest of Nigeria.
It does not matter which part of Nigeria the winner of any such Presidential Election would come from, or the Political Party he would belong to.
Bottomline: We (South & MB) Only Need to Decisively Truncate the journey to the 2023 Elections inside 2019, in Rejection of the Repudiated 1999 Constitution, to Trigger a Chain of Events that will will culminate in a TRANSITIONING Arrangement that will ease out the Dead Constitution and midwife Successor-Protocols that are anchored on the unfettered Self-Determination Rights of the Constituent Component Nationalities, ratified by REFERENDUMS and PLEBISCITES.
If the South and Middle Belt cannot do this, then it could well be that they truly deserve to be killed and subjugated by the Murderous Caliphate that is already scheming to perpetuate itself in real power by trading with the 2023 Elections by way of a Quid Pro Quo in which the 1999 Constitution is preserved as Basis of Union while a few Greedy Renegades from the South/MB may go into Government Power on terms dictated by the Caliphate thereby compromising the Opportunity of Liberation now available to their People.
steps that have been taken to date to END the 1999 Constitution and save the ethnic nationalities facing existential threats
HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY OF THE STEPS TAKEN TO SAVE THE ETHNIC NATIONALITIES
- ENGAGEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT
- LAWSUITS CHALLENGING THE LEGITIMACY OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION
- ALLIANCE OF ETHNIC NATIONALITIES HAVE HELD VARIOUS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING: CONVENING TO REWORK THE ILLEGITIMATE CONSTITUTION TO PRODUCE A DRAFT PEOPLES’ CONSTITUTION; HOLDING SOLEMN ASSEMBLIES IN THE ETHNIC BLOCS TO REPUDIATE THE 1999 CONSTITUTION
- ENGAGEMENT WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED NATIONS
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Following ICON/CSP-Facilitated Strategic Engagements with Washington DC between January and July of 2019 by an LNC Team, the US initiated Policy Actions on Nigeria, Lake Chad Region and the Sahel. In the Time-lined June 2, 2020 Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom, President Trump described that Tool-Component (ie International Religious Freedom) of the wider Policy Mix, as being a National Security Imperative for the US which will be prioritized in the US Foreign Policy engagements at this time. Even as we closely monitor the drama unfolding around the 2020 US Presidential Election, the LNC is pleased to report this important Progress Milestone as a part of the outcome from the 2019 intensive engagements with the Policy Beltways of Washington DC.
June 2, 2020
President Trump issues an executive order:
Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom
APPG – FoRB Urging Govt to Take Action
A new report has highlighted the large scale of atrocities happening to Christians in Nigeria.
The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG FoRB) launched its report in parliament on Monday urging the UK government to pay attention and take action to stop the violence.
The report Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? focuses on the mass murders at the hands of terror group Boko Haram and armed groups of Muslim Fulani herdsmen.
Save the Persecuted Christians, LNC and other organizations and individuals send a letter to President Trump to send a SPECIAL ENVOY to Nigeria.
Frank Gaffney discussing the GENOCIDAL JIHAD going on in Nigeria as the government continues to say it is herders/farmer conflicts even though only farmers are being killed and continues to vilify the victims.
UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR VISIT TO NIGERIA
Visitation of the UN Special Rapporteur to Nigeria amidst widespread report of wanton killings and other negative indices and the issuance of a report. The report included a damning report that the Constitutional arrangement of Nigeria is a pressure cooker for injustice. This coming on the heels of the US verdict of Fulani driven ethnic cleansing.
September 3, 2019
Nigeria is a pressure cooker of internal conflicts and generalized violence that must be addressed urgently, an independent United Nations expert said on Tuesday, following a fact-finding visit to the country.
Shaheed said in a report submitted to the UN General Assembly that Nigeria is one of the countries that has created laws proscribing religious groups and defining them as terrorist organizations.
“The failure to eliminate discrimination, combined with political marginalization and nationalist attacks on identities, can propel trajectories of violence and even atrocity crimes,” he said.
July 17, 2019
HALTING ETHNO-RELIGIOUS KILLINGS IN NIGERIA AND HOLDING PERPETRATORS ACCOUNTABLE : A BACKGROUND TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S JUNE 2, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ADVANCING INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
In the weeks that followed the June/July 2019 International Religious Freedom Ministerial Roundtables in Washington DC which took Presentations from the Lower Niger Congress and Testimonies from Victims and Survivors of Murderous Fulani Invaders in the Middle-Belt of Nigeria, efforts were intensified to get the Government of the United States to Craft and Deploy Policy Actions on Nigeria to arrest the worsening Scourge of Ethno-Religious Killings.
These efforts resulted in US Policy Actions on Nigeria which so far include the December 2019 Placement of Nigeria on a US Special Watchlist, the subsequent categorization of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) and the June 2, 2020 Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom by President Donald Trump. The push is on for the Appointment of a US Special Envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin following a Formal Letter of January 27, 2020 Signed by 118 Organizations, (mostly US Evangelicals and other Stakeholder-Groups) and 33 Individuals.
In this Presentation to the Western Conservative Summit 2019, one of the main champions of this Campaign and a Former US Assistant Secretary for Defense, Frank Gaffney, who is also President of Save the Persecuted Christians, beams the searchlight on Causative Factor of Sharia Ethnic-Religious Supremacists and the Imperative of Holding the Individual and Institutional Perpetrators the Persecutions and Killings Accountable, including their collaborators and facilitators.
The LNC invites you to view this Presentation as a guide to understanding the nexus between the aforementioned June 2, 2020 Executive Order and the containment of the Fulani Invasion/Ethnic Cleansing Onslaught against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria especially in the Southern and Middle Belt Territories of Nigeria.
VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT ON CAPITAL HILL, WASHINGTON DC
Capital Hill Washington DC, LNC team joined by the survivors and victims of the Fulani Herdsmen rampage from the Middle Belt Territories of Nigeria at the International Religious Freedom Ministerial Roundtables making a case for a better US understanding of the grim situation of Nigeria and the appointment of a Special Envoy in view of the reality.
June 11, 2019, pictures here show the LNC Team at the Senate Building Session of the IRF Ministerial Roundtable on the Capitol Hill. Chaired by Ambassador Sam Brownback; showing Frank Gaffney, Tony Nnadi, Vereran Congressman Frank Wolf and the Survivors/Victims of the Invading Fulani Militia from Nigeria. Reaching a Finding that the ISIS/Boko-Haram/ISWAP-Aided Fulani Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria is being condoned (and even being facilitated) by the Nigerian Government, the US in December 2019, placed Nigeria on a Special Watch List signposting US Focus and Action Outline on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region. The 2019 Christmas Day Beheading of 10 Nigerian Christians by ISIS to avenge the US recent Killing of ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi validates the LNC Team’s alarm to Washington that Nigeria & West Africa has become the New Frontline of the Global War On Terror.
May 19, 2019
Baronness Cox speaks on the persecution of Christians and the killings of thousands of them in Nigeria.
January 17, 2019
RAISING THE GLOBAL ALARM ON THE KILLING OF CHRISTIANS – NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTON DC
At the National Press Club in Washington DC, the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) team raised a global alarm about the killing of Christians and ethnic cleansing at coordinated press conferences on Nigeria showing self-evident nexus Boko Haram / Fulani Militia Herdsmen / ISIS & ISWAP and the onlooking Federal Government.
The US Centre For Security Policy declares that Nigeria under Buhari is in a SOS 🆘 situation, and recommends immediate intervention before it explodes. The Speaker in this Video is Frank Gaffney, introducing the Segment of Coordinated Press Conferences on Nigeria at the National Press Club, Washington DC, January 17, 2019 with the Theme : NIGERIA AT BREAKING POINT” where Tony Nnadi of the LNC made the Lead Presentation.
Below is a video showing Frank Gaffney interviewing Tony NNadi of LNC and a video of Tony Nnadi speaking during the Comments Section of the program:
December 11, 2018
FREEDOM PARK PROCLAMATION
Joint, multi-regional freedom proclamation rejecting further national elections on the basis of the repudiated (not accepted or rejected) 1999 Constitution and demanding an immediate TRANSITIONING process distillation of successor state units and instruments to be ratified by Referendum.
Link to Document: https://bit.ly/3m
This was published in the Guardian on page 5
November 16, 2018
LINK TO DOCUMENT: https://bit.ly/2ILKjNs
AN OPEN MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON BEHALF OF THE LOWER NIGER CONGRESS AND IT’S MNN ALLIANCE PARTNERS, IN RESPONSE TO THE RESTRUCTURING QUERIES RAISED IN PARIS, NOVEMBER 12, 2018.
At an Interactive Session Held with Nigerians resident in France, November 12, 2018, on the sidelines of the World Peace Forum in Paris, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was reported by the Media as saying the following:
“There are too many People talking lazily about Restructuring in Nigeria. Unfortunately, People are not asking them individually what do they mean by Restructuring? What form do they want Restructuring to take? Do they want us to have something like the Three Regions we used to have? And now we have 36 States and the FCT. What form do they want? They are just talking loosely about Restructuring. Let them define it and then we see how we can peacefully do it in the interest of Nigerians. They are just saying that they want Nigeria Restructured and they don’t have the clue of what the form the Restructuring should be. So anybody who asks you about Restructuring in Nigeria, ask him what he means and what form he wants it to take”.
Putting aside the Unfortunate Condescending Haughtiness of describing the Protagonists of Restructuring as Lazy and Clueless, and for the purpose of Clarity, the elaborate Queries embedded in these Comments credited to Mr President could be Sumarized into Two Broad Question:
(1) WHAT EXACTLY CONSTITUTES A RESTRUCTURED NIGERIA?
(2) HOW PRECISELY SHOULD THE RESTRUCTURING EXERCISE BE UNDERTAKEN?
Let us note that QUESTION-1 relates mainly to the CONTENTS of Restructuring in terms of what should emerge as the Structure of Nigeria after the Restructuring Excercise while QUESTION-2 relates mainly to the PROCEDURAL PROCESSES by which the Restructuring Exercise could be successfully Prosecuted.
Before engaging these Two Broad Questions, a few preliminary remarks would be necessary to establish the baselines for this Intervention with a view to dissecting and bringing Clarity and Perspective to the entire Restructuring discourse, in a manner that is capable of advancing the difficult dialogue to the Threshold of Actionable Common Ground:
(i) Let it be recalled that after many years of Government’s prevarication on the subject of appropriate Constitutional Arrangements for Nigeria, a critical mass of Thought-Leaders who had a thorough grasp of what the real issues of the Sick Nigerian State are. and what Potent Remediation Options are available for its cure, came together from across the Ethnic and Geopolitical Divides in Nigeria, (including some of your Contemporaries in the Nigerian Military), and took upon themselves the daunting task of mobilizing the Peoples of Nigeria towards a Consensus that would generate more workable and more acceptable Constitutional Arrangements for Nigeria in place of the unworkable Unitary Constitutional Order that was unilaterally foisted by Military Fiat between 1966 and 1999, on a Nigeria that was designed to be a Federation.
(ii) The said mobilization efforts led to the Convocation of the Peoples’ Sovereign Conference of the Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria by the Enahoro-Led Pro-National Conference Organisations, PRONACO, 2005-2006, which successfully brought together Delegations from the various Ethnic Nationalities across Nigeria, Civil Society and the Leaderships of the Various Regional Self-Determination Agitations of that period (some armed), including the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC as Led by Gani Adams, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Buafra, MASSOB as led by Ralph Uwazuruike, the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteers Force NDPVF as led Dokubo Asari amongst others.
That Conference after almost two years of exhaustive deliberations in an unfettered atmosphere successfully by produced The Draft Peoples’ Constitution in August 2006, anchored on the Regional Drafts of the Various Regional Delegations within the Self-Determination Rights of the Nationalities, being the Constituent Components of the distressed Nigerian Federation.
The Processes that produced the said Draft Peoples’ Constitution had (and still have) the potential to peacefully guide Nigeria’s return to its Federal Basis had the Federal Government of time engaged the with the Processes. (Former President Obasanjo had actually declared that we were committing Treason for Convening A Sovereign Conference of the Peoples of Nigeria).
(iii) Having been a part of the wider spectrum of Leading Political Actors from Northern Nigeria involved by way of Consultations in the PRONACO Pocesses, Mr President would recall that I had in a Meeting at Ikeja between Yourself, Myself and Chief Enahoro, handed to you the Hard Cover Edition of the aforementioned Draft Peoples’ Constitution in February 2007, when you came to intimate the arrowheads of PRONACO of your bid for the Presidency of Nigeria in the 2007 Electoral Round. If there be any need for reminders on the events 2005-2006 as outlined herein, Mr President, I have no doubt that your current APC Compatriots, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, (then Governor of Lagos State), Babatunde Fashola (then Chief of Staff to Governor Tinubu) and Yemi Osinbajo (then Attorney-General of Lagos State) will readily be available to refresh your memory.
(iv) Let it also be recalled that Post-PRONACO, the arrowheads of PRONACO including Chief Anthony Enahoro and Prof Wole Soyinka and Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, amongst other Plaintiffs, had, under the aegis of the implementation phase called the Movement for New Nigeria, MNN and in furtherance of the PRONACO CONSENSUS, Instituted Suits between 2007 and 2009 at both the Lagos and Abuja Divisions of the Federal High Court, Challenging the Legitimacy of the 1999 Constitution on the Grounds of Fraud and Forgery, seeking the Termination of its Operation and the immediate initiation of a Transitioning that would distil the successor Constitutional Arrangements, just as South Africa had to do to ease itself out of the obnoxious Apartheid Constitutional Order between 1990 and 1994 under the Leadership of Courageous President Frederick W De Klerk.
(v) Further implementation steps followed in 2011, when by the MNN LAGOS DECLARATION OF JUNE 30, 2011 the MNN Alliance Partner-Organisations Jointly Repudiated the 1999 Constitution as the basis of Nigeria and Mandated the said Regional Partner Organizations to help galvanize the Various Peoples of Nigeria into Regional Constitution-Making Processes ahead of the inevitable Constitutional Reconfiguration of Nigeria (Restructuring).
Those Regional Processes have since advanced the Constitution-Making tasks and have between 2015 and 2018 yielded Formal Regional Proclamations across the Southern and Middle Belt Territories of Nigeria, Repudiating on behalf of the Peoples of each Regional Bloc, the 1999 Constitution as the Basis of the Federation of Nigeria and respectively Declaring their Desires to Explore other available Options for the future of their various Peoples within context of their Universal Right to Self-Determination, since Nigeria had for over 50 years (from Aburi of 1967), refused to address the Self-Determination Questions arising from the Grave Constitutional Grievances of its Constituent Components.
This review of recent and ongoing actions and exchanges amongst the Peoples of Nigeria on the subject of Restructuring is to assure Mr President that there is a body of knowledge and know-how which the distressed Federation of Nigeria can immediately leverage to salvage itself from the free fall and debilitation it now finds itself as a viable Political Union, and that contrary to Mr President’s charge that the Proponents of Restructuring are Lazy and Clueless, it is the Federal Government of Nigeria that has been mystifying and obfuscating the straightforward subject of returning Nigeria to its Federal Basis, and presenting itself as Frightened and Confused everytime the word “Restructuring” is mentioned, with many failed attempts by Federal Government to short-circuit the requisite Processes by way of the Unitary-Style National Conferences in 1994, 2005 and 2014.
HERE IS A FURTHER HISTORICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE ANSWERS WE ARE PROVIDING TO QUESTIONS 1 & 2 AS CRAFTED.
A FEDERATION IS A UNION OF CONSTITUTIONS and Nigeria became One Country at Independence in 1960 when the Three Regions of the time (Northern, Eastern and Western Regions), which already had their own Constitutions made out between 1957 and 1959, Met, Negotiated and AGREED to Federate themselves into One Political Union at the Lancaster House Conferences of 1959.
The Crux of their AGREEMENT and the Federation Model it Produced was the High Degree of Autonomy it guaranteed for the Federating Regions in which each Region Owned and Controlled it’s Assets, Contributing an agreed percentage of its income (15%) for the upkeep of the Center (Federal Government), to finance the limited functions jointly delegated to the Center by the Regions, meaning that the Center was a Creation Of the Regions to Service Specified Collective needs.
It will be recalled that when in 1953, Anthony Enahoro moved the First Motion for Independence, the Northern Delegates Opposed, Blocked and Defeated the Motion, on the Ground that the Northern Region was not yet ready for Independence. It will also be recalled that following the collapse of the said Independence Motion of 1953, the 8-Point Demand raised by the then Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello as Conditions for the Northern Region to join the other two Regions as One Country into Independence, had to do with the Degree of Regional Autonomy which the North wanted and these took between 1953 and 1959 to emplace and eventually Defined the Autonomy Level Adopted in what became the Independence Constitution in 1960.
The Coups of January 15, 1966 and the Counter Coup of July 29, 1966 which brought the Military to the arena of Political Power, resulted in the toppling and jettisoning of the 5 Constitutions that Defined the Federation of Nigeria (4 Regional and 1 Federal) and the imposition Of Unitary Constitutional Instruments by Military Decrees one of which by May 27, 1967 broke up the erstwhile 4 Regions into 12 States and swept away the Autonomy of the Regions whilst Hijacking and Confiscating the Assets and Rights of the Region. Most Governmental Powers and Responsibilities of the Regions were forcefully taken over by the Federal Government in this Period.
From that point in May 1967, Nigeria ceased to be a Federation. It became and has remained a Unitary State to date, fractured into 36 largely impotent States that grovel at the feet of an omnipotent but grossly inefficient Federal Government, holding to itself 68-Items on the Federal Exclusive Legislative List as encapsulated by the Imposed 1999 Constitution (which is a wholesale carry-over of the equally Imposed 1979 Constitution, despite the bogey called the 1977 Constituent Assembly since the 17 Amendments introduced by Obasanjo’s Supreme Military Council in September 1978 overrode the Clean Draft of the Constituent Assembly of 1977) and that is what has brought Nigeria to the sorry pass it currently is in, becoming the leading Global example and case study of a Failed State and also emerging the Poverty Capital of the World despite its huge endowments in Human and Material Resources.
Mr President Sir, these failures of Nigeria, characterized by Gross Insecurity, Pervasive Corruption and Infrastructural Decay are the Direct Consequences of the aforementioned distortions of Nigeria’s Federal Constitutional Arrangements since 1966, now fueling the trenchant demands for Restructuring and outright exit from what has become a Union of Attrition for the vast majority of frustrated Citizens and the Peoples of the Constituent Components of Nigeria who now feel Entrapped in an unworkable, Imposed Union enframed by a Constitutio the authorship of which is falsely credited to them in the Preambular Text which pretends that “We the People”, enacted our own damnation.
It is therefore Self-Evident Mr President, that the Countrywide demands for Restructuring are quite simply, demands for the Returning of Nigeria to it’s Federal Foundations as there can no viable mechanisms for sustainably keeping such a diversity of Peoples, Cultures and Civilizations as Nigeria Presents, in One Cohesive Country otherwise than as a Federation. All Honest Stakeholders ought by now to have reached this inescapable Conclusion, especially by looking back at the Tragedies of Unitary Nigeria since 1966.
Let us also point out that the Legislative Mandate of the National Assembly does not include the Constituent Powers required to make or remake the Constitutional Arrangements of the Federation as such Constituent Powers are the Exclusive Preserve of the Federating Constituent Components, flowing from their Sovereignty, currently suppressed by the Suzerainty Nigeria had been since 1966. Any Lawyer who tells you otherwise Mr President is either ignorant or dishonest, whether he be a Senior Advocate or Professor of Law.
Having outlined these Backgrounds, we now Proceed to Providing Specific Answers to QUESTIONS 1 & 2.
(1) WHAT EXACTLY CONSTITUTES A RESTRUCTURED NIGERIA?
Shorn of all embellishments, a Restructured Nigeria in terms of CONTENTS of outcome, is that Structure of Nigeria that would emerge:
(a) When the Sub-Nationalities being the Constituent Components of each Federating Bloc decide the Geographical Formation in which they would would be Relating (Federating) with the rest of the Union, having first Agreed Internally on what would best Guarantee Internal Cohesion in their Bloc within the context of the Universal Right of Each Sub-Nationality to Self-Determination.
(b) When the Federating Blocs Decide what Items of Governmental Responsibilities/Rights they would Cede to the Federal Government, What they Keep Exclusive to themselves and What they may Concurrently undertake with the Federal Government, with all Residual Powers (ie anything not Listed under any of the aforementioned 3 Categories) preserved for the Federating Units.
Referendums and Plebiscites are to be deployed as Ratification Mechanisms as appropriate at each Stage in Keeping with and in a manner consistent with the Imperatives of Self-Determination for each Sub-Nationality.
The number of Federating Units will also have to be a function of the Consultations Agreements of the Sub-Nationalities (in Stage-1 of the Two-Stage Process outlined in Question-2 below) and not by the kind of whimsical dictates that brought Nigeria to the current 36 States quagmire.
(2) HOW PRECISELY SHOULD THE RESTRUCTURING BE UNDERTAKEN?
Guided by the fact that a Federation is Union of Constitutions, and looking back at what truncated the Basis of Nigerian Federation, the Logic of the Situation dictates a Two-Stage PROCESS undertaken in a certain sequence.
(a) Stage-1 would be to distill the REGIONAL CONSTITUTIONS of the Proposed Federating Units (as outlined under Question-1) that would Federate in the Second Stage (as was done by the 3 Regions between 1957 and 1959 ahead of the Lancaster House Conferences of 1959).
(b) Stage-2 would be for the Proposed Federating Units, already armed with their respective Regional Constitutions as distilled from Stage-1, to Meet, Negotiate and AGREE on the Terms of Federating themselves into One Political Union (as was done in the Lancaster House Conferences).
Referendums and Ratifications are to be deployed as Ratification Mechanism as appropriate at each Stage in Keeping with and in a manner consistent with the Imperatives of Self-Determination for each of the Sub-Nationalities.
May we point out Mr President, that it was the failure of all the Governments of Nigeria since 1970 to abide by this simple LOGIC OF A FEDERATION, that is responsible for the failure of all attempts to rework the Constitutional Arrangements of Nigeria, starting with the Constituent Assembly of 1977, to all the National Conferences of 1994, 2005, and 2014 and so anything short of this Two-Stage Process is bound to fail yet again, no matter how well intentioned the Conveners may be.
Now that we know in broad outlines WHAT Restructuring Means, Mr President may be asking: But HOW do we begin, from where we are now especially with the 2019 Elections so near?.
The best guide on HOW to proceed from where Nigeria is right now is to look at how South Africa eased itself out of the quagmire of the Apartheid Constitutional Order between 1990 and 1994 under the Courageous Leadership of President Frederick W De Klerk when the Apartheid-era South Africa arrived at the very situation Nigeria has now arrived at under the Imposed Master-Servant 1999 Constitution that has been Repudiated and Rejected Countrywide, but to which a tiny band of Political Merchants across Nigeria hold tenaciously, for skewed humongous personal and group benefits, even as the People, the Country and the Society sink deeper into misery, decay and retention
The Government of South Africa saved and began the healing their dying Country by telling itself the Truth in 1990 : namely that the Apartheid Constitutional Order could not carry the South African Society any further and therefore it announced a Definitive Plan to Terminate the Operations of the Apartheid Constitution, and immediately set in Motion the Transitioning Process called CODESA, which midwifed the Processes that birthed the wholesale replacement of the Repudiated Apartheid Constitution. Nigeria is in that Station at this time that require this turnkey Constitutional Reengineering, Reconfiguration and Reconstruction which has acquired the street name of “Restructuring”.
Mr President, Nigeria is very sick and we present this Memorandum to you as Concerned Statesmen who have taken the trouble to fully DIAGNOSE the actual ailment of the sick Nigeria, and to locate the most potent PRESCRIPTION for that ailment and now invite your Government and other Stakeholders to commence the emergency TREATMENT to the life-threatening ailment of Nigeria over and above the ineffective palliatives that Partisan Politicians had offered the dying Union for over 50 Years now including Elections that only throw up new drivers to steer the Vehicle with a Knocked Engine which Unitary Nigeria has been since the 1966 collapse of its Federal Foundations.
Whether we admit it or not, Nigeria is now a thoroughly disputed Project Site and Further Construction is not only a monumental waste, but makes a Peaceful Resolution much more difficult and much more costly. We were encouraged to raise this Memorandum to you by the part of your Comment in Paris in which you stated, concerning the Restructuring demand: “Let them Define it, and then we see how we can Peacefully do it in the Interest of Nigerians”.
This is a much better tone and language than the previous dismissive and unnecessarily combative disposition of Mr President to the demand for Restructuring.
We have defined it. The ball is now in the Court of Mr President and as Custodians of the body of Knowledge and Know-how required to Undertake this Inevitable Reconfiguration and Reconstruction of the damaged Constitutional Foundations of Nigeria, we will stand by to offer our guidance to the Process.
With every sense of responsibility, and as already being campaigned for by the LNC and it’s MNN Alliance Partners, it is our Conviction that the situation calls for a Public Acknowledgement by you, that the 1999 Constitution is the source of the Misery of Nigeria and Nigerians and this should be accompanied by a Formal Announcement deferring the 2019 Elections, as well as the immediate Initiation of a Time lined Transitioning Process with the balance of your Tenure along the Paradigms outlined in this Memorandum, in place of further National Elections in 2019 under the Repudiated 1999 Constitution which can only worsen the situation of Nigeria as was the case in the 1964/1965 Elections that landed Nigeria in the catastrophes of 1966–1970.
May God Grant you the Wisdom and Courage required steer the troubled ship of the Nigerian State in the present turbulent waters.
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December 6, 2018
Baroness Cox talks Fulani Attacks in Nigeria
On the 6th of December, Baroness Cox (crossbench) talks in the House of Lords and asks the UK Government how they will respond to ongoing attacks led by Fulani militia in the northern and central belt states of Nigeria.
July 18, 2018
SOLEMN ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE BELT
The emergency assembly of the peoples of the Middle Belt in Makurdi which rejected the UNITARY Constitutional arrangement of Nigeria and proclaimed the Self-Determination rights of the Middle Belt to it’s autonomy.
September 7, 2017
SOLEMN ASSEMBLY OF YORUBA LAND
Yoruba SOLEMN ASSEMBLY at Ibadan which Repudiated the 1999 Constitution as basis of the Federation of Nigeria and proclaimed the Self-Determination rights of the Yoruba to reclaim the AUTONOMY of Yorubaland.
LNC TEAM ON CAPITOL HILL AND UN HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK
LNC team on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, making a case for the Termination of the operation of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution at a special Congressional event on Nigeria in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria.
This 2015 Presentation at a Special Congressional Event on Nigeria in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 Presidential Election in Nigeria was an important part of the build-up to the August 2019 Categorization of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as “A PRESSURE-COOKER FOR INJUSTICE” by a UN Rapporteur Mission that came on the heels of the July 2019 US Pronouncement on the Fulani Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria.
LNC also went to the UN Headquarters in New York for informal “consultations”.
Dateline: May 2015: Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The Secretary-General of the Lower Niger Congress, LNC, Tony. Nnadi dissecting the Worse-Than-Apartheid 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and canvassing the wholesale Decommissioning of that Constitution for the Emergence of Fresh Protocols anchored of the Self-Determination Rights of the currently entrapped Constituent Component Nationalities.
April 27, 2015
SOLEMN ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE LOWER NIGER
A Solemn Assembly of the peoples of the Lower Niger, which is today wrongly called South-South, South-East was held at the Atlantic Hall in the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt with the theme “TOWARDS A REFERENDUM FOR SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PEOPLES OF THE LOWER NIGER.”
The Solemn Assembly adopted the 1885 Ethnolinguistic map of the Lower Niger as the geographical basis for federating and mandated the distillation of a Charter of Relationships as well as an Asset Protection and Guaranty Scheme.
June 30, 2011
MNN ALLIANCE PARTNERS JOINT DECLARATION REPUDIATING THE CONSTITUTION IN LAGOS
Joint Multi-Regional MNN LAGOS DECLARATION by which the MNN Alliance partners being Lower Niger, Yorubaland and Middle Belt (that is the South and Middle Belt) Repudiated the Caliphate – Imposed 1999 Constitution, mandating regional self-determination actions including referendums.
THE MNN ALLIANCE REFILES THE 2007 SUIT IN THE LAGOS DIVISION OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT
The Federal Government insisted that the suit be moved to a different venue claiming that the necessary people on the government’s side could not adequately attend the court sessions in Abuja.
To continue the lawsuit and accommodate the government, MNN refiled the 2007 lawsuit in Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
The Federal Government frequently failed to show up in court and the Court engaged in endless adjournments without concluding on the case.
May 23, 2007
The MNN ALLIANCE FILES LAWSUIT CHALLENGING LEGITIMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION
In futherance of the PRONACO consensus to restore the Federal basis of Nigeria, Movement for a New Nigeria (MNN) filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Abuja following the non response of the government to the draft constitution challenging the legitimacy of the 1999 Constitution on grounds of forgery and fraud seeking the orderly termination of the operation of the 1999 constitution via an 18-month transitioning process.
The result of the suit was that the Attorney General of Nigeria, joined suit issues with plaintiffs admitting the claims.
October 2005 to August 2006
PEOPLE’S NATIONAL SOVEREIGN CONFERENCE OF THE ETHNIC NATIONALITIES CONVENE
The ethnic nationalities notified the government of the intent to convene to rework the illegitimate 1999 Constitution and invited the government to participate. The government’s response was to state that the convention would be tantamount to treason. However, in March 2005, following the government’s acknowledgement of the popularity of the convention that the ethnic nationalities were calling for, the government convened a conference but it was unsuccessful.
Following failure of the government’s convention, on October 1, 2005, the Pro-National Conference Organizations (PRONACO) being the peoples’ national sovereign conference of the ethnic nationalities convened to rework the damaged constitutional basis of Nigeria. The result of the convention was a draft PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTION.
The Draft Constitution was adopted in August 2006 and formally presented to the President, National Assembly, State Governments & State Assemblies.
The government failed to respond to or act upon the draft PEOPLES’ CONSTITUTION.