Update: Breaking: Biafra, Ohanaeze Summit Must Respect Eastern Nigeria Self-determination Collective to Any “Restructuring” that Shall Be Predicated on Amendments to the 1999 Constitution, & yes, the Future Being Demanded by Majority of Ndiigbo–Says LNC, Memo New York[RR]Biafra-Ohaneze–“Understanding the Objection of Eastern Nigeria Self-determination Collective to Any “Restructuring” that Shall Be Predicated on Amendments to the […]
Update: Breaking: Biafra, Ohanaeze Summit Must Respect Eastern Nigeria Self-determination Collective to Any “Restructuring” that Shall Be Predicated on Amendments to the 1999 Constitution, & yes, the Future Being Demanded by Majority of Ndiigbo–Says LNC, Memo
New York[RR]Biafra-Ohaneze–“Understanding the Objection of Eastern Nigeria Self-determination Collective to Any “Restructuring” that Shall Be Predicated on Amendments to the 1999 Constitution”, said LNC, USA
According to Okenwa Nwosu, MD, “In the final week before the much-publicized and highly controversial Southeast Nigeria Summit convened by the Ohanaeze Ndiigbo in Awka on May 21, 2018, it is proper that leadership of the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) has raised a memorandum to encapsulate the essence of the Igbo leadership gathering. It is no secret that there is a cadre of Igbo elite corps that is infected by the Sokoto Caliphate virus who would endeavor to leave no stone unturned in the defense and preservation of the universally despised and rejected status quo. The LNC memo asserts that the incumbent Ohanaeze leadership had attempted to hoodwink Ndiigbo into adopting a stance that clearly contravenes well-known Igbo strategic interests. It is hoped that this revelation shall alert all stakeholders to pay close attention to the summit being convened at Awka next week to assure that the true wishes of the Igbo majority prevail at end of the day.
“Before now, the Igbo intelligentsia among the professional, business and political elite corps had met severally to deliberate over the future options for Ndiigbo with regards to the fast deterioration situation in today’s Nigeria. The Great Igbo Debate convened online by the IgboWhoIsWho and live at Southern Texas University, Houston, Texas in February 2017 as well as the well-attended World Igbo Summit at Gregory University, Uturu (GUU), Abia state in October 2016 uniformly rejected sustenance of the status quo in all its ramifications. The Uturu Communique specifically rejected the imposed 1999 Constitution as the legal framework for the governance of a united Nigeria. The Igbo elite corps who currently wield the reigns of official power in the status quo, at the state and national levels, have continued to conduct themselves in contravention to the popular demands of Ndiigbo worldwide.
“Things have continued to deteriorate further due to the intransigence of the Sokoto Caliphate-led unitary government in Abuja. The well-schemed and implemented security operations spearheaded by a collusion of the Nigerian Army, Police and the privately-operated terrorist Fulani herdsmen militia has been raining murder and ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt and elsewhere in the South unchecked. The April 27, 2015 Solemn Assembly by indigenous peoples of the Lower Niger in Port Harcourt and the September 7, 2017 Yoruba Summit in Ibadan rejected the fraudulent 1999 Constitution and warned about the resolve to leave unitary Nigeria until true federal federalism is restored before the next general elections cycle. The Middle Belters have now got their epiphany hence their resolve to join the rest to protect themselves from the murderous & Islamization agenda of the Caliphate ruling cabal. There are, therefore, no other options left for the imminent Ohanaeze-convened Southeast Summit than to read the handwriting on the wall and to do the needful…”, Okenwa Nwosu, MD, added.
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Understanding the Objection of Eastern Nigeria Self-determination Collective to Any “Restructuring” that Shall Be Predicated on Amendments to the 1999 Constitution”, LNC, USA
Accordingly, it follows that Restructuring is coterminous with Self-determination, rather the former is only one of the means for attaining the latter.
It also goes, without saying, that Restructuring may deliver varying degrees of autonomy to the constituent components of Nigeria, ranging from a federation to a confederation or a non-federation depending on when and how it is undertaken, and more importantly, on what quantum of goodwill to federate that still remains amongst the entrapped ethnic nationalities in the failed Lugardian botched experiment of 1914 called “Nigeria”.
The “Restructuring” proponents are canvassing a process that premise the changes they seek upon “Amendments to the 1999 Constitution”, while the Self-determination proponents insist that the changes being sought cannot be predicated on amendments to the 1999 Constitution as that leaves the entire transaction (and so the fate of the peoples of Eastern Nigeria) in the hands of the same Caliphate-led “rest of Nigeria” which had imposed the said master-servant constitution in place today. This legal document contrived the so-called “majority at the National Assembly” and perpetually reduced the Igbo to the negligible political minority it has become, especially in the country’s parliament.
In towing the Restructuring-1st approach, as it currently does, I am afraid that Nzuko Umunna is setting itself up next-in-line after Ohanaeze on a sure path to perdition. This would be most unfortunate.
A little historical background to this Self-Determination versus Restructuring debate might help to guide and better inform the younger generation reading this.
The Aburi sovereign conference and the resultant Accord of January 1967 were the spirited quest and commitment by the Eastern Region the rest of Nigeria to restructure the then flailing Federation of Nigeria, with the hope to resuscitate and bring it back, once more, to be a proper federation.
The Biafran currency was confiscated from the embattled Easterners; their properties were declared abandoned and confiscated. The monies confiscated from them were warehoused by the then Finance Minister, Chief Awolowo and used to drive the Indigenization Decrees of the early 1970’s, just to ensure the complete pauperization of the East.
A thick glass ceiling was placed on Easterners in the public service, military and other opportunity spheres of the Federal Government of Nigeria which had become a master-servant reality for the East since January 1970.
This vice grip of constitutional subjugation and policy suppression of Eastern Nigeria were succinctly encapsulated by the words of Lamido Sanusi Lamido, the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and now, the Emir of Kano, when he declared in a public lecture in 1999, that:
“The Northern bourgeoisie and the Yoruba bourgeoisie have conspired to keep the Igbo out of the scheme of things. They have been defeated in war, rendered paupers by monetary policy fiat, their properties declared abandoned and confiscated, kept out of strategic public-sector appointments, and deprived of public services. Rest of the country forced them to remain in Nigeria and has continued to deny them equity. Our present political leaders have no sense of history. There is a new Igbo man who was not born in 1966 and neither knows nor cares about Nzeogwu and Ojukwu. There are Igbo men on the streets who were never Biafrans. They were born Nigerians and are Nigerians, but they suffer because of the actions of earlier generations. They would soon decide that it is better to fight their own war and maybe find an honorable peace than to remain in this contemptible state in perpetuity. The Northern bourgeoisie and the Yoruba bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbo. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie-Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered. If this issue is not addressed immediately, no conference will solve Nigeria’s problems.”
Nearly 50 years after the issues tackled in Aburi, which degenerated to the 1967-1970 War, and which remain the basis of the punitive constitutional and policy impositions against the East, the younger generation of Eastern Nigeria, roused themselves and took up the gauntlet determined to cast off the yoke of enslavement imposed upon the East by their supposed fellow Nigerians.
The overwhelming majority of this younger generation insists on the exercise of their universal right to Self-determination as Eastern Nigerians.
In this push towards Self-determination in Eastern Nigeria, there is a largely uncharted but boisterous Biafra-or-death campaign championed by the IPOB. There is the more orderly MASSOB. Both seek what they describe as “Biafra Restoration” and “Biafra Actualization”, respectively.
It is pertinent to note that both MASSOB and a wing of the IPOB already adopted the LNC Referendum Template publicly.
Mindful of the history of the brutal dealings of the Nigerian unitary with the Eastern Region over the preceding decades, the LNC co-initiated an outreach arm called the Movement for New Nigeria (MNN) by which it effectively neutralized and rendered the 1967 criminal alliance against the Eastern Region impotent.
The success of this MNN alliance outreach strategy, initiated since 2003, is evidenced by the emergent consensus among the non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria to isolate and quarantine the belligerent 12-state feudalist Sharia-loving contiguous territory of the Arewa North. This stratagem also completely shuts out the option of the kind of 1967-1970 violence from the table, despite the state power controlled from Abuja and sundry instruments of coercion, official and unofficial, currently in the hands of Nigeria’s newly exposed minority, the Sokoto Islamic Caliphate.
Bottom line is: No War is required today, to re-establish and restore the inalienable right to Self-determination for Eastern Nigerians and sovereign control over their ancestral lands. (Call it “Independence” if you so prefer).
We also challenge the proponents of Restructuring via “Amendments” to table what new strategy they have in their hands to compel a better response or even civilized behavior by the arrogant and recalcitrant Caliphate rulers. They should also table what their answers are to unprovoked southward violent sweep by the Caliphate foot soldiers in an undisguised CONQUEST and COLONIZATION murderous campaign throughout the Middle Belt and elsewhere in the South.
The tragedy is that most of Eastern Nigeria thought leaders do not seem to understand the meaning and real-life implications of the final demise of unitary Nigeria. So, they continue to invest their emotion and hope on the carcass of a dead “Nigerian Federation” which expired on since 1967.
Credit: Tony Nnadi, General Secretary, LNC, USA
Mr. Tony Nnadi
General Secretary, LNC