NIGERIA, THE TYRANNY OF UNEQUAL UNION

By: Eke O. Eke –

Buhari has transformed Nigeria in the image of the north and Islam.

1. By killing Biafran protesters and military occupation of Igbo land.

2. By killing Shia Muslims.

3. By empowering Fulani terrorism all over the country to ethnically cleanse minority Christian communities in south Kaduna and invade farms and sack villages.

4. By empowering the north through foreign exchange manipulation and discriminatory appointments, like ensuring disproportionate number of northerners and Muslims in JAMB board.

5. By padding the budgets and doing nothing to close the loopholes, which make it easy for politicians to gain access to public.

6. By ethnically cleansing the army of Christian and southern officers.

7. By turning a blind eye to the corruption of those around him and standing on top of his own corruption dishonesty. The list is endless.

8. As I have said a number of times, those who steal from a bank cannot find the thief.

9. Buhari is part of the Nigerian problem and those who think he can ever be part of the solution are either naive, ignorant or are in cahoot with him. Buhari is transforming Nigeria for the worst.

10. When his actions are viewed in light of the policy of the north, the motive behind his actions may become clearer.

11. The policy of north Nigeria is dictated by her ruling class, senior politicians. retired army officers, general ( kaduna Mafia) and Sultan of Sokoto. They are the one who decided to impose Sharia law in the region, aware that it is against the constitution of Nigeria.

12.The ruling class in the north is the Fulanis.

13. They are the Emirs and the elites

14. They subscribe to Saudi Arabia Sunni Wahab Islam that has produced A’Queada, Talibans, El Shabab, ISIS, Boko Haram and many other Islamic terrorist group.

15. They have presided over and continue to preside over the ethnic cleansing of Christians in north Nigeria. I lived in the north and saw the real face of the north and left more than 20 years ago. Nothing has changed.

16. The north arm Fulani herdsmen and use Nigerian army and police to protect them. Every important position in Nigeria today is occupied by a northerner, who subscribes to Sunni Islam.

17. The north formed Boko Haram, and it evolved into a monster.

18. The north is behind the charade of Chibok girls, which has seen Christian girls abducted, abused and used as puns in its political game.

19, The north established Islamic Bank, in pursuit of its overriding religious objectives.

20. Does anybody know what percentage of the income of Nigeria goes into Islamic Bank?

21 Does anybody know the foreign share holders and customers of Islamic Bank?

22. Does anybody know how Boko Haram pays for its arms and receives its weapon and why the federal government of Nigeria has refused to expose those behind Boko Haram?

23. It is no longer a secrete that the consuming objective of the North is to turn the whole of Nigeria into an Islamic state.

24. Everything the north is doing is not to share power, but to control and dominate the whole country.

25. Under the circumstance, what the north does represents the position of the north and it is not to help Nigerian unity, but to achieve its sectarian objectives.

26. Buhari is further militarising south Nigeria by building a new army brigade, the 61 bridged in port Harcourt to help in suppressing the desire of the south to be free and sending a disproportionate number of soldiers, who are Muslims and from the north to occupy east Nigeria, while ill equipped soldiers who are disproportionately from the south are posted to the north to fight Boko Haram.

27. A new generation of Nigerians have come of age. They are not prepared to accept second class citizenship and the current intransigences of the north.

28. They are tired of excuses and want a new Nigeria under the rule of law, where equality and justice as fairness reigns or break up of Nigeria.

29. They are prepared to fight for their freedom from northern domination and if necessary, die for their dignity, freedom and human rights, rather than live as second class citizens or slaves in their own country.

30. Those who have not accepted this are living in denial.

31. This is why the Nigerian elites must rise up to the occasion and provide the visionary leadership the country needs, instead of continuing the same short sighted politics of selfish interest.

32. Nigeria may be experiencing the calm before the storm.

33. Well armed Fulani men have assembled in many places in May parts middle belt and south Nigeria and are supplied by helicopter. No body knows what goes on in these camps and it is from these camps that they launch attacks on communities displacing thousands of people from their ancestral lands.

34. I believe that the Fulanis in Nigeria are planning Janjaweed style attack against many communities in the middle belt, part of Enugu, Eboyi, Delta and Anambra state to secure territories and hold it by force.

35. Unfortunately, Southerner and their leaders are in denial and I weep for my people.

36. No one can hold back the tide. The only way to avoid the tragedy that is coming to Nigeria is to restructure the country so that power can be devolved to the regions to develop at their pace and control their destiny and future.

37. If Nigeria is not restructured soon, gradual sustain violent disruptive disintegration will set in.

38. Nigerian soldiers and police have already started killing peaceful protesters and this will make violent struggle inevitable, if the country is not restructured to create a new Nigeria.

39. Nigerians should get off the fence, stop deceiving themselves and begin to think of their survival, that of their culture, religion and people.

40. Those who want grazing ground for their cattle are prepared to burn down towns and villages, kill women, children and men. They consider cows of more valuable than other human beings who are not from their ethnic group or share the same religion with them.

41. They have no respect for modern way of life, but are content to use what it produces to protect their primitive way of life.

42. North Nigeria leaders have weaponised Islam as a political instrument, which it employs in her ruthless and violent pursuit of its sectarian objectives.

43. Nigeria is imploding, mainly because of the abuse of power by the north to pursue her sectarian objectives and the people are not even aware of it. It is now time for Nigerians to wake up my to the fact that only restructure can give the country a chance to survive as one country.

44. Those who are keeping quite at this time should know that they are turning a deaf ear to the suffering of Nigerians who pay the blood price of this injustices at the hour of their need and helping the government to silence the voice of the oppressed.

45. The people of Nigeria demand the north to end the pursuit of sectarian agenda, the federal government to disarm Fulani militia, equality of all before the law, equal opportunity, the rule of law and restructure of Nigeria into a true federation, where power is devolved to the regions and a new constitution, written by people elected by the people and approved by the people in a referendum. This will be democracy and self determination achieved.

46. The key to a better future in Nigeria is our vote, we need it to vote into power men and women who will make just and decent laws and administer a fair and just constitution.

47. Therefore, register as a voter, ensure that you vote at elections, do not sell your vote and insist that you vote counts.

“No power on earth can stop oppressed population determined to win freedom” …. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won” Nelson Mandela 26th June 1961, No easy walk to freedom.

NIGERIA AND THE RESTRUCTURE DEBATE

By: Andy Akporugo Jr

NIGERIA AND THE RESTRUCTURE DEBATE

A few days ago, I disclosed here that I hoped we could all together look at the current rage of the issues of restructure, apparently from certain sections of the country, my framing of which earned me quick reprimand for its suggestion that the need for restructure was a foregone conclusion. My hope today, then is that we look here at the, for me, current uncertain demands of restructure and consider whether it is in fact an absolute imperative for good governance for each individual Nigerian, which in truth, ought to be the object of any type or system of government.

Perhaps the best place to begin this discourse is from the questions which should be settled one way or another, at the end of it:

1. Are the current demands for a ‘‘restructure’’ of Nigeria simply ones for the convening of yet another town hall meeting in which issues of the structure of governance of Nigeria will be determined? Is the decision of this meeting to be determined by majority vote, and if the perceived current majority do not agree with the terms of a proposed restructure, what happens?
And then, small but equally fundamental questions: Shall we first question the parametres by which attendees to these town halls are elected which tend to predetermine issues on account of primordial majority affiliations, even before they are engaged, and by what means? In any case, if restructure carries a minority vote, do we simply progress to yet another clamour for restructure or force it by some specific or yet indeterminate methods? OR,

2. Are the demands only, in fact, for the implementation of a specific structural design which has already been determined by resolution of the representatives of the Nigerian peoples whether regionally or nationally – for example, the leftovers from the report of the 1994/1995 Abacha Confab or the report of the 2005 Obasanjo National Political Reform Conference or the recommendations of Jonathan 2014 Confab? OR,

3. Is it a combination i.e. an implementation of the specific recommendations of earlier town halls, along with a continuation of the discussion? OR

4. On the other end, is the current structure adequate and in fact required for the dispensation of the best governance to the ordinary Nigerian wherever from, taking into cognisance the peculiarities of our “evolvement” and the prescriptions of our historical and relational experiences, advantages and handicaps?

5. Are matters of restructure better determined not by one ‘clean and jeck’ conference or event as the clamour now seems to demand, but by a creative relational engagement of the current constitution through for example the medium of legislative activity or of judicial review, away from the prescriptions of a forced even if skewed political reality which makes the concept of ‘majority’, itself questionable and tentatively unjust?

But first, perhaps some interesting facts/considerations:

i. Nigeria keeps the trophy of the country with the most constitutions ever! Is this evidence of repeated inequities which each time we are unable to remedy on account of some handicap, or of serial impatience, incompetence or even rascality?

ii. The phrase, ‘‘the mistake of 1914’’ is buzzword that testifies to the fact that the amalgamation was coerced by the colonialists, is not representative of the views of the people and is in deep need for remedy by a restructure that re-engages the question through true representatives, whether we should be together in the first place. But was the ‘mistake’ if ever there was one, not remedied by the nationalistic actions of the latter true representatives of the people [the ilk of Awo/Zik and Tafawa Balewa] who through repeated consensus at several constitutional conferences effectively ratified the oneness of Nigeria claimed by its amalgamation? Or was the “1914 mistake” eternally incapable of remedy except by us, today?

iii. Is the 1999 constitution wrong by itself simply because it was handed outside the resolve of the generality of the people i.e. away from ‘‘We the people’’ which it falsely claims are its makers or is it patently unjust simply by its provisions, such that even if we had in agreement enacted it, it would still not be right?

iv. If the 1999 constitution is wrong mainly by the absence of the consensus of the constituents of Nigeria, by what parametres then do the same people who make this claim, also demand a return to the 1963 constitution, seeing that it, as was the 1960 constitution was similarly made by a very few ‘sovereigns’, and at best by act of parliament, away from the people? Truly is the 1999 constitution any less autocratic than the 1960 or 1963 constitutions or is the 1963 constitution even anywhere as representative as the now much loathed, 1979 constitution?

v. The constitutional conferences of 1994/1995, 2005 and 2014 have perhaps been more representative of the people in the art of constitution making so far than that of 1963 by which the Constitution was simply enacted by the extant parliament, as would an ordinary law. Does it matter that none of the recommendations of these representatives constitutional conferences in fact deals with the matter of resource control in the same manner as the main agitators of restructure now seem to demand, or in particular, i.e that none of the constitutional conferences has recommended a return to the 1963 derivative formula of resource allocation or that in fact, the 2014 Confab chose to leave the matter, on account of being too technical for the Confab, for the Federal Government which it recommended to appoint a technical committee not by means of any notions of popular representation, for its advice?

vi. Does it matter now that many of the people now shouting a return to the 1963 derivation formula were, as repeated popular representatives of the people, members of the previous conferences which declined/failed to recommend it then, and in fact, conceded ownership and control of all mineral resources to the Federal Government – even as recent as 3 years ago?

vii. Did the 1963 constitution really bring justice to the people? Did it protect the people from widespread poverty, corruption, insecurity and bad governance – the very reasons which today provide, in the main, impetus for the current demands for restructure? Was it not really from it that we were baptised into a seeming eternal life of public officers cornering the people’s wealth? True Kaduna Nzeogwu, Emmanual Ifeajuna and their fellow travellers were impatient, blood-loving ‘supplanters’ of our constitution but when they claimed that the government was irredeemably corrupt were they also drunk? Did the ordinary citizen in any of the regions truly have a better deal than the current constitution ordinarily offers him?

viii. What is the existing structure of Nigeria, what is wrong with it by itself, and upon what substructural values is a judgement on it based – Are the considerations for example, based on the best interests of the individual Nigerian citizen or ethnic or regional groupings and why?

Questions; many, many questions, and yet more, as we consider the whole matter of restructuring and the imperatives before Nigeria!

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NON-PARTISAN, INTELLECTUAL ATTEMPT – DISCUSSING THE LIMITATION OF NIGERIA LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

Andy Akporugo Jr

On Wednesday the 30th of August 2017, I shall invite here, the thoughts of a few esteemed voices for restructure for hopefully what would be a non-partisan very intellectual attempt at distilling the terms of a most workable restructure of our federation and the means of bringing it to fruition, taking into consideration the limitations of our current legislative processes. I shall invite specially,

  • Dr. Solomon Ukhuegbe
  • Professor Edoba Omoregie
  • Chijioke Okoli SAN
  • Hrm Babatunde Ogala
  • Dr. Anthony Opo Okonkwo
  • Abdul Oroh
  • Dr. Job Odion
  • Tony Ipriye Uranta
  • Dili Ezughah
  • Onu John Onwe
  • Ralph Egbu
  • Chidi Peter Agbaneje
  • Emeka Odikpo
  • Ken Tadaferua
  • Paul C Nwabuikwu
  • Dr. Ugo Egbujo
  • Oni-Olusola Gbenga
  • Emmanuel Majebi
  • Umar Babangida Aliyu
  • Ismaila Olokun

I shall pray for contributions only in basic outlines. All other friends will be invited but I shall be at the gates to ensure that those whose best expression of the English language is in insults or discourtesy are kept as far away as possible.

Let’s make sense of this whole matter of restructuring

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