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NIGERIA: WHY SCOTLAND AND WALES MOVE TO LEAVE UNITED KINGDOM ?

NIGERIA: WHY SCOTLAND AND WALES MOVE TO LEAVE UNITED KINGDOM ?


What makes a White man different from a black man is his ability to fight for his freedom by any means necessary.


So in Nigeria (and other parts of Africa) we are fighting and killing each other to remain together in an artificial boundary created by United Kingdom, but the same UK left the EU to be on their own. And in the same UK people are fighting to gain their freedom from the Kingdom.


Read on!


The United Kingdom left the European Union so they can have control over their  immigration and borders. They want to be free from the control of Brussels. 


Now Scotland after their first attempt to leave the UK failed is now pushing for a second referendum. Leaders of Scotland says that England has taken advantage of them for far too long. Scots argue that the natural resources in the UK are located in Scotland and yet England shows no regard to them.


Also about 65% of Scots voted to remain in the EU but they can’t since the votes from England overwhelmed theirs. Now, they want to leave UK so they can join back EU.


Wales, after more than 800 years under English conquest wants to be free. They argue that they have lost their identity- only about 21% of the people of Wales can speak Welsh today while 100% of them speaks English. They want to maintain their identity.


For sure, Scotland will leave UK sooner than later because they have the votes. Wales may tarry but eventually they will succeed. Once they do, Northern Ireland will push to join their brother Republic of Ireland and England will be on their own.


Now to stop this from happening- Tony Blair and some Elder Statesmen and Women are pushing for RESTRUCTURING. Devolving of power from England to other Kingdoms. They are proposing a loose union where every Kingdom will be free to pursue their interests but they remain one in principle.


Is this not what we have been pushing for in Nigeria? Restructuring!!! Yet Northern Senators controlling the National Assembly threw it away. 


Why don’t we have sense in Nigeria to see what is coming? The world is tilting towards nationalism once again. 


Restructuring will calm the storm of division in Nigeria. Nigeria cannot function the way it is today. If Restructuring doesn’t happen or the process started from now till 2023 it will be too late.


Each ethnic nationality should vote for who will represent them in a National Negotiation Conference. Let us renegotiate the state of the union.


Author: Anonymous


What makes a White man different from a black man is his ability to fight for his freedom by any means necessary.


So in Nigeria (and other parts of Africa) we are fighting and killing each other to remain together in an artificial boundary created by United Kingdom, but the same UK left the EU to be on their own. And in the same UK people are fighting to gain their freedom from the Kingdom.


Read on!


The United Kingdom left the European Union so they can have control over their  immigration and borders. They want to be free from the control of Brussels. 


Now Scotland after their first attempt to leave the UK failed is now pushing for a second referendum. Leaders of Scotland says that England has taken advantage of them for far too long. Scots argue that the natural resources in the UK are located in Scotland and yet England shows no regard to them.


Also about 65% of Scots voted to remain in the EU but they can’t since the votes from England overwhelmed theirs. Now, they want to leave UK so they can join back EU.


Wales, after more than 800 years under English conquest wants to be free. They argue that they have lost their identity- only about 21% of the people of Wales can speak Welsh today while 100% of them speaks English. They want to maintain their identity.


For sure, Scotland will leave UK sooner than later because they have the votes. Wales may tarry but eventually they will succeed. Once they do, Northern Ireland will push to join their brother Republic of Ireland and England will be on their own.


Now to stop this from happening- Tony Blair and some Elder Statesmen and Women are pushing for RESTRUCTURING. Devolving of power from England to other Kingdoms. They are proposing a loose union where every Kingdom will be free to pursue their interests but they remain one in principle.


Is this not what we have been pushing for in Nigeria? Restructuring!!! Yet Northern Senators controlling the National Assembly threw it away. 


Why don’t we have sense in Nigeria to see what is coming? The world is tilting towards nationalism once again. 


Restructuring will calm the storm of division in Nigeria. Nigeria cannot function the way it is today. If Restructuring doesn’t happen or the process started from now till 2023 it will be too late.


Each ethnic nationality should vote for who will represent them in a National Negotiation Conference. Let us renegotiate the state of the union.


Author: Anonymous

OVER 1,000 YORÙBÁ WOMEN IN DIASPORA VISIT OONI, INSIST ON YORÙBÁ NATION

OVER 1,000 YORÙBÁ WOMEN IN DIASPORA VISIT OONI, INSIST ON YORÙBÁ NATION


Not less than 1,000 Yoruba Women from Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, Papua Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, and other countries on Wednesday visited the Ooni of Ile – Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II in his Palace to express themselves on the need for the Yoruba Nation.


The Ooni in his response maintained that “Our Struggle for Self-Determination Can not materialise without Women’s Support.”


As one of the strongest pillar of the agitation, Prof. Banji Akintoye also said that the visit symbolises a declaration showing the departure of Yoruba land from Nigeria.


The Women, under the agies of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, dressed with traditional ritual attires, consisting of white body wrappers and beads, all from the diaspora, numbering about 1,000, stormed the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye – Ogunwusi on sunday 11th April, 2021, demanding that it is either self-determination or nothing for the Yoruba Nation.


Led by their worldwide Leader, Princess Yeye Simisade Kuku-Onayemi and their Secretary-General, Dr. Owowunmi Babalola-Okocha, the women said the gods in Yoruba Land have mandated them to commence spiritual measures that will lead to the prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation without 


 *Apr 14, 2021* 

Omowumi, a resident of the United States, flanked by other Yoruba women from 37 countries such as Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, United Kingdom, Paupa Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, amongst others, said the gods mandated them to conduct some spiritual measures in the palaces of Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Osemawe of Ondo, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Obaro of Kabba, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oloffa of Offa and Awujale of Ijebu Land respectively.


The women added that the outcome of the spiritual meansures which cannot be discussed in public, shall unravel many things that will help towards the peaceful and prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation.


“All of us that you are seeing here today are top-notch professionals. We have medical doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants, engineers, development experts, journalists, academic dons, top bankers and entrepreneurs among us. The majority of us are working at blue-ship public and private organisations,” Simisade Kuku-Onayemi, the worldwide leader of the women, declared.


She said they are contented with what they have but they are not happy with the situation of things in their fatherland hence their coming out to salvage their land in a Yoruba way.


Corroborating her leader, Omowumi Babalola- Okocha said “upon consultations, we were mandated by gods to visit the palaces of Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Osemawe of Ondo, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oloffa of Offa, Obaro of Kabba and Awujale of Ijebu Land to carry our some spiritual measures that we cannot mention details in public hence our visit to the Oduduwa Source.


“When we are done with our consultations and prayers, the people of Yoruba Nation shall be surprised at the rate by which the Yoruba Nation shall come into reality without any bloodshed. It shall be amazing and the world shall be shocked,” Omowumi declared.


In his brief remarks, Yoruba Leader and Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, who led the women to Ooni’s palace, described the action of the women as a powerful declaration showing the departure of Yoruba land from Nigeria.


The 86-year-old member of the second republic Senate said “our women who gave birth to us have spoken. They have declared and Heaven has heard. What they have started is a powerful declaration showing the departure of the Yoruba Nation from Nigeria.


“It will be amazing and shocking by the time the declaration is made. Yoruba Nation shall be birthed and with the support of our women, our freedom day is nearer,” Akintoye said.


Ooni of Ife in his response to the development, highlighted the importance of women in Yoruba’s strive for freedom, stating that the new twist to the agitation for self-determination is that women are now involved which makes him very glad.


“Whatever you are doing that women are not involved cannot materialise. We are going no where if our women are not carried along and get involved. If you are married, and your wife is not happy with you, it is not going to work well with you unless the woman is not fighting you with sincerity.


“Women are not timid, they are warriors. From the Holy Bible, we read how Deborah fought for her people and conquered. Moremi fought and delivered the people of Ancient Ife from the Igbomekun who were our deadly adversaries. Therefore, women are key to our struggle for self-determination and we must carry them along, going forward.


“We will support our women and we are happy they are taking up the battle and picking up the guanlets. Again, I want to say very expressly that If we fail to have the support of our women folks, we are going nowhere. Therefore, I welcome you to the source and I wish you well in your visit to other palaces in Yoruba Nation”, Ooni declared.


Other dignitaries at the palace during the visit included the National Chairman of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Wale Adeniran, University Don, Akin Adejuwon, amongst others.


Not less than 1,000 Yoruba Women from Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, Papua Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, and other countries on Wednesday visited the Ooni of Ile – Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II in his Palace to express themselves on the need for the Yoruba Nation.


The Ooni in his response maintained that “Our Struggle for Self-Determination Can not materialise without Women’s Support.”


As one of the strongest pillar of the agitation, Prof. Banji Akintoye also said that the visit symbolises a declaration showing the departure of Yoruba land from Nigeria.


The Women, under the agies of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, dressed with traditional ritual attires, consisting of white body wrappers and beads, all from the diaspora, numbering about 1,000, stormed the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye – Ogunwusi on sunday 11th April, 2021, demanding that it is either self-determination or nothing for the Yoruba Nation.


Led by their worldwide Leader, Princess Yeye Simisade Kuku-Onayemi and their Secretary-General, Dr. Owowunmi Babalola-Okocha, the women said the gods in Yoruba Land have mandated them to commence spiritual measures that will lead to the prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation without 


 *Apr 14, 2021* 

Omowumi, a resident of the United States, flanked by other Yoruba women from 37 countries such as Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, United Kingdom, Paupa Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, amongst others, said the gods mandated them to conduct some spiritual measures in the palaces of Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Osemawe of Ondo, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Obaro of Kabba, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oloffa of Offa and Awujale of Ijebu Land respectively.


The women added that the outcome of the spiritual meansures which cannot be discussed in public, shall unravel many things that will help towards the peaceful and prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation.


“All of us that you are seeing here today are top-notch professionals. We have medical doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants, engineers, development experts, journalists, academic dons, top bankers and entrepreneurs among us. The majority of us are working at blue-ship public and private organisations,” Simisade Kuku-Onayemi, the worldwide leader of the women, declared.


She said they are contented with what they have but they are not happy with the situation of things in their fatherland hence their coming out to salvage their land in a Yoruba way.


Corroborating her leader, Omowumi Babalola- Okocha said “upon consultations, we were mandated by gods to visit the palaces of Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Osemawe of Ondo, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oloffa of Offa, Obaro of Kabba and Awujale of Ijebu Land to carry our some spiritual measures that we cannot mention details in public hence our visit to the Oduduwa Source.


“When we are done with our consultations and prayers, the people of Yoruba Nation shall be surprised at the rate by which the Yoruba Nation shall come into reality without any bloodshed. It shall be amazing and the world shall be shocked,” Omowumi declared.


In his brief remarks, Yoruba Leader and Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, who led the women to Ooni’s palace, described the action of the women as a powerful declaration showing the departure of Yoruba land from Nigeria.


The 86-year-old member of the second republic Senate said “our women who gave birth to us have spoken. They have declared and Heaven has heard. What they have started is a powerful declaration showing the departure of the Yoruba Nation from Nigeria.


“It will be amazing and shocking by the time the declaration is made. Yoruba Nation shall be birthed and with the support of our women, our freedom day is nearer,” Akintoye said.


Ooni of Ife in his response to the development, highlighted the importance of women in Yoruba’s strive for freedom, stating that the new twist to the agitation for self-determination is that women are now involved which makes him very glad.


“Whatever you are doing that women are not involved cannot materialise. We are going no where if our women are not carried along and get involved. If you are married, and your wife is not happy with you, it is not going to work well with you unless the woman is not fighting you with sincerity.


“Women are not timid, they are warriors. From the Holy Bible, we read how Deborah fought for her people and conquered. Moremi fought and delivered the people of Ancient Ife from the Igbomekun who were our deadly adversaries. Therefore, women are key to our struggle for self-determination and we must carry them along, going forward.


“We will support our women and we are happy they are taking up the battle and picking up the guanlets. Again, I want to say very expressly that If we fail to have the support of our women folks, we are going nowhere. Therefore, I welcome you to the source and I wish you well in your visit to other palaces in Yoruba Nation”, Ooni declared.


Other dignitaries at the palace during the visit included the National Chairman of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Wale Adeniran, University Don, Akin Adejuwon, amongst others.

Late Yinka Odumakin To Be Laid to Mother Earth April 24th 2021, Family Says Burial Programs Will Take Three Days

Late Yinka Odumakin To Be Laid to Mother Earth April 24th 2021, Family Says Burial Programs Will Take Three Days

The family of the late comrade activist and secretary of the pan Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere, has said the final burial programs for their departed loved one will last for Three Days.


Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, says the body of her husband, late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 24.


Okei-Odumakin, a rights activist, made the announcement of the order of funeral rites available to the public on Monday in Lagos.


According to her, “the rites will span three days, starting from Thursday, April 22, Friday 23 and Saturday, April, 24.


“There would be day of tributes and Service of Songs at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, between 11:00 am and

4:00 pm while his body lies in state on Thursday, April, 22.


“On Friday 23, his body departs Lagos for Moro, his country home, in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun.


“There will be a Christian wake keep by 5:00 pm at the Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, which will be followed by a Candle light procession,” the widow said. 


Okei- Odumakin disclosed there would be Lying in State at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro by 8: 00 am on April 24.


The family of the late comrade activist and secretary of the pan Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere, has said the final burial programs for their departed loved one will last for Three Days.


Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, says the body of her husband, late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 24.


Okei-Odumakin, a rights activist, made the announcement of the order of funeral rites available to the public on Monday in Lagos.


According to her, “the rites will span three days, starting from Thursday, April 22, Friday 23 and Saturday, April, 24.


“There would be day of tributes and Service of Songs at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, between 11:00 am and

4:00 pm while his body lies in state on Thursday, April, 22.


“On Friday 23, his body departs Lagos for Moro, his country home, in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun.


“There will be a Christian wake keep by 5:00 pm at the Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, which will be followed by a Candle light procession,” the widow said. 


Okei- Odumakin disclosed there would be Lying in State at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro by 8: 00 am on April 24.


AWOTIB CONDEMNS INJUDICIOUS DETENTION BY ONDO GOVERNMENT: calls for release of Kemisola Oguniyi and others

AWOTIB CONDEMNS INJUDICIOUS DETENTION BY ONDO GOVERNMENT: calls for release of Kemisola Oguniyi and others

African Women in TIB* (AWOTIB) condemn in strong terms, the continuing detention of Kemisola Oguniyi and several others who are victims of illegal arrests and unwarranted detention.


One expects every government to support the advocacy to end violence against women. It then becomes worrisome, when teenage girls get arbitrarily arrested and detained during a nationwide protest against oppression, exploitation, and brutality. Such which describe the #EndSARS   protests of October, 2020.


The Akeredolu-led government of Ondo state appears not to appreciate the global role of women and gender justice.


We therefore demand that government adheres to the principles of supremacy of law. Part of which are avoidance of arbitrariness, fairness, and legal transparency.


While urging all Women's organisations, revolutionary movements, the Nigerian Bar Association, and Civil Society groups/organisations to join us in this call for justice, let it be noted that *injustice to one, is injustice to all*.


No woman....No nation.

#VivaAluta✊🚩

*Gift Precious Orupe*

Secretary, AWOTIB

African Women in TIB* (AWOTIB) condemn in strong terms, the continuing detention of Kemisola Oguniyi and several others who are victims of illegal arrests and unwarranted detention.


One expects every government to support the advocacy to end violence against women. It then becomes worrisome, when teenage girls get arbitrarily arrested and detained during a nationwide protest against oppression, exploitation, and brutality. Such which describe the #EndSARS   protests of October, 2020.


The Akeredolu-led government of Ondo state appears not to appreciate the global role of women and gender justice.


We therefore demand that government adheres to the principles of supremacy of law. Part of which are avoidance of arbitrariness, fairness, and legal transparency.


While urging all Women's organisations, revolutionary movements, the Nigerian Bar Association, and Civil Society groups/organisations to join us in this call for justice, let it be noted that *injustice to one, is injustice to all*.


No woman....No nation.

#VivaAluta✊🚩

*Gift Precious Orupe*

Secretary, AWOTIB

Yinka Odumakin: the storm is over!

Yinka Odumakin: the storm is over!

By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

Odumakin

 'Abiodun, stop crying; the storm is over!'_ Those were the exact words of Peter Oluyinka Odumakin to me at _Saint James’ Anglican Church,_ Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti State, on November 5, 2009. It was on the occasion of my wedding to the-then Miss Oluwafunmilola Awosusi.

 

For obvious reasons, it was to be a day of joy for me; and, truly, it was! But, midway into the programme, thoughts, particularly, of the physical thistles and the psychological inflexibility of a journey, which had, at one time or the other, tended to dilute my faith, overwhelmed me; and I became drenched in my own tears. The man fondly called Yinka Odumakin understood the mood of that moment, seized it, walked up to me, patted me on the shoulder, and whispered into my ears: _‘Abiodun, stop crying; the storm is over.’_ That was vintage Odumakin!


I remember receiving a telephone call one fateful afternoon in 2008. The other party was Odumakin who … offered to pay me a visit. Of course, I rejected the offer - of a big man paying a courtesy visit to a _‘small man.’_ It ought to be the other way round. So, I chose the latter option. The rest, as they always say, is history! As the pioneer Administrative Secretary of _Afenifere Renewal Group_ (ARG), yours sincerely worked closely – and, tirelessly, too - with leaders like Olawale Oshun, Ayo Afolabi, Kayode Fayemi, Jimi Agbaje, Bisi Adegbuyi, Lai Oyeduntan, Babafemi Ojudu, Olutola Mobolurin, Pastor Akin Adeoye, the late Dipo Famakinwa and Odumakin to nurture ARG into a global brand.


Our ideological differences thereafter notwithstanding, Odumakin and I remained brothers till he breathed his last on Friday, April 2, 2021. For instance, the week preceding his death, I had, in what has overtime become the practice between us, sent SMS messages to him, and his wife. But, while I was doing that, little did I know that death was already nearing him by the eyelids!

 

A popular Yoruba proverb goes thus: _‘odo to ba gbagbe orisun re yio gbe’_ (a river that forgets its origin will dry up). In so numerous ways, Odumakin touched lives while he lived on Planet Earth. Mine was no exception. For example, though God used Archbishop Olukayode Akinyemi and Bishop Matthew Kukah to discover my talent, the Strength of Israel used Odumakin as the rung of the ladder to whatever height I have attained in life. I also know, for a fact, that he assisted many others to realize their dreams.


Ask what I knew about Yinka Odumakin and I will say that this departed soul was a man of very sound character who dared to dream; he dared to be different. He was as gentle as a lamb but equally as wise as a serpent. Odumakin was one calm dove who never suffered fools gladly. Jimi Agbaje _(aka JK),_ once told me that the late wordsmith was one individual who’s fond of deploying all the weapons in his arsenal into fighting whoever he believed has crossed his path. Well, what Agbaje failed to add was that, if this Moro, Osun State-born humanist also promised to lend somebody a helping hand, he would neither sleep nor slumber until a source of lift-up was found.


Odumakin was a man of conviction who took no prisoners. Once he believed in a cause, he would fight to the last. You might not like what he’s saying but, once he stood on it, that would remain his bible. But, again, the trouble with such Odumakins is that, if they are wrong, they will be fatally wrong; and, if they are right, they will be like essential saints. So, the challenge lies with those who deal with them: you have to win them over at the level of ideas.


Yes, Odumakin may no longer be with us, but we can learn one or two things from his life and times. In every society, we need people like this gentle giant because, in a society where thugs and bandits are running riot, needless to repeat that ideas, logic, philosophies and deep thinking have taken flight. So, where is the hope for corrections, renewal, or rebirth? The truth of the matter is that Odumakin occupied some space in our societal structure. He did not just show up like one nincompoop on the street. He toiled for it; and he made his voice heard. Whether the people like it or not, some of his moves shattered certain myths and instilled fears in the minds of the so-called high and mighty in the society.


Matter-of-factly speaking, the society where the Odumakins of this world can thrive will be one where people reason! In a society where rabble rousers now dictate the tune of things, Nigerians are bound to miss the contributions of _Brother Yinka,_ who would rather approach any issue in discourse from a compellingly rich angle. Whether it is a philosophical principle, or an economic theory he believed in, or a socio-cultural matter, to which he devoted his life, something was always the anchor of his convictions. Of course, this tells us something about the workings of his inner mind. If only we can have a hundred of Odumakins in our midst, who knows, things might be better. But, if everybody would just _‘sidon look’,_ who, then, would challenge the rogues who have strayed into positions of authority in the country?


As for _Sister Joe,_ Odumakin’s widow, she must take heart and remain strong, so that Abraham, the son left behind by her spouse may appreciate what the struggle his father lived and died for is all about. Death is the terminal end of all mortals; but, herein lies the essence of truth: even, if Odumakin had lived for 100 years, he would surely die, one day! No! This isn’t the time for Comrade Joe to cower to the dictates of sorrow or blankness. It is not so much about what the political class; even, any culture-influenced tribute expert is prepared to give her in terms of sympathy or solidarity. It is much more about the legacy of her late husband; and her ability to look inwards to the inner convictions that threw her up as an activist in the first place.


In the immortal words of Marion Howard, life _“is like a blanket - too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel. You yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulders. But cheerful folks manage to draw their knees and have a comfortable night.”_ If death is a necessary end, then, Odumakin has fought a good fight and he has hung his sword. So, the storm is over! Whoever thinks he has not used it justifiably can pick it up and continue from where he stopped.


Yes, the storm may be over for Odumakin. So, I say to him _: ‘rest on, brother;_ and, goodnight!’ To the remaining genuine activists however, it’s _‘good morning.’


 Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta!


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, rest the soul of our departed brother and comfort the family he left behind!




 _*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, State of Osun, Nigeria. ([email protected]; 07087941459 – SMS only)_

By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

Odumakin

 'Abiodun, stop crying; the storm is over!'_ Those were the exact words of Peter Oluyinka Odumakin to me at _Saint James’ Anglican Church,_ Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti State, on November 5, 2009. It was on the occasion of my wedding to the-then Miss Oluwafunmilola Awosusi.

 

For obvious reasons, it was to be a day of joy for me; and, truly, it was! But, midway into the programme, thoughts, particularly, of the physical thistles and the psychological inflexibility of a journey, which had, at one time or the other, tended to dilute my faith, overwhelmed me; and I became drenched in my own tears. The man fondly called Yinka Odumakin understood the mood of that moment, seized it, walked up to me, patted me on the shoulder, and whispered into my ears: _‘Abiodun, stop crying; the storm is over.’_ That was vintage Odumakin!


I remember receiving a telephone call one fateful afternoon in 2008. The other party was Odumakin who … offered to pay me a visit. Of course, I rejected the offer - of a big man paying a courtesy visit to a _‘small man.’_ It ought to be the other way round. So, I chose the latter option. The rest, as they always say, is history! As the pioneer Administrative Secretary of _Afenifere Renewal Group_ (ARG), yours sincerely worked closely – and, tirelessly, too - with leaders like Olawale Oshun, Ayo Afolabi, Kayode Fayemi, Jimi Agbaje, Bisi Adegbuyi, Lai Oyeduntan, Babafemi Ojudu, Olutola Mobolurin, Pastor Akin Adeoye, the late Dipo Famakinwa and Odumakin to nurture ARG into a global brand.


Our ideological differences thereafter notwithstanding, Odumakin and I remained brothers till he breathed his last on Friday, April 2, 2021. For instance, the week preceding his death, I had, in what has overtime become the practice between us, sent SMS messages to him, and his wife. But, while I was doing that, little did I know that death was already nearing him by the eyelids!

 

A popular Yoruba proverb goes thus: _‘odo to ba gbagbe orisun re yio gbe’_ (a river that forgets its origin will dry up). In so numerous ways, Odumakin touched lives while he lived on Planet Earth. Mine was no exception. For example, though God used Archbishop Olukayode Akinyemi and Bishop Matthew Kukah to discover my talent, the Strength of Israel used Odumakin as the rung of the ladder to whatever height I have attained in life. I also know, for a fact, that he assisted many others to realize their dreams.


Ask what I knew about Yinka Odumakin and I will say that this departed soul was a man of very sound character who dared to dream; he dared to be different. He was as gentle as a lamb but equally as wise as a serpent. Odumakin was one calm dove who never suffered fools gladly. Jimi Agbaje _(aka JK),_ once told me that the late wordsmith was one individual who’s fond of deploying all the weapons in his arsenal into fighting whoever he believed has crossed his path. Well, what Agbaje failed to add was that, if this Moro, Osun State-born humanist also promised to lend somebody a helping hand, he would neither sleep nor slumber until a source of lift-up was found.


Odumakin was a man of conviction who took no prisoners. Once he believed in a cause, he would fight to the last. You might not like what he’s saying but, once he stood on it, that would remain his bible. But, again, the trouble with such Odumakins is that, if they are wrong, they will be fatally wrong; and, if they are right, they will be like essential saints. So, the challenge lies with those who deal with them: you have to win them over at the level of ideas.


Yes, Odumakin may no longer be with us, but we can learn one or two things from his life and times. In every society, we need people like this gentle giant because, in a society where thugs and bandits are running riot, needless to repeat that ideas, logic, philosophies and deep thinking have taken flight. So, where is the hope for corrections, renewal, or rebirth? The truth of the matter is that Odumakin occupied some space in our societal structure. He did not just show up like one nincompoop on the street. He toiled for it; and he made his voice heard. Whether the people like it or not, some of his moves shattered certain myths and instilled fears in the minds of the so-called high and mighty in the society.


Matter-of-factly speaking, the society where the Odumakins of this world can thrive will be one where people reason! In a society where rabble rousers now dictate the tune of things, Nigerians are bound to miss the contributions of _Brother Yinka,_ who would rather approach any issue in discourse from a compellingly rich angle. Whether it is a philosophical principle, or an economic theory he believed in, or a socio-cultural matter, to which he devoted his life, something was always the anchor of his convictions. Of course, this tells us something about the workings of his inner mind. If only we can have a hundred of Odumakins in our midst, who knows, things might be better. But, if everybody would just _‘sidon look’,_ who, then, would challenge the rogues who have strayed into positions of authority in the country?


As for _Sister Joe,_ Odumakin’s widow, she must take heart and remain strong, so that Abraham, the son left behind by her spouse may appreciate what the struggle his father lived and died for is all about. Death is the terminal end of all mortals; but, herein lies the essence of truth: even, if Odumakin had lived for 100 years, he would surely die, one day! No! This isn’t the time for Comrade Joe to cower to the dictates of sorrow or blankness. It is not so much about what the political class; even, any culture-influenced tribute expert is prepared to give her in terms of sympathy or solidarity. It is much more about the legacy of her late husband; and her ability to look inwards to the inner convictions that threw her up as an activist in the first place.


In the immortal words of Marion Howard, life _“is like a blanket - too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel. You yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulders. But cheerful folks manage to draw their knees and have a comfortable night.”_ If death is a necessary end, then, Odumakin has fought a good fight and he has hung his sword. So, the storm is over! Whoever thinks he has not used it justifiably can pick it up and continue from where he stopped.


Yes, the storm may be over for Odumakin. So, I say to him _: ‘rest on, brother;_ and, goodnight!’ To the remaining genuine activists however, it’s _‘good morning.’


 Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta!


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, rest the soul of our departed brother and comfort the family he left behind!




 _*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, State of Osun, Nigeria. ([email protected]; 07087941459 – SMS only)_

JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi

NIGERIA: FULANI EMASCULATION NOW COMPLETE

NIGERIA: FULANI EMASCULATION NOW COMPLETE

 *Doubting Thomas's now Shamed!
 *But we shall rise and Triumph Willy Nilly



The strategy is fool proof yet every project invites its own risks. The master strategist is a master risk evaluator but these people are not. It is clear that those who conceived this project, designed its key elements and planned its implementation somehow failed to design risk management into the mix. This is my evaluation of the Project design and plans to hand over Nigeria to Fulani Nations of Africa.

To dominate a people, seize their wealth and enslave them, take full control of political power, get all arms under your control, deny all else of access to any form of weapons, take control of major income organs, deny all else of access to funds. Finally move in surreptitiously and take over physical space. This is what has been going on since 2015.


 *PHASE 1

FULANI TAKE OVER ALL 3 ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT


Today, all three arms of Government; Executive, Legislative and Judicial have been appropriated by the Fulani Nation.

President, Chief of Staff, Senate president, Chief Justice of the Federation, Deputy Speaker House of representatives.  It has always been said that he who controls political power controls everything in the Republic. That is what the Fulani have done.


 *PHASE 2

FULANI TAKES OVER ALL ARMS BEARING ORGANS OF SECURITY

Next, they moved to put all arms under Fulani control. Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff, Inspector General of police, Director general of Department of State Security (DSS), National Security Adviser, (NSA), Minister of Defense, Commander of NSCDC, Chairman of NDLEA, all Intelligence services military and civilian. Director NIA, Director Military Intelligence, Director Naval Intelligence, Director Air Force Intelligence, Immigration, Prisons and so on. These are the organs licensed to bear arms. And just like Aristotle observed centuries ago: “Those who have command of the arms in a Country are masters of the State, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please.”


 *PHASE 3

NIGERIANS EXCEPT FULANI HEERDSMEN ORDERED TO SURRENDER ARMS

Still not fully comfortable with the capacity of other Nigerians to offer resistance, in February 2018, Nigeria Police Force which feigned ignorance of the uAK47 bearing Fulani terrorists and would not challenge them suddenly announced, through Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, plans by the Inspector General of Police to order surrender of both licensed and unlicensed guns from the citizens of Nigeria within 21 days. This was targeted at Vigilante groups, Neighborhood watches and people who obtained licensed guns for personal protection. Evidently, the Fulani herdsmen were exempted from this order as they openly and brazenly carried AK47 weapons in full view of the Police unchallenged. Again, that Philosopher, Aristotle saw this before our time:

“Both Oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.”


 *PHASE 4

TAKE OVER ALL FUNDS AND DEPRIVE OTHERS OF ACCESS TO MONEY.

The four highest revenue earners of Government were put in the hands of Fulani Muslims from the North.  NNPC accounts for 76% of federal revenue, 40% of overall gross Domestic Product and 98% of export earnings is put under Mele Kyari, Fulani from Borno. Federal Inland Revenue Service which generated, at a time, 5.3 trillion Naira under Babatunde Fowler, a Yoruba, was taken and handed over to Mohammed Nami in 2019, also Muslim from the North. Government was patient enough for Fowler to introduce the template and blueprint of the successful Lagos tax initiative. In addition, Fowler brought all the Tax payer register, their key information, their business secrets and customers to the Federal umbrella, thinking perhaps he would be there in forever.  The Nigeria Ports Authority whose revenue in 2017 was about 1 trillion Naira and one of the highest 4 is domesticated under a young lady, Hadiza Bala Usman, also Muslim Fulani. The Nigeria Customs Service, yielded a revenue of 1.5 trillion naira was also given to Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, Muslim Fulani. But that is not all. The big spenders are also Fulani controlled: 

Defense, Finance, Education, Justice, FCT, Agriculture, Police Affairs, Aviation, Communication, Power, Water Resources, and Humanitarian Affairs.

Following key federal agencies too: EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, NNPC, PTDF, DPR, PPRA, PEF, NPA, NIMASA, NDIC, SEC, NAICOM, FMBN, FHA, NHIS, NPHDA, UBEC, TETFUND, SMEDAN, NYSC, BOA, DBN, BPE, NTA, NEDC, FERMA, PENCOM, NITDA, NCC, NEMA, FAAN, NAMA, NIMET, NIRSAL, NIMC and Sovereign Wealth Fund.


 *PHASE 5

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: OKADA LOCUSTS FROM THE NORTH

Importation of foreign Fulani into Southern and Middle Belt regions started rather surreptitiously. Thousands of Fulani youth, scrawny looking, scantily clothed invaded most State Capitals of the South and Middle belt, starting from Lagos. They came in trailers, loaded with brand new motorcycles called “Okada.” Some observant people wondered aloud, how they got these shiny brand-new motorbikes, who paid for them, who sent them down South and who received, camped, housed and fed them. They asked “Is this not be part of a grand Boko Haram agenda?” 

Not a few suspected them as injected sleeper cells in our urban areas, ready and programmed to press their weapons into action to cause pandemonium, injure and kill in order to dominate and take over local space. Our Governors went about their activities in politics and stealing without distraction, yet the number of these invading troops kept swelling. 


 *PHASE 6

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: INJECTION INTO FOREST RESERVES

Under the pretext of Cow herding, they started full scale occupation of forest reserves, importing their family from across all Fulani Nations of West Africa, building their signature straw huts all around and constructing their traditional organs of administration. They brought their wives, their children and their armory of AK47 and ammunition. Still Governors grumbled but wanted a second term and so, feigned ignorance. 


GOOD STRATEGY, POOR TACTICS.

Those who conceived and implemented this ‘Take-Over’ strategy failed to take risk management into their project plan. They injected these peasants, equipped them with guns and forgot to sustain them with regular allowances. So, prematurely and before full implementation of mass space occupation, these warriors poured into highways, started to rob passengers for survival before graduating to kidnapping. Now they found this more lucrative than any allowance thus transformed into autonomous agents. They had now acquired enormous power, been introduced to lucrative human trade and become blackmail entrepreneurs. Some with the power of their guns also moved to seize ancestral land and since ‘body no be wood,’ added raping of farmers wives and daughters.


Finally people came alive, started to pay attention and now complained. Abuja ignored them, local Political leaders including Governors and legislators stayed mute, traditional rulers cringed and froze up, but some socio-political leaders raised alarms. 


 The Presidency, finally, through a Yoruba minion, Femi Adesina warned: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are dead, how does the attachment matter?”  He warned farmers to give up their homeland to stay alive. Vanguard of July 15 2018 reported this along with many other newspapers.


TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.

You have to admire Chinua Achebe for his creative metaphors even when you don’t, his sentiments.  Achebe captured our carelessness thus:

“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that is the time to do something about it, not when it is around your neck.”


Well, the water had gone up beyond our neck before some of our leaders woke up to do something, it had gone up to our nostrils. I don’t know where it is now as we appear to be drowning.


OF 1,123 FULANI CELLS INSERTED DEEP INTO YORUBA FORESTS

On May 25 2019, Yoruba Council of Elders sounded a loud, disturbing and chilling beagle to the Yoruba Nation. 1,123 Fulani sleeper cells had been identified by a University of Ife investigation group commissioned sequel to the kidnap of Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe of the University of Ife by Fulani herdsmen. Security fault lines created by organized Fulani structures inserted into the Yoruba homeland by forces unidentified yet suspected to be highly structured, financed and organized at very high level. These Fulani cells are distributed in groups of at least 15 to 20 complete with women, arms, and other appurtenances of long-term occupation and are now strategically positioned in reserves created by Chief Obafemi Awolowo for Agricultural developments aka Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) now abandoned.

The report suggested options to begin preparations to strengthen the home base, evaluate scope, assess risks, design strategies and craft appropriate tactics to respond to this new security threat. Political leadership especially Governors of the South West States were given this report yet continued in their state of relaxed slumber in insulated dream of safety with security votes safe in their personal accounts in reliable Banks. 

In a statement by Retired Col. Agbede, key leader of this assignment on behalf of the Council: “As Yoruba elders and leaders in our own rights, we owe it a duty to speak up. 


There are 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba Nation. The cells are well organized and they appear to network with each other as the cells may not be known except that there has been increase in their organizational skills.”

When Governors ignored the peoples’ complaints and following consistent Fulani aggression, some communities consulted their age-old Pantheons and took local action.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018- THUNDER AT IJARE- THE SANGO OLUKOSO ACTION

 Within their limited capacity, and without support from the State or Local Governments, some communities tried to defend their territories. Thirty-six cows were reportedly struck dead late one Saturday by thunder bolt on top of a sacred hill at Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. The dreadful hill known as ‘Oke Owa’ was located on the outskirts of the sleepy community. Speaking with reporters, the Olujare of Ijare, who spoke through his second in command, Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare, called it an act of God. The Sapetu said the herdsmen had been destroying their farmland for a very long time which had led to confrontation on many occasions. He told reporters it came as a surprise that the Gods came into the matter so suddenly. His words: ”We were there this morning and we saw about 36 cows dead apart from the one inside the bush. It has happened and there is nothing we can do, we regard it as the act of God which nobody can query.’  The Sapetu said triumphantly. The invaders ran away from Ijare, never to terrorise our community again.


All these were precursors to the establishment of AMOTEKUN, an outfit the Federal Government insisted must not operate without the Police and must never carry weapons. The question left to ask now is: Is AMOTEKUN up to this task? If not, what else? Surely the ijare model may not work universally across the huge landscape of Oduduwa especially against sophisticated weaponry. Or Will the ‘Igboho’ template hold for long? 

Think about it.

 

-FRANCIS OJO

 *Doubting Thomas's now Shamed!
 *But we shall rise and Triumph Willy Nilly



The strategy is fool proof yet every project invites its own risks. The master strategist is a master risk evaluator but these people are not. It is clear that those who conceived this project, designed its key elements and planned its implementation somehow failed to design risk management into the mix. This is my evaluation of the Project design and plans to hand over Nigeria to Fulani Nations of Africa.

To dominate a people, seize their wealth and enslave them, take full control of political power, get all arms under your control, deny all else of access to any form of weapons, take control of major income organs, deny all else of access to funds. Finally move in surreptitiously and take over physical space. This is what has been going on since 2015.


 *PHASE 1

FULANI TAKE OVER ALL 3 ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT


Today, all three arms of Government; Executive, Legislative and Judicial have been appropriated by the Fulani Nation.

President, Chief of Staff, Senate president, Chief Justice of the Federation, Deputy Speaker House of representatives.  It has always been said that he who controls political power controls everything in the Republic. That is what the Fulani have done.


 *PHASE 2

FULANI TAKES OVER ALL ARMS BEARING ORGANS OF SECURITY

Next, they moved to put all arms under Fulani control. Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff, Inspector General of police, Director general of Department of State Security (DSS), National Security Adviser, (NSA), Minister of Defense, Commander of NSCDC, Chairman of NDLEA, all Intelligence services military and civilian. Director NIA, Director Military Intelligence, Director Naval Intelligence, Director Air Force Intelligence, Immigration, Prisons and so on. These are the organs licensed to bear arms. And just like Aristotle observed centuries ago: “Those who have command of the arms in a Country are masters of the State, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please.”


 *PHASE 3

NIGERIANS EXCEPT FULANI HEERDSMEN ORDERED TO SURRENDER ARMS

Still not fully comfortable with the capacity of other Nigerians to offer resistance, in February 2018, Nigeria Police Force which feigned ignorance of the uAK47 bearing Fulani terrorists and would not challenge them suddenly announced, through Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, plans by the Inspector General of Police to order surrender of both licensed and unlicensed guns from the citizens of Nigeria within 21 days. This was targeted at Vigilante groups, Neighborhood watches and people who obtained licensed guns for personal protection. Evidently, the Fulani herdsmen were exempted from this order as they openly and brazenly carried AK47 weapons in full view of the Police unchallenged. Again, that Philosopher, Aristotle saw this before our time:

“Both Oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.”


 *PHASE 4

TAKE OVER ALL FUNDS AND DEPRIVE OTHERS OF ACCESS TO MONEY.

The four highest revenue earners of Government were put in the hands of Fulani Muslims from the North.  NNPC accounts for 76% of federal revenue, 40% of overall gross Domestic Product and 98% of export earnings is put under Mele Kyari, Fulani from Borno. Federal Inland Revenue Service which generated, at a time, 5.3 trillion Naira under Babatunde Fowler, a Yoruba, was taken and handed over to Mohammed Nami in 2019, also Muslim from the North. Government was patient enough for Fowler to introduce the template and blueprint of the successful Lagos tax initiative. In addition, Fowler brought all the Tax payer register, their key information, their business secrets and customers to the Federal umbrella, thinking perhaps he would be there in forever.  The Nigeria Ports Authority whose revenue in 2017 was about 1 trillion Naira and one of the highest 4 is domesticated under a young lady, Hadiza Bala Usman, also Muslim Fulani. The Nigeria Customs Service, yielded a revenue of 1.5 trillion naira was also given to Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, Muslim Fulani. But that is not all. The big spenders are also Fulani controlled: 

Defense, Finance, Education, Justice, FCT, Agriculture, Police Affairs, Aviation, Communication, Power, Water Resources, and Humanitarian Affairs.

Following key federal agencies too: EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, NNPC, PTDF, DPR, PPRA, PEF, NPA, NIMASA, NDIC, SEC, NAICOM, FMBN, FHA, NHIS, NPHDA, UBEC, TETFUND, SMEDAN, NYSC, BOA, DBN, BPE, NTA, NEDC, FERMA, PENCOM, NITDA, NCC, NEMA, FAAN, NAMA, NIMET, NIRSAL, NIMC and Sovereign Wealth Fund.


 *PHASE 5

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: OKADA LOCUSTS FROM THE NORTH

Importation of foreign Fulani into Southern and Middle Belt regions started rather surreptitiously. Thousands of Fulani youth, scrawny looking, scantily clothed invaded most State Capitals of the South and Middle belt, starting from Lagos. They came in trailers, loaded with brand new motorcycles called “Okada.” Some observant people wondered aloud, how they got these shiny brand-new motorbikes, who paid for them, who sent them down South and who received, camped, housed and fed them. They asked “Is this not be part of a grand Boko Haram agenda?” 

Not a few suspected them as injected sleeper cells in our urban areas, ready and programmed to press their weapons into action to cause pandemonium, injure and kill in order to dominate and take over local space. Our Governors went about their activities in politics and stealing without distraction, yet the number of these invading troops kept swelling. 


 *PHASE 6

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: INJECTION INTO FOREST RESERVES

Under the pretext of Cow herding, they started full scale occupation of forest reserves, importing their family from across all Fulani Nations of West Africa, building their signature straw huts all around and constructing their traditional organs of administration. They brought their wives, their children and their armory of AK47 and ammunition. Still Governors grumbled but wanted a second term and so, feigned ignorance. 


GOOD STRATEGY, POOR TACTICS.

Those who conceived and implemented this ‘Take-Over’ strategy failed to take risk management into their project plan. They injected these peasants, equipped them with guns and forgot to sustain them with regular allowances. So, prematurely and before full implementation of mass space occupation, these warriors poured into highways, started to rob passengers for survival before graduating to kidnapping. Now they found this more lucrative than any allowance thus transformed into autonomous agents. They had now acquired enormous power, been introduced to lucrative human trade and become blackmail entrepreneurs. Some with the power of their guns also moved to seize ancestral land and since ‘body no be wood,’ added raping of farmers wives and daughters.


Finally people came alive, started to pay attention and now complained. Abuja ignored them, local Political leaders including Governors and legislators stayed mute, traditional rulers cringed and froze up, but some socio-political leaders raised alarms. 


 The Presidency, finally, through a Yoruba minion, Femi Adesina warned: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are dead, how does the attachment matter?”  He warned farmers to give up their homeland to stay alive. Vanguard of July 15 2018 reported this along with many other newspapers.


TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.

You have to admire Chinua Achebe for his creative metaphors even when you don’t, his sentiments.  Achebe captured our carelessness thus:

“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that is the time to do something about it, not when it is around your neck.”


Well, the water had gone up beyond our neck before some of our leaders woke up to do something, it had gone up to our nostrils. I don’t know where it is now as we appear to be drowning.


OF 1,123 FULANI CELLS INSERTED DEEP INTO YORUBA FORESTS

On May 25 2019, Yoruba Council of Elders sounded a loud, disturbing and chilling beagle to the Yoruba Nation. 1,123 Fulani sleeper cells had been identified by a University of Ife investigation group commissioned sequel to the kidnap of Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe of the University of Ife by Fulani herdsmen. Security fault lines created by organized Fulani structures inserted into the Yoruba homeland by forces unidentified yet suspected to be highly structured, financed and organized at very high level. These Fulani cells are distributed in groups of at least 15 to 20 complete with women, arms, and other appurtenances of long-term occupation and are now strategically positioned in reserves created by Chief Obafemi Awolowo for Agricultural developments aka Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) now abandoned.

The report suggested options to begin preparations to strengthen the home base, evaluate scope, assess risks, design strategies and craft appropriate tactics to respond to this new security threat. Political leadership especially Governors of the South West States were given this report yet continued in their state of relaxed slumber in insulated dream of safety with security votes safe in their personal accounts in reliable Banks. 

In a statement by Retired Col. Agbede, key leader of this assignment on behalf of the Council: “As Yoruba elders and leaders in our own rights, we owe it a duty to speak up. 


There are 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba Nation. The cells are well organized and they appear to network with each other as the cells may not be known except that there has been increase in their organizational skills.”

When Governors ignored the peoples’ complaints and following consistent Fulani aggression, some communities consulted their age-old Pantheons and took local action.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018- THUNDER AT IJARE- THE SANGO OLUKOSO ACTION

 Within their limited capacity, and without support from the State or Local Governments, some communities tried to defend their territories. Thirty-six cows were reportedly struck dead late one Saturday by thunder bolt on top of a sacred hill at Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. The dreadful hill known as ‘Oke Owa’ was located on the outskirts of the sleepy community. Speaking with reporters, the Olujare of Ijare, who spoke through his second in command, Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare, called it an act of God. The Sapetu said the herdsmen had been destroying their farmland for a very long time which had led to confrontation on many occasions. He told reporters it came as a surprise that the Gods came into the matter so suddenly. His words: ”We were there this morning and we saw about 36 cows dead apart from the one inside the bush. It has happened and there is nothing we can do, we regard it as the act of God which nobody can query.’  The Sapetu said triumphantly. The invaders ran away from Ijare, never to terrorise our community again.


All these were precursors to the establishment of AMOTEKUN, an outfit the Federal Government insisted must not operate without the Police and must never carry weapons. The question left to ask now is: Is AMOTEKUN up to this task? If not, what else? Surely the ijare model may not work universally across the huge landscape of Oduduwa especially against sophisticated weaponry. Or Will the ‘Igboho’ template hold for long? 

Think about it.

 

-FRANCIS OJO

Endsars: I spend N15,000 on medication monthly since police beat me up three years ago, petitioner tells panel

Endsars: I spend N15,000 on medication monthly since police beat me up three years ago, petitioner tells panel

...says he suffers a decline in memory, demands N7m compensation



A petitioner, Mr. Elusanmi Kolawole, on Thursday told Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings that he has been spending N15,000 monthly to precure medication as prescribed by his doctor to cure the internal injuries he sustained to police brutality.


Kolawole who claimed to have been defrauded of his car by a police officer, said he was beaten to a pulp before his car was taken away to an unknown destination.


This was even as the petitioner demanded for a sum of N7million compensation to assuage the adverse effects of the incident.


Recall that the petitioner had earlier appeared before the panel on 11th March, 2021, the adjournment date to give credence to his petition.


While being cross-examined by the respondent's counsel on Thursday, Kolawole said he has been suffering memory lapse due to the degrees of injury he sustained from the police assaults.


Narrating how he was allegedly duped by the Police, the petitioner recalled that one Superintendent Ayuba, a police officer serving in Ogun State then bundled him out of his house in Osogbo and tortured him from Osogbo to Ilesa. 


Kolawole who had approached the panel to seek justice, alleged the accused of complicity, fraud and stealing by trick.


According to him, the alleged police officer accused him of buying a stolen vehicle, a claim which he said he refuted when he presented the officers the documents of the car.


"It is unfortunate that I have been turned to what I am today. As you can see, I have been suffering from memory loss due to the incident of police brutality which I was a victim of.


"What actually happened was that I was in my house that fateful day when I saw about five fully-armed police officers who had come to arrest me. I was beaten mercilessly and forced into the vehicle.


"I was hit repeatedly on the head with different harmful weapons they took along and I was taken to Ilesa, the residence of the person that I sold the vehicle to.


"The injuries I sustained particularly on the head have been disturbing me till now to the extent that hardly I remember past occurrences. The ugly incident had caused a lot of damage to the extent that I spent N15,000 every month to buy drugs", he added.


The petitioner admitted that he sold the vehicle to someone in Ilesa after he purchased it from one Mr. Waheed and Tajudeen Hassan.


He said the vehicle was sold because it was not his choice of car, saying, "the car was sold to me at the rate of N220,000, out of which I paid N100,000 to the owner as deposit. When I made a move to return the car, I was asked to look for a buyer after which the person that sold the car to me and myself took it to someone that wanted to buy the car.


"But few weeks later, five police officers came from Mogbon Police Division in Ogun State, along side with the persons that sold the car to me and I was bundled out of the house around 1:00am and took to Ilesa and later to Zone 11 here in Osogbo.


"I was there for few days and later released but the car was taken to Magbon police station in Ogun State where it was allegedly sold to another police officer. All efforts to retrieve the vehicle proved abortive but we later got to know that the car had been sold to a police officer in Ogun State", he added.


Ruling in the case, the chairman of the Panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.) adjourned the case to tomorrow March 26, 2021, for further hearing.


Addressing journalists after the proceedings, the petitioner's counsel, Barrister Bidemi Olumide Odutola, expressed confidence in the ability of the panel to dispense justice.


By: Ismail Omipidan

...says he suffers a decline in memory, demands N7m compensation



A petitioner, Mr. Elusanmi Kolawole, on Thursday told Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings that he has been spending N15,000 monthly to precure medication as prescribed by his doctor to cure the internal injuries he sustained to police brutality.


Kolawole who claimed to have been defrauded of his car by a police officer, said he was beaten to a pulp before his car was taken away to an unknown destination.


This was even as the petitioner demanded for a sum of N7million compensation to assuage the adverse effects of the incident.


Recall that the petitioner had earlier appeared before the panel on 11th March, 2021, the adjournment date to give credence to his petition.


While being cross-examined by the respondent's counsel on Thursday, Kolawole said he has been suffering memory lapse due to the degrees of injury he sustained from the police assaults.


Narrating how he was allegedly duped by the Police, the petitioner recalled that one Superintendent Ayuba, a police officer serving in Ogun State then bundled him out of his house in Osogbo and tortured him from Osogbo to Ilesa. 


Kolawole who had approached the panel to seek justice, alleged the accused of complicity, fraud and stealing by trick.


According to him, the alleged police officer accused him of buying a stolen vehicle, a claim which he said he refuted when he presented the officers the documents of the car.


"It is unfortunate that I have been turned to what I am today. As you can see, I have been suffering from memory loss due to the incident of police brutality which I was a victim of.


"What actually happened was that I was in my house that fateful day when I saw about five fully-armed police officers who had come to arrest me. I was beaten mercilessly and forced into the vehicle.


"I was hit repeatedly on the head with different harmful weapons they took along and I was taken to Ilesa, the residence of the person that I sold the vehicle to.


"The injuries I sustained particularly on the head have been disturbing me till now to the extent that hardly I remember past occurrences. The ugly incident had caused a lot of damage to the extent that I spent N15,000 every month to buy drugs", he added.


The petitioner admitted that he sold the vehicle to someone in Ilesa after he purchased it from one Mr. Waheed and Tajudeen Hassan.


He said the vehicle was sold because it was not his choice of car, saying, "the car was sold to me at the rate of N220,000, out of which I paid N100,000 to the owner as deposit. When I made a move to return the car, I was asked to look for a buyer after which the person that sold the car to me and myself took it to someone that wanted to buy the car.


"But few weeks later, five police officers came from Mogbon Police Division in Ogun State, along side with the persons that sold the car to me and I was bundled out of the house around 1:00am and took to Ilesa and later to Zone 11 here in Osogbo.


"I was there for few days and later released but the car was taken to Magbon police station in Ogun State where it was allegedly sold to another police officer. All efforts to retrieve the vehicle proved abortive but we later got to know that the car had been sold to a police officer in Ogun State", he added.


Ruling in the case, the chairman of the Panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.) adjourned the case to tomorrow March 26, 2021, for further hearing.


Addressing journalists after the proceedings, the petitioner's counsel, Barrister Bidemi Olumide Odutola, expressed confidence in the ability of the panel to dispense justice.


By: Ismail Omipidan

ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: Yoruba Group Plans One Million March Rally Across South-West States

ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: Yoruba Group Plans One Million March Rally Across South-West States

 Ilana Omo Oodua which has been the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups on Tuesday announced plans for a one-million-strong march rally in the south-west states of Nigeria.


The group in a statement encouraged Yoruba indigenes interested in the rally to get the shirts, caps, and flags for the march in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

According to the group in a statement released on monday that the rally, which had been scheduled for wednesday, had been postponed due to the need for saturday consultations with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination group


“ilana omo oodua postpones the one million march of the pro-yoruba nation,” read the statement. The much-anticipated one-million-strong march across yoruba-speaking states has been postponed indefinitel


“the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups within and outside nigeria, ilana omo oduduwa, has declare


“On wednesday, march 24th, a rally will be held in the cities of ikeja, ibadan, akure, ado-ekiti, osogbo, abeokuta, kabba, and offa in lagos, oyo, ondo, akure, ado-ekiti, osun, ogun, kogi, and kwara states to drum up support for the actualization of yoruba nation sovereignt


“We have a meeting with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups slated for saturday, march 27th. after the meeting, we shall announce a new date for the one million march, but it is possible next week. thus, we put all the seats of power in yoruba land on notic


“We have declared our freedom from the failed lugardian amalgamation of 1914. we have also declared our freedom from the fraudulent 1999 constitution of nigeri


The international community, including the united nations (un), european union (eu), african union (au), economic community of west african states (ecowas), and the governments of the united states and the united kingdom have been put on notice.


“The government of nigeria is being challenged legally. we are not going to engage in any illegal or violent act


The group said: "We shall achieve our liberation without shedding blood. we shall deploy our material and intellectual weapons to fight this battle."



Source: DailyTimes

 Ilana Omo Oodua which has been the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups on Tuesday announced plans for a one-million-strong march rally in the south-west states of Nigeria.


The group in a statement encouraged Yoruba indigenes interested in the rally to get the shirts, caps, and flags for the march in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

According to the group in a statement released on monday that the rally, which had been scheduled for wednesday, had been postponed due to the need for saturday consultations with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination group


“ilana omo oodua postpones the one million march of the pro-yoruba nation,” read the statement. The much-anticipated one-million-strong march across yoruba-speaking states has been postponed indefinitel


“the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups within and outside nigeria, ilana omo oduduwa, has declare


“On wednesday, march 24th, a rally will be held in the cities of ikeja, ibadan, akure, ado-ekiti, osogbo, abeokuta, kabba, and offa in lagos, oyo, ondo, akure, ado-ekiti, osun, ogun, kogi, and kwara states to drum up support for the actualization of yoruba nation sovereignt


“We have a meeting with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups slated for saturday, march 27th. after the meeting, we shall announce a new date for the one million march, but it is possible next week. thus, we put all the seats of power in yoruba land on notic


“We have declared our freedom from the failed lugardian amalgamation of 1914. we have also declared our freedom from the fraudulent 1999 constitution of nigeri


The international community, including the united nations (un), european union (eu), african union (au), economic community of west african states (ecowas), and the governments of the united states and the united kingdom have been put on notice.


“The government of nigeria is being challenged legally. we are not going to engage in any illegal or violent act


The group said: "We shall achieve our liberation without shedding blood. we shall deploy our material and intellectual weapons to fight this battle."



Source: DailyTimes

IBARAPA Youths storm Ibadan in Protest against Herdsmen killing, Makinde's criminal silence and unjust stances

IBARAPA Youths storm Ibadan in Protest against Herdsmen killing, Makinde's criminal silence and unjust stances


Today, Ibarapa youths stormed the Oyo State Secretariat to protest the ongoing insecurity, demanding the release of arrested comrades and insisting that open grazing without respect for Yoruba farmers or their lands be forbidden.


They insisted that Oyo state Gov. Seyi Makinde MUST listen to the people. Yoruba people are being slaughtered on his watch and he is arresting the survivors! 

Other demands were clearly written on their banner.


#EnoughIsEnough
#YorubaSecurityGroup 
#YorubaNationSecurity
✊🏾

Today, Ibarapa youths stormed the Oyo State Secretariat to protest the ongoing insecurity, demanding the release of arrested comrades and insisting that open grazing without respect for Yoruba farmers or their lands be forbidden.


They insisted that Oyo state Gov. Seyi Makinde MUST listen to the people. Yoruba people are being slaughtered on his watch and he is arresting the survivors! 

Other demands were clearly written on their banner.


#EnoughIsEnough
#YorubaSecurityGroup 
#YorubaNationSecurity
✊🏾

Insecurity in Yoruba land: Protests imminent in Ibadan over continuous Herdsmen attacks

Insecurity in Yoruba land: Protests imminent in Ibadan over continuous Herdsmen attacks

 


 


AGAINST SECESSION : A TESTAMENT TO YORUBA LEADERS AND PROMOTERS OF ODUDUWA REPUBLIC

AGAINST SECESSION : A TESTAMENT TO YORUBA LEADERS AND PROMOTERS OF ODUDUWA REPUBLIC

 ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: AGAINST SECESSION By Chief Duro Onabule, a Veteran Journalist.



I saw a video clip of a group of young Yoruba elites canvassing the creation of Oduduwa Republic. The spokesman claimed that they are not even interested in restructuring, that it is late in the day, but the outright creation of Oduduwa Republic.


Carrying placards, they insist they are fed up with Nigeria and that Nigeria has been a setback for the Yoruba's because in 1949 when Yorubas had the television, even when France has not have one.


Also, that Yorubas were ahead of Korea in the 1950's, but today, we have been derailed by the Nigeria project.


These are their main arguments, which, as I will soon show, are no arguments at all.


I write to you leaders of Yorubas to warn you to be careful; be extremely careful so that you don't make some fatal errors that will set Yorubas even further aback.


Times have changed and we must address issues within the context of our time or we risk failing in  this endeavour.


Some days ago I had an epiphany of a secession of Yorubas and I am not surprised that some are making underground moves to actualise this end.


However, permit me to share some wisdom for our consideration.


I think it will be a serious mistake at this time for Yorubas to contemplate a secession from Nigeria as the repercussions will be grave, if not incalculable. 


It was Albert Einstein who once said, "condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance." 


I believe we have done the due diligence and proper investigation before embarking on this course of action?

I hope the youths promoting this venture know the implications and consequences of what their actions could bring and spring in their time? 


It is the Yorubas who say that when a child stumbles he looks forward, but when an adult stumbles he looks backward to see the cause.


Let us look backward and also forward to see why Yorubas have been stumbling in Nigeria and examine the cause; we will be surprised who we would see.


The enemy is ourselves.


The enemy of the Yorubas is the Yoruba and secession will not stop the stumbling because it would only take the theatre to a different space.


I must tell you that I am opposed to any form of secession or a unilateral secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria at this point in time. Soon you will know why.


However if other stakeholders agree at a Conference Table that the Nigeria project is no longer workable and there should be mutual separation then that becomes a different thing.


Here are my reasons why I oppose any Oduduwa Republic at this time or any secession from Nigeria.


I shall make this under three specific headings:


1. GENERAL ISSUES


A secession of Yoruba from Nigeria or the creation of an Oduduwa Republic at this time would be wrong for the following reasons:


1. The Yorubas made the largest required investment which made Nigeria possible. If you read the history of nationalism, of Nigerian nationalist struggles and agitations against colonial rule, you will know that the Yorubas made more contributions than any other tribe or group to make Nigeria possible.


Although Chinua Achebe wrongly claimed that the Ibos alone fought for Nigeria's independence in his ill- received, poorly- edited, divisive and tendentious book THERE WAS A COUNTRY, his claim can never stand under proper scrutiny or face authentic history.


The Macaulays, Paynes, Majas, Pearces etc and most of the names known to give trouble to the Europeans to force them into leaving were Yorubas.


Thus it would be wrong to agitate for Nigerian Independence and then turn away from Nigeria.


If it is not working, then make it work.


This is the first argument against secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria.


2. The evils we complain about in Nigeria also exist in Yorubaland and amongst the Yorubas.


The young Yoruba elites who want to take Yoruba out of Nigeria complain of many evils in the nation. True. But these evils too exist among us and Yorubas are not exempted from them.


Remember Soka Hill discovered in Ibadan where human parts were being sold to rich clients for years - its in Yorubaland. Same has been found in several other places in the Southwest.


An Islamic slave labour camp was discovered recently in Ibadan, almost as bad as the ones in the North.


Human "poultries " have been found in Akute, Ogun State, and in Abeokuta etc where teenage girls are kept by super madams to be paired with young men to breed like rabbits and the offsprings sold to rich clients for money.


How about cultism and cultic warfares in Ikorodu, Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta which are regular features of news items?


Most of the evil in Nigeria exists among Yorubas.  Thus leaving Nigeria solves nothing, in fact, it only compounds the problems because its now spread on a smaller area.


3. The question should be asked: Why should we leave Nigeria at this time?


If we are leaving, why are we leaving?


Because of the bad leadership of Buhari and the APC. 


The major reason today causing this agitation was the misrule of the last five years under this government and the promotion of Fulani hegemony over the whole nation.


So I ask, should Yorubas leave because of Buhari?


Really?


Okay. Questions:


Who made Buihari presidency possible?


Who elected Buhari as president of Nigeria?


Not the Ibos. Not the South South.


It was Yoruba votes that brought this disaster of a government upon us, this "one chance" of a government upon this nation.


In 2015 it was so and this error of a government was reinforced again by the Yorubas in 2019 across Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos - where Buhari won.


The Igbos rejected him both in 2015 and 2019.


So if Nigeria is becoming a failed state because of Buhari, Yorubas have a hand in it.


You cannot cause a problem and then run away from the consequences.


Asking for Oduduwa Republic now is like that.


You cannot leave while the house is on fire: your founding fathers asked for Nigeria from the British and you voted Buhari and financed him into office for which you now regret.


Be brave: you cannot leave without first solving the problem you helped birthed into Nigeria.


4. Most of the problems that plagues Nigeria today are caused by all of us including the Yorubas.


Yoruba elites describe Nigeria as a failed state, a rogue state.


In fact it is worse. It is a bandit state, a gargantuan occult republic run by syndicates and gangster collectives.


Read Claude Ake, it is worse.


Yes, that is true. But that is not the whole truth.


The Yorubas too contributed to making Nigeria into the failed state that it is today. It is time the Yorubas tell themselves the truth.


We love to tell others the truth but we should once in a while tell each other.


Sometimes we talk as if Yoruba is perfect, as if there are no evils on our hands.


We accuse Tafawa Balewa of declaring a state of emergency in the West. True.


But would he have done that if we have not given him the cause to do so?


If they had not found a mole amongst the Yorubas?


- Who betrayed Awolowo at the Treason able Felony trial in 1963?


- Who were the prosecution witnesses and the judge that sentenced him "whose hands were tied "?


- Who betrayed Abiola to Abacha telling him all the movements of the man?


- Who traded-off June 12 to form political parties which was later dubbed Alliance for Destruction (apologies to Gani Fawehinmi)?


- Who betrayed Diya to Abacha telling him what he did not say?


- Who defended the mathematical fraud of 12 2/3 = 13 in 1979 to foist that NPN gang, a consortium of robbers on Nigerians?


- Which of the Chief Justices gave the ruling that fair judgment must never be referred to?


- Which military head of state ensured, by all means, that NPN won and told Nigerians before the elections that "the best candidate need not win the election"?


- Who imposed Yar'Adua on the PDP as its candidate in 2007 and rigged him into office as President?


- Who drafted Jonathan, our Dr. "Clueless" from Otuoke, a man whose mindless looting regime preceeded this "one chance" government, under which we are now trapped?


Let every Yoruba son and daughter sincerely ask himself these questions and answer who those people are - whether they are Yorubas or not.


If they are Yorubas, then Yoruba people also contributed heavily to Nigeria's problems.


Do the promoters of Oduduwa Republic know all these?


Are they aware that their own parents and kinsmen are part of those that compounded the problems of Nigeria and made it, in the words of one of the British racist colonist, "a nation where the worst never happens but the best is impossible."


Oh Britain, treacherous Britain, the blood of Nigeria be upon thee!


All the problems we complain about in Nigeria Yoruba have their own share of them and even more than their own share in their formation, fruition, nurturing and development.


Take cultism that has now become the one giant monster searing the soul of Nigeria before the advent of kidnapping and ransom taking.


A Yorubaman brought cultism to the Nigerian Church. Yorubas brought cultism to the judiciary and the legal profession. And need I tell you that 7 young scholars started confraternity in our university, most of whom are of Yoruba extraction and parentage?


That seed has now bludgeoned to cultism that is infesting every campus, teachers and students and our youths today.


Let me stop here. 


My point is Yorubas have a hand in Nigeria's problems. If Nigeria is today a rogue state, a bandit state, we too helped in making it so; just like the Ibos, Hausa-Fulanis etc.


I refuse to blame any tribe for what has happened to Nigeria.


We are all involved and we must all solve the problem together.


Leaving the union is defeatism and a nation is not built on defeatism or frustration.


SPECIFIC STRATEGIC ISSUES


I now address some specific issues of strategy about the proposed Oduduwa Republic for consideration. 


There are lots of fantasy, incoherent inconsistencies, phantasmagoria about a Yoruba nation.


Some people have a hidden agenda which they don't want to tell us. All they do is to couch their demands under the dubious revival of a glorious past in a supposed Yoruba Republic.


We should be careful. 


We talk of the past as if the past is Eldorado.


It is not. We talk of Awo as if he was a perfect saint.


He was not. He was a great man, perhaps one of the greatest from this land but he is not God.


He never saw himself as God, either.


I am old enough to know him and read his campaign speeches.


One of the men now promoting the Oduduwa Republic from the video footage made some interesting statements.


Funny and amusing.


He said Yorubaland had television station before France.


This is not a good argument, even if it were true. I ask you, is television station an achievement?


Was television invented by a Yorubaman or woman?


How much of the history of television do we know?


John Baird who invented it cried when he saw the havoc and the perversion of purpose that his invention was been used for as against its intended purpose.


That is why it is amusing that in 2020 someone would be crediting a  television station as an achievement. I do not see how having a television station in 1949, ahead of France, gives us any cause for bragging.


Congo had printing, as far back as the 18th century, before many European country, due largely to the Catholics who needed it.


Of what use is any technology without the know-how to operate  it?


Can we say Obasanjo and the PDP was a success because GSM telephony occured under their watch or because MTN came during their tenure?


I am also surprised that someone is celebrating the 50-storey cocoa house in Ibadan as an achievement.


It is not an achievement. In fact, it is a bad investment and a huge developmental mistake.


Highrise structures are built where there are constraints of landspace.

We all know this.


Ibadan or Southwest Nig did not have that problem now or in the 1950's when that structure was built.


But these are the list of firsts these Yorubas are touting that they want to recreate the Awo miracle.


This would be a fatal mistake, because none of their proposed leaders is an Awoist or even remotely in the mold of anything resembling the shadow of Awolowo or an Aluko for that matter.


And times have changed!


Again, I present the following for consideration. 


1.  I ask a very pointed question: Would the Yorubas live together, even if they succeed in separating?


A foolish question you would say.


But not so foolish or insolent.


The differences between the Yorubas are there and the cleavages are there.


Because we are currently still within Nigeria, often time we don't see these differences, but they are there.


In the Oduduwa Republic those differences will come to the fore and become magnified.


How then do we address them?


The Aladura Scholar, Prof J.D.Y Peel, noted during his research in Yoruba land in the 1960s, that the differences between the Yoruba sub-tribes, the Ekitis, Ijebus, Egbas, Oyo's etc are as wide as those between the tribes of Nigeria.


In other words, the Ekitis are as different from the Ijebus as the Hausas are to the Ibos. If you have not observed this, you are not very observant.


The white man was right.

Because we are together in Nigeria we don't see this, but now in the Oduduwa Republic they will cone magnified.


How will the Yoruba Republic handle them, because they will not go away.  


Will the Ijebus accept the rulership of the Egbas?


Will Oyos allow the Ijebus to lord it over them and continue with their exploitation given their bitter history?


Will the Ijeshas forget their ancient animosity to the Oyos and what they suffered in their hands or revive them?


Can the stubborn Ekitis allow the equally stubborn Ijeshas to Lord it over them?


Because a wound is covered does not mean it has been healed.


If the Oduduwa Republic becomes a reality you will all see the truth of what I am saying.


All the major wars that have been fought in Yorubaland have been fought amongst the Yorubas themselves.

Not against outsiders.


Osun, the Yoruba god does not destroy strangers, it destroys her own children.


Soon you will see what I am saying.


2.  We often speak of the Old Western Region as if it was perfect. There were injustices based on ethnicity but which we should not reopen for peace sake.


All the projects done by the Action Group govt, how many of them were sited in the Ondo- Ekiti- Ijesha axis?


Yet the cocoa plantations and wealth that made the West came substantially from there.


How many cocoa plantations exist in Ijebu- Egbas axis, yet all the projects were situated or concentrated there.


How just is that?


Read Profem Ayandele's breakdown and judge for yourselves. 


So if there were these imbalances even in those days of yore, how are we so sure that Oduduwa Republic will not be a miniature Nigeria, with more problems but with less resilience to handle them?


The Itshekiris and Delta regions of Warri actually voted to leave the West and have their own region. If they were fairly treated, why did they chose to leave?


The old Ondo and Ekiti equally agitated to have their own state from the West because they saw that they were being exploited by the Ijebus and Egbas in the West.


Will all these agitations suddenly melt away once we have our Oduduwa Republic?


3. We have forgotten that exploitation is in the very nature of men, whether white or black.


There is exploitation amongst Yoruba's too.


Someone is collecting 15% of the entire revenue of a state in the Southwest now.


We all know this and nothing is done about it, yet we are complaining about Nigeria being a failed state.


How are you sure Oduduwa Republic will not be a greater failure? 


In which other part of Nigeria does this happen?


How many states in the southwest pay the minimum wage, even whilst most states in the North does? 


Who is the exploiter of the people, their own people, now?


How many states in the North pay scandalous pensions to their former governors like is done in the southwest?


Which state started this racket?


These are the same people and their children and cronies that will rule the proposed Oduduwa Republic. 


Sadly it will not be the leading minds and top brains in Yorubaland but the dregs and the gang of usurpers that have profited from years of unrestrained looting of the public till.


4. Have you asked yourself where is the industrial base that we will use for take off?


Virtually all the viable banks, industries and conglomerates in the Lagos- Ibadan-Abeokuta axis today are owned by other tribes in Nigeria, certainly not by the Yorubas. Have they thought of this?


Rome did not collapse in one day, it was gradual.


Yorubas are yet to see that they are in big mess, far bigger than they inherited or envisaged, not because of Nigeria, but because of themselves.


5.. In the Oduduwa Republic, which traditional ruler will be supreme?


Will Alaafin accept the supremacy of Ooni or vice versa?


Or will the disputes continue?


6. Ethnicity and Hegemony among the Yorubas is another serious issue.


In the Republic how do we handle the ethnicity and hegemony of the Yorubas.


Perhaps you may not know, I tell you today that there is deep, serious ethnicism amongst Yorubas.


We all speak so loudly about Hausa-Fulani domination and oligarchy that we have forgotten that there is the Egba- Ijebu hegemony over Yoruba affairs.


We used to hammer the Kaduna Mafia, but we forget the Ikenne Mafia.


Consider this - during the 2014 National Conference, 6 slots were allocated to the Yoruba group, Afenifere.


They promptly shared the slots among themselves.


Not a single slot was given to anyone to represent the Yorubas in Kogi and Kwara.


But when they want to negotiate for power, they remember they have their brethren in Kogi and in Kwara and that Yoruba land extends to Jebba and Lokoja.


But when it comes to representation they forget them.


As the Americans say, "taxation without representation is tyranny ".


These are the same men, the same schemes, who are now promoting Oduduwa Republic.


Please think very well, my people in Kogi and Kwara states, so that you don't change one slave master for another.


What about ethnicism among Yorubas?


It exists. Ijebu ethnicism, that sees everyone as strangers except themselves, even in the  church!


Some Yorubas have told me, "Can we also call you Yoruba, those of you from Kwara?"

Not once or twice.


As a lecturer from Yoruba, I know the frustrations and struggles given to me by fellow Yorubas. I have never heard of a Fulani man doubting the legitimacy of another Fulani because he's from a different place.


Neither does the Igbos or Hausa or Ijaws.


Only among the ones who call themselves the children of Oduduwa.


That is why I wait to see how that Republic will work even while these contradictions amongst the Yorubas remain as they are. I wait.


THE REALITY OF WAR


I now come to my last issue and conclusion.


Here I am talking of reality.


What does this agitation sum to in real life?


Getting an Oduduwa Republic means war.


If you don't know, know it now. There cannot be an Oduduwa Republic unless there is secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria; and secession essentially means war, unless two conditions subsist, namely:


- Where the other stakeholders in a nation state agree to go their way, as happened in defunct USSR, or


- Where the secessionist group (in this case, the Yorubas) is the largest and the strongest within the existing union and can therefore bully the others.


The two scenarios above is not likely to happen,so the implications is war. I hope the promoters know this?


So I ask - are the Yorubas of today prepared for a second civil war with Nigeria?


Mind you, Yorubas will be fighting not just the Fulanis or Hausas, but the whole of Nigeria.


Why?


Because Lagos is too strategic to Nigeria, too important to it's economy and its prosperity.


Whoever controls Lagos will not be allowed to leave Nigeria except at the cost of war . 

  

2. Are Yorubas prepared, at this time, to face all the regions at the same time?


Do we have the wherewithal to prosecute a war?


The Hausas will fight you because they have said and boasted long ago that Yorubas are the next tribe they want to deal with. I heard this in 2010, in Zaria, during my research.

You will now play into their hands.


The Ibos will fight you because of the old poison sown into them (over the civil war) that the Yorubas betrayed them, which, although not true, but is nevertheless widely believed as true by most Igbo youths to this day - and this is what matters.


Many Igbos will fight you because you foisted Buhari, whom they rejected and who has been, to be honest to the fact, an unmitigated disaster, upon them.


The Ijaws will not support  you for removing Jonathan from power...


The Fulanis will fight you for opposing their Fulani Republic on the back of Nigerian wealth.


The Middle belt may not fight, but they won't support you for creating misery for them through Buhari..and so on.


I don't know how you will win this battle. I don't see how you can win all these with things as they are.


No, I am not a defeatist, I am just a realist. 


4. Division among the Yorubas. Even when there is unity, success in battle is not assured, how much less when there is division?


Are Yorubas united at this time? I doubt it.


There are Yourba- Islamists who are even opposed to the Amotekun initiative and don't see anything wrong with Buhari, a fellow Muslim.


To them, everything Buhari does is okay, like our rubber-stamp Senate.


Islamists among Yorubas  will oppose and can even be the fifth columns in a war.


There are still politicians who are benefiting from Nigeria who have made investment towards 2023 and want to see their ambitions realised.  And they have their cronies, tools, aides, who control the press, the traditional power of the southwest. These people will not be keen on any Oduduwa Republic. They can subvert it.


So with all these how can you win a war with Nigeria?


5. People who have never seen a war are usually happy and excited about war, but war must be avoided at all costs. Unless it becomes inevitable. 


As a Christian, I am not a pacifist, I am a just-war theorist, in the mold of Augustine and Martin Luther.


I will fight if it comes to that, but not for an Oduduwa Republic that is now being promoted in view of all I have raised here.


No one is driving the Yoruba's from Nigeria, so why leave?


All the evils that's been enumerated above, the Yorubas too, have a hand in them and if Oduduwa Republic is created today they will still manifest those problems.


So why the hassle?


You only know when a war begins, no one knows when it would end.


Think of the Sudan Civil War.


I warn the youths and elites promoting this venture to tread softly.


It is better not to fight than to fight and win. War is evil. Only in cases when it is just- war as conceptualized by Cicero, Augustine etc.


A just war is any war that's fought to stop aggression or remove the cause of evil.


My next article will be on this.


CONCLUSION


  In view of all I have said here I think the time is not right for a secession.


We should promote and canvass another special sovereign national conference where we can have a return to regionalism or even a confederate arrangement that's mutually agreed.


We did not have a civil war in 1993 yet we brought down the military without firing a shot.


That is power.


We don't need a revolution of fighting, that is what brought us here.


What we need is a revolution of perception, to quote David Icke.


Fighting changes nothing. You become what you fight.


Gandhi brought down the British empire in India without firing a shot. That is what we need.


The problem of Nigeria is that we have never really had a government worth its name.


We have no leaders but mascaras, jesters and clowns.


Most of what we blame on Nigeria are actually troubles caused by mis-leadership.


But hatred should not be the reason to exit a nation.


You cannot found a nation on hatred, frustration, mutual antagonism. That is why the Oduduwa Republic promoters should watch it.


Nations are built on ideals, on visions, on values, on ethos, on truths; not on hate, or mutual antagonism or misgivings.


That is what caused APC's problem.


They came together to float a party, not on any ideology but on their hatred of PDP and Jonathan. And now that Jonathan and PDP are no more in sight, they have nothing else to strive for but to deploy the same hatred to one other.


They are totally bereft of what to do with Nigeria.


Look at Ogun State

, Edo State, Ondo etc., they are fighting each other.


Those who so the wind must, of a necessity, reap the whirlwind.


 ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: AGAINST SECESSION By Chief Duro Onabule, a Veteran Journalist.



I saw a video clip of a group of young Yoruba elites canvassing the creation of Oduduwa Republic. The spokesman claimed that they are not even interested in restructuring, that it is late in the day, but the outright creation of Oduduwa Republic.


Carrying placards, they insist they are fed up with Nigeria and that Nigeria has been a setback for the Yoruba's because in 1949 when Yorubas had the television, even when France has not have one.


Also, that Yorubas were ahead of Korea in the 1950's, but today, we have been derailed by the Nigeria project.


These are their main arguments, which, as I will soon show, are no arguments at all.


I write to you leaders of Yorubas to warn you to be careful; be extremely careful so that you don't make some fatal errors that will set Yorubas even further aback.


Times have changed and we must address issues within the context of our time or we risk failing in  this endeavour.


Some days ago I had an epiphany of a secession of Yorubas and I am not surprised that some are making underground moves to actualise this end.


However, permit me to share some wisdom for our consideration.


I think it will be a serious mistake at this time for Yorubas to contemplate a secession from Nigeria as the repercussions will be grave, if not incalculable. 


It was Albert Einstein who once said, "condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance." 


I believe we have done the due diligence and proper investigation before embarking on this course of action?

I hope the youths promoting this venture know the implications and consequences of what their actions could bring and spring in their time? 


It is the Yorubas who say that when a child stumbles he looks forward, but when an adult stumbles he looks backward to see the cause.


Let us look backward and also forward to see why Yorubas have been stumbling in Nigeria and examine the cause; we will be surprised who we would see.


The enemy is ourselves.


The enemy of the Yorubas is the Yoruba and secession will not stop the stumbling because it would only take the theatre to a different space.


I must tell you that I am opposed to any form of secession or a unilateral secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria at this point in time. Soon you will know why.


However if other stakeholders agree at a Conference Table that the Nigeria project is no longer workable and there should be mutual separation then that becomes a different thing.


Here are my reasons why I oppose any Oduduwa Republic at this time or any secession from Nigeria.


I shall make this under three specific headings:


1. GENERAL ISSUES


A secession of Yoruba from Nigeria or the creation of an Oduduwa Republic at this time would be wrong for the following reasons:


1. The Yorubas made the largest required investment which made Nigeria possible. If you read the history of nationalism, of Nigerian nationalist struggles and agitations against colonial rule, you will know that the Yorubas made more contributions than any other tribe or group to make Nigeria possible.


Although Chinua Achebe wrongly claimed that the Ibos alone fought for Nigeria's independence in his ill- received, poorly- edited, divisive and tendentious book THERE WAS A COUNTRY, his claim can never stand under proper scrutiny or face authentic history.


The Macaulays, Paynes, Majas, Pearces etc and most of the names known to give trouble to the Europeans to force them into leaving were Yorubas.


Thus it would be wrong to agitate for Nigerian Independence and then turn away from Nigeria.


If it is not working, then make it work.


This is the first argument against secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria.


2. The evils we complain about in Nigeria also exist in Yorubaland and amongst the Yorubas.


The young Yoruba elites who want to take Yoruba out of Nigeria complain of many evils in the nation. True. But these evils too exist among us and Yorubas are not exempted from them.


Remember Soka Hill discovered in Ibadan where human parts were being sold to rich clients for years - its in Yorubaland. Same has been found in several other places in the Southwest.


An Islamic slave labour camp was discovered recently in Ibadan, almost as bad as the ones in the North.


Human "poultries " have been found in Akute, Ogun State, and in Abeokuta etc where teenage girls are kept by super madams to be paired with young men to breed like rabbits and the offsprings sold to rich clients for money.


How about cultism and cultic warfares in Ikorodu, Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta which are regular features of news items?


Most of the evil in Nigeria exists among Yorubas.  Thus leaving Nigeria solves nothing, in fact, it only compounds the problems because its now spread on a smaller area.


3. The question should be asked: Why should we leave Nigeria at this time?


If we are leaving, why are we leaving?


Because of the bad leadership of Buhari and the APC. 


The major reason today causing this agitation was the misrule of the last five years under this government and the promotion of Fulani hegemony over the whole nation.


So I ask, should Yorubas leave because of Buhari?


Really?


Okay. Questions:


Who made Buihari presidency possible?


Who elected Buhari as president of Nigeria?


Not the Ibos. Not the South South.


It was Yoruba votes that brought this disaster of a government upon us, this "one chance" of a government upon this nation.


In 2015 it was so and this error of a government was reinforced again by the Yorubas in 2019 across Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos - where Buhari won.


The Igbos rejected him both in 2015 and 2019.


So if Nigeria is becoming a failed state because of Buhari, Yorubas have a hand in it.


You cannot cause a problem and then run away from the consequences.


Asking for Oduduwa Republic now is like that.


You cannot leave while the house is on fire: your founding fathers asked for Nigeria from the British and you voted Buhari and financed him into office for which you now regret.


Be brave: you cannot leave without first solving the problem you helped birthed into Nigeria.


4. Most of the problems that plagues Nigeria today are caused by all of us including the Yorubas.


Yoruba elites describe Nigeria as a failed state, a rogue state.


In fact it is worse. It is a bandit state, a gargantuan occult republic run by syndicates and gangster collectives.


Read Claude Ake, it is worse.


Yes, that is true. But that is not the whole truth.


The Yorubas too contributed to making Nigeria into the failed state that it is today. It is time the Yorubas tell themselves the truth.


We love to tell others the truth but we should once in a while tell each other.


Sometimes we talk as if Yoruba is perfect, as if there are no evils on our hands.


We accuse Tafawa Balewa of declaring a state of emergency in the West. True.


But would he have done that if we have not given him the cause to do so?


If they had not found a mole amongst the Yorubas?


- Who betrayed Awolowo at the Treason able Felony trial in 1963?


- Who were the prosecution witnesses and the judge that sentenced him "whose hands were tied "?


- Who betrayed Abiola to Abacha telling him all the movements of the man?


- Who traded-off June 12 to form political parties which was later dubbed Alliance for Destruction (apologies to Gani Fawehinmi)?


- Who betrayed Diya to Abacha telling him what he did not say?


- Who defended the mathematical fraud of 12 2/3 = 13 in 1979 to foist that NPN gang, a consortium of robbers on Nigerians?


- Which of the Chief Justices gave the ruling that fair judgment must never be referred to?


- Which military head of state ensured, by all means, that NPN won and told Nigerians before the elections that "the best candidate need not win the election"?


- Who imposed Yar'Adua on the PDP as its candidate in 2007 and rigged him into office as President?


- Who drafted Jonathan, our Dr. "Clueless" from Otuoke, a man whose mindless looting regime preceeded this "one chance" government, under which we are now trapped?


Let every Yoruba son and daughter sincerely ask himself these questions and answer who those people are - whether they are Yorubas or not.


If they are Yorubas, then Yoruba people also contributed heavily to Nigeria's problems.


Do the promoters of Oduduwa Republic know all these?


Are they aware that their own parents and kinsmen are part of those that compounded the problems of Nigeria and made it, in the words of one of the British racist colonist, "a nation where the worst never happens but the best is impossible."


Oh Britain, treacherous Britain, the blood of Nigeria be upon thee!


All the problems we complain about in Nigeria Yoruba have their own share of them and even more than their own share in their formation, fruition, nurturing and development.


Take cultism that has now become the one giant monster searing the soul of Nigeria before the advent of kidnapping and ransom taking.


A Yorubaman brought cultism to the Nigerian Church. Yorubas brought cultism to the judiciary and the legal profession. And need I tell you that 7 young scholars started confraternity in our university, most of whom are of Yoruba extraction and parentage?


That seed has now bludgeoned to cultism that is infesting every campus, teachers and students and our youths today.


Let me stop here. 


My point is Yorubas have a hand in Nigeria's problems. If Nigeria is today a rogue state, a bandit state, we too helped in making it so; just like the Ibos, Hausa-Fulanis etc.


I refuse to blame any tribe for what has happened to Nigeria.


We are all involved and we must all solve the problem together.


Leaving the union is defeatism and a nation is not built on defeatism or frustration.


SPECIFIC STRATEGIC ISSUES


I now address some specific issues of strategy about the proposed Oduduwa Republic for consideration. 


There are lots of fantasy, incoherent inconsistencies, phantasmagoria about a Yoruba nation.


Some people have a hidden agenda which they don't want to tell us. All they do is to couch their demands under the dubious revival of a glorious past in a supposed Yoruba Republic.


We should be careful. 


We talk of the past as if the past is Eldorado.


It is not. We talk of Awo as if he was a perfect saint.


He was not. He was a great man, perhaps one of the greatest from this land but he is not God.


He never saw himself as God, either.


I am old enough to know him and read his campaign speeches.


One of the men now promoting the Oduduwa Republic from the video footage made some interesting statements.


Funny and amusing.


He said Yorubaland had television station before France.


This is not a good argument, even if it were true. I ask you, is television station an achievement?


Was television invented by a Yorubaman or woman?


How much of the history of television do we know?


John Baird who invented it cried when he saw the havoc and the perversion of purpose that his invention was been used for as against its intended purpose.


That is why it is amusing that in 2020 someone would be crediting a  television station as an achievement. I do not see how having a television station in 1949, ahead of France, gives us any cause for bragging.


Congo had printing, as far back as the 18th century, before many European country, due largely to the Catholics who needed it.


Of what use is any technology without the know-how to operate  it?


Can we say Obasanjo and the PDP was a success because GSM telephony occured under their watch or because MTN came during their tenure?


I am also surprised that someone is celebrating the 50-storey cocoa house in Ibadan as an achievement.


It is not an achievement. In fact, it is a bad investment and a huge developmental mistake.


Highrise structures are built where there are constraints of landspace.

We all know this.


Ibadan or Southwest Nig did not have that problem now or in the 1950's when that structure was built.


But these are the list of firsts these Yorubas are touting that they want to recreate the Awo miracle.


This would be a fatal mistake, because none of their proposed leaders is an Awoist or even remotely in the mold of anything resembling the shadow of Awolowo or an Aluko for that matter.


And times have changed!


Again, I present the following for consideration. 


1.  I ask a very pointed question: Would the Yorubas live together, even if they succeed in separating?


A foolish question you would say.


But not so foolish or insolent.


The differences between the Yorubas are there and the cleavages are there.


Because we are currently still within Nigeria, often time we don't see these differences, but they are there.


In the Oduduwa Republic those differences will come to the fore and become magnified.


How then do we address them?


The Aladura Scholar, Prof J.D.Y Peel, noted during his research in Yoruba land in the 1960s, that the differences between the Yoruba sub-tribes, the Ekitis, Ijebus, Egbas, Oyo's etc are as wide as those between the tribes of Nigeria.


In other words, the Ekitis are as different from the Ijebus as the Hausas are to the Ibos. If you have not observed this, you are not very observant.


The white man was right.

Because we are together in Nigeria we don't see this, but now in the Oduduwa Republic they will cone magnified.


How will the Yoruba Republic handle them, because they will not go away.  


Will the Ijebus accept the rulership of the Egbas?


Will Oyos allow the Ijebus to lord it over them and continue with their exploitation given their bitter history?


Will the Ijeshas forget their ancient animosity to the Oyos and what they suffered in their hands or revive them?


Can the stubborn Ekitis allow the equally stubborn Ijeshas to Lord it over them?


Because a wound is covered does not mean it has been healed.


If the Oduduwa Republic becomes a reality you will all see the truth of what I am saying.


All the major wars that have been fought in Yorubaland have been fought amongst the Yorubas themselves.

Not against outsiders.


Osun, the Yoruba god does not destroy strangers, it destroys her own children.


Soon you will see what I am saying.


2.  We often speak of the Old Western Region as if it was perfect. There were injustices based on ethnicity but which we should not reopen for peace sake.


All the projects done by the Action Group govt, how many of them were sited in the Ondo- Ekiti- Ijesha axis?


Yet the cocoa plantations and wealth that made the West came substantially from there.


How many cocoa plantations exist in Ijebu- Egbas axis, yet all the projects were situated or concentrated there.


How just is that?


Read Profem Ayandele's breakdown and judge for yourselves. 


So if there were these imbalances even in those days of yore, how are we so sure that Oduduwa Republic will not be a miniature Nigeria, with more problems but with less resilience to handle them?


The Itshekiris and Delta regions of Warri actually voted to leave the West and have their own region. If they were fairly treated, why did they chose to leave?


The old Ondo and Ekiti equally agitated to have their own state from the West because they saw that they were being exploited by the Ijebus and Egbas in the West.


Will all these agitations suddenly melt away once we have our Oduduwa Republic?


3. We have forgotten that exploitation is in the very nature of men, whether white or black.


There is exploitation amongst Yoruba's too.


Someone is collecting 15% of the entire revenue of a state in the Southwest now.


We all know this and nothing is done about it, yet we are complaining about Nigeria being a failed state.


How are you sure Oduduwa Republic will not be a greater failure? 


In which other part of Nigeria does this happen?


How many states in the southwest pay the minimum wage, even whilst most states in the North does? 


Who is the exploiter of the people, their own people, now?


How many states in the North pay scandalous pensions to their former governors like is done in the southwest?


Which state started this racket?


These are the same people and their children and cronies that will rule the proposed Oduduwa Republic. 


Sadly it will not be the leading minds and top brains in Yorubaland but the dregs and the gang of usurpers that have profited from years of unrestrained looting of the public till.


4. Have you asked yourself where is the industrial base that we will use for take off?


Virtually all the viable banks, industries and conglomerates in the Lagos- Ibadan-Abeokuta axis today are owned by other tribes in Nigeria, certainly not by the Yorubas. Have they thought of this?


Rome did not collapse in one day, it was gradual.


Yorubas are yet to see that they are in big mess, far bigger than they inherited or envisaged, not because of Nigeria, but because of themselves.


5.. In the Oduduwa Republic, which traditional ruler will be supreme?


Will Alaafin accept the supremacy of Ooni or vice versa?


Or will the disputes continue?


6. Ethnicity and Hegemony among the Yorubas is another serious issue.


In the Republic how do we handle the ethnicity and hegemony of the Yorubas.


Perhaps you may not know, I tell you today that there is deep, serious ethnicism amongst Yorubas.


We all speak so loudly about Hausa-Fulani domination and oligarchy that we have forgotten that there is the Egba- Ijebu hegemony over Yoruba affairs.


We used to hammer the Kaduna Mafia, but we forget the Ikenne Mafia.


Consider this - during the 2014 National Conference, 6 slots were allocated to the Yoruba group, Afenifere.


They promptly shared the slots among themselves.


Not a single slot was given to anyone to represent the Yorubas in Kogi and Kwara.


But when they want to negotiate for power, they remember they have their brethren in Kogi and in Kwara and that Yoruba land extends to Jebba and Lokoja.


But when it comes to representation they forget them.


As the Americans say, "taxation without representation is tyranny ".


These are the same men, the same schemes, who are now promoting Oduduwa Republic.


Please think very well, my people in Kogi and Kwara states, so that you don't change one slave master for another.


What about ethnicism among Yorubas?


It exists. Ijebu ethnicism, that sees everyone as strangers except themselves, even in the  church!


Some Yorubas have told me, "Can we also call you Yoruba, those of you from Kwara?"

Not once or twice.


As a lecturer from Yoruba, I know the frustrations and struggles given to me by fellow Yorubas. I have never heard of a Fulani man doubting the legitimacy of another Fulani because he's from a different place.


Neither does the Igbos or Hausa or Ijaws.


Only among the ones who call themselves the children of Oduduwa.


That is why I wait to see how that Republic will work even while these contradictions amongst the Yorubas remain as they are. I wait.


THE REALITY OF WAR


I now come to my last issue and conclusion.


Here I am talking of reality.


What does this agitation sum to in real life?


Getting an Oduduwa Republic means war.


If you don't know, know it now. There cannot be an Oduduwa Republic unless there is secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria; and secession essentially means war, unless two conditions subsist, namely:


- Where the other stakeholders in a nation state agree to go their way, as happened in defunct USSR, or


- Where the secessionist group (in this case, the Yorubas) is the largest and the strongest within the existing union and can therefore bully the others.


The two scenarios above is not likely to happen,so the implications is war. I hope the promoters know this?


So I ask - are the Yorubas of today prepared for a second civil war with Nigeria?


Mind you, Yorubas will be fighting not just the Fulanis or Hausas, but the whole of Nigeria.


Why?


Because Lagos is too strategic to Nigeria, too important to it's economy and its prosperity.


Whoever controls Lagos will not be allowed to leave Nigeria except at the cost of war . 

  

2. Are Yorubas prepared, at this time, to face all the regions at the same time?


Do we have the wherewithal to prosecute a war?


The Hausas will fight you because they have said and boasted long ago that Yorubas are the next tribe they want to deal with. I heard this in 2010, in Zaria, during my research.

You will now play into their hands.


The Ibos will fight you because of the old poison sown into them (over the civil war) that the Yorubas betrayed them, which, although not true, but is nevertheless widely believed as true by most Igbo youths to this day - and this is what matters.


Many Igbos will fight you because you foisted Buhari, whom they rejected and who has been, to be honest to the fact, an unmitigated disaster, upon them.


The Ijaws will not support  you for removing Jonathan from power...


The Fulanis will fight you for opposing their Fulani Republic on the back of Nigerian wealth.


The Middle belt may not fight, but they won't support you for creating misery for them through Buhari..and so on.


I don't know how you will win this battle. I don't see how you can win all these with things as they are.


No, I am not a defeatist, I am just a realist. 


4. Division among the Yorubas. Even when there is unity, success in battle is not assured, how much less when there is division?


Are Yorubas united at this time? I doubt it.


There are Yourba- Islamists who are even opposed to the Amotekun initiative and don't see anything wrong with Buhari, a fellow Muslim.


To them, everything Buhari does is okay, like our rubber-stamp Senate.


Islamists among Yorubas  will oppose and can even be the fifth columns in a war.


There are still politicians who are benefiting from Nigeria who have made investment towards 2023 and want to see their ambitions realised.  And they have their cronies, tools, aides, who control the press, the traditional power of the southwest. These people will not be keen on any Oduduwa Republic. They can subvert it.


So with all these how can you win a war with Nigeria?


5. People who have never seen a war are usually happy and excited about war, but war must be avoided at all costs. Unless it becomes inevitable. 


As a Christian, I am not a pacifist, I am a just-war theorist, in the mold of Augustine and Martin Luther.


I will fight if it comes to that, but not for an Oduduwa Republic that is now being promoted in view of all I have raised here.


No one is driving the Yoruba's from Nigeria, so why leave?


All the evils that's been enumerated above, the Yorubas too, have a hand in them and if Oduduwa Republic is created today they will still manifest those problems.


So why the hassle?


You only know when a war begins, no one knows when it would end.


Think of the Sudan Civil War.


I warn the youths and elites promoting this venture to tread softly.


It is better not to fight than to fight and win. War is evil. Only in cases when it is just- war as conceptualized by Cicero, Augustine etc.


A just war is any war that's fought to stop aggression or remove the cause of evil.


My next article will be on this.


CONCLUSION


  In view of all I have said here I think the time is not right for a secession.


We should promote and canvass another special sovereign national conference where we can have a return to regionalism or even a confederate arrangement that's mutually agreed.


We did not have a civil war in 1993 yet we brought down the military without firing a shot.


That is power.


We don't need a revolution of fighting, that is what brought us here.


What we need is a revolution of perception, to quote David Icke.


Fighting changes nothing. You become what you fight.


Gandhi brought down the British empire in India without firing a shot. That is what we need.


The problem of Nigeria is that we have never really had a government worth its name.


We have no leaders but mascaras, jesters and clowns.


Most of what we blame on Nigeria are actually troubles caused by mis-leadership.


But hatred should not be the reason to exit a nation.


You cannot found a nation on hatred, frustration, mutual antagonism. That is why the Oduduwa Republic promoters should watch it.


Nations are built on ideals, on visions, on values, on ethos, on truths; not on hate, or mutual antagonism or misgivings.


That is what caused APC's problem.


They came together to float a party, not on any ideology but on their hatred of PDP and Jonathan. And now that Jonathan and PDP are no more in sight, they have nothing else to strive for but to deploy the same hatred to one other.


They are totally bereft of what to do with Nigeria.


Look at Ogun State

, Edo State, Ondo etc., they are fighting each other.


Those who so the wind must, of a necessity, reap the whirlwind.


CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE, UNION DISPUTE AND THE EXPIRATION OF THE 90-DAY NOTICE OF GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES: NEXT-STEPS FOR TRAPPED ETHNIC NATIONS OF NIGERIA

CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE, UNION DISPUTE AND THE EXPIRATION OF THE 90-DAY NOTICE OF GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES: NEXT-STEPS FOR TRAPPED ETHNIC NATIONS OF NIGERIA


(Being the Text of the World Press Conference by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), Delivered by Prof Banji Akintoye at the Expiration of the 90-Day Notice of Grave Constitutional Grievances Issued by NINAS to the Federal Government of Nigeria, December 16, 2020).PROTOCOLS.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

 

1) As the Distressed Federation of Nigeria continues to wobble through what seems its Terminal Throes, it will be recalled that the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), aggregating the Indigenous Nations and Peoples of Southern and Middle- Belt of Nigeria, who have found themselves at the receiving end of a most vicious Ethnic Cleansing Onslaught by Heavily- Armed Invading Fulani Militia, masquerading as “Herdsmen”, Formally Declared a UNION DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by the Federal Government of Nigeria via the CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE Proclamation of December 16, 2020 in which it made a Five- Point Demand upon the Federal Government of Nigeria, to Formally commence the Remediation of the Grave Constitutional Grievances enumerated in the said Proclamation, within a Period of 90 Days beginning from the midnight of December 16, 2020.

  2) The full text of the December 16 Proclamation was published unedited as an Advertorial in the January 20, 2021 Edition of the Guardian Newspaper at pages 38, 39, 40 and 41. Hard Copies of the Proclamation were also dispatched to the President of Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the President of Nigeria’s Senate, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies, the

 UN, EU and AU Missions in Nigeria, the Ambassadors of the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, and Japan to Nigeria; the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and Australia to Nigeria, ECOWAS Secretariat and a other Stakeholder Institutions.

(3) We Report to you now that at the expiration of the 90-Day Period Notice by the midnight of March 16, 2021, no Formal Contact was made


 with NINAS by the Federal Government of Nigeria and so we are gathered here today March 17, 2021 to Inform our People as well as the International Community, what our Next-Steps will be in our resolve to extricate ourselves from the Death-Trap and Bondage Unitary Nigeria has become for our Various Peoples.


(4) In refusing to step forward to the table of Dialogue and in the Characteristic Arrogant Disposition of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we wish to call your attention to several knee-jerk, patch-work and bad- faith options the Federal Government of Nigeria chose to pursue in the desperation to once again evade the Sovereignty Question it had been evading since 1967, instead of embracing the Comprehensive Framework Tabled by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-

Determination, NINAS via the December 16, 2020 Proclamation. In this regard, we note the Emergency Conference anchored by Channels Television and tagged “Pulling Nigeria Back from the Brink” featuring Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State (who Chaired the APC Restructuring Committee); Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State who is Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator and Senate Minority Leader.


In their various Presentations at that Conference, they spoke of the Urgency of the Nigerian Situation; they alluded to many of the Grave Constitutional Grievances raised by the NINAS Proclamation but without any direct mention of NINAS or the December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation. In what seemed like an unprecedented Bi- Partisan Consensus and Legislative -Executive Cooperation, they all agreed that immediate Remediation Steps need to be taken forthwith including the return of Niger Delta’s Oil & Gas Assets to its owners, the Decentralization of Policing to allow State and Local Government Police but most curiously, they proposed Urgent Amendments to the 1999Constitution and the Invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity by the National Assembly to commence the Remediation Processes. NINAS interprets this attempt to railroad the Resolution of the Grave Constitutional Grievances to the National Assembly as a clear-minded evasion of the Fundamental Sovereignty Question relating to the Deep Distortions in Our Union Agreement (Constitution) which must now be engaged by the Constituent Components of Nigeria whose Sovereignties are Currently Hijacked and Confiscated by the Nigerian State via the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution. This Interpretation stems from the fact that the National Assembly which itself, is a Product of that Constitution, had a few months ago, acknowledged that it has no Constitution-Making Powers as that Power vests Exclusively in the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria as an Incident of their Sovereignty. It indeed amounts to Treason for the National Assembly or the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to continue to usurp the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Nigeria confiscated by the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution which is already repudiated and rejected by the Peoples of Nigeria especially in the Alliance Territories as represented by NINAS. NINAS also see external collaboration to this Treasonous Conduct of the National Assembly when Groups of individualscraft and Present to the National Assembly, Proposals inviting the National Assembly to embark on the exercise of Writing or Re-Writing the Constitution of Nigeria via Amendments, without the Constituent Component Nationalities first Addressing Sovereignty Dispute. Those external collaborators also talk about inserting a “National Referendum” Provision in the 1999 Constitution at a time the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria are Clamouring for Regional Referendums to Determine their Sovereignty. Some talk about Resuscitating the 1963 Constitution (i.e. Constitution-Writing) as the way to go. This also amounts to evading the Sovereignty Discussion. NINAS Unequivocally rejects these Propositions insofar as they would operate to commandeer and railroad our Hijacked Collective Sovereignty to the National Assembly.


There was also a recent suggestion by Nigeria’s Senate President, Lawan, that the assignment of Constitutional roles to Traditional Rulers in Nigeria will solve the broken down Security of Nigeria. These are all parts of begging the Question. We have to ask Mr Senate President why have State Governors who have Constitutional Roles, not resolved the Security Nightmares of Nigeria or even of their States.


In all, it is clear to NINAS that the both Federal Government of Nigeria and the National Assembly of Nigeria, are fully aware of the Grave

Constitutional Grievances of the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria, but are unwilling to address the Grievances, thereby inviting upon us all, a dangerous regime of Self-Help, especially against the Hydra- headed Monster of Gross Insecurity running wild all over Nigeria wearing at various times, the Garment of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Miyetti Allah or Bandits.


(5) For the benefit of those who may not have read the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation and for the purpose of putting a contextual backdrop to the Post-Notice Action Outlines that we shall be spelling out today, permit me to Read in Full, the Five Demands of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, along with the Paragraphs immediately preceding the Demands and the one immediately after it (ie the Closing Paragraph) so that we can better understand the reasoning behind the extraordinary measure of Constitutional Force Majeure as well as the Implications for the Distressed Nigerian Union and various Stakeholders including Government, Political Parties and International Interests, and I quote: “ACCORDINGLY, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING Accredited Representatives of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria’s Southern and Middle-Belt Territories, hereinafter called “the Alliance Territories”, (Constituting over 75% of the Population of Nigeria), on behalf of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, and in Invocation of the Universal Rights appurtenant to our Sovereignties as Indigenous Peoples of the Distressed Nigerian Federation, including the Right To Self-Determination as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 as well as the United Nations Charter On Human Rights; HAVING exhausted every Democratic, People-Driven Process in seeking an orderly redress for the aforementioned Grave Constitutional Grievances emanating from the Unilateral Imposition of a Unitary Constitutional Order on our supposed Federal Union by a Section of Nigeria that has also Imposed Sharia in their own Part of our supposed Secular Union; AND NOW in circumstances that have become an extraordinary emergency for our Peoples, being confronted by the Clear and Present danger of Extermination in the hands of our supposed Compatriots in the of Nigeria who are Pursuing an Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria HEREBY DECLARE A SOVEREIGNTY DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by Federal Government of Nigeria, on account of our Repudiation and Rejection of the Imposed 1999Constitution of Nigeria whose authorship was Fraudulently imputed to us by the Preamble to that Constitution in its False Claim that “We the People”, Made, Enacted and Gave To Ourselves the said 1999 Constitution, with a further lie in that same Preamble, that we had Firmly and Solemnly Resolved to submit Our Peoples and Our Lands into the Union of Nigeria. FURTHERMORE, IN INVOCATION OF OUR LONG-SUPPRESSED COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTIES WE HEREBY PROCLAIM A CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE effective from the Midnight of the 16th Day of December 2020, with a 90-Day NOTICE to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the Security Council of the United Nations, the Government of the United States of America, the European Union as well as the International Community, of the Intention of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories to reconsider our Continued Allegiance to the Disputed 1999 Constitution as well as the Unitary Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness it foists on us.

 FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TO AVOID ANARCHY, IT IS OUR DEMAND THAT IN THE 90-DAY PERIOD OF THIS NOTICE, THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO FIRMLY SET IN MOTION, AN IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS BY WHICH THE AFOREMENTIONED GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES WOULD BE ADDRESSED:

(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 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 as well as the Time-frame for the Transitioning and other Ancillary Matters.


(E) 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.


BY THIS PROCLAMATION, Let it be known to ALL, including International Money Lenders, that Nigeria is now a Disputed Project and that while the Constituent Components commit to honouring existing International Debt Obligations, WE CAUTION that whatever Obligations that may arise from any Foreign Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria from the date of this Proclamation may come into controversy. Similarly, all Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria, containing any

Clause that may Cede the Sovereignty of Nigeria or any part thereof in the event of Repayment Default shall be disputed as illicit, and in breach of the Sovereignty of the Federating Units.


We also invite Politicians from the Alliance Territories and all Political Parties Operating in the Alliance Territories, to TAKE NOTICE, that the 1999 Constitution by which the winner of any National Elections in Nigeria will Swear, and Govern, is the very Object of the Sovereignty Dispute We Have just Proclaimed, with a Demand that Further National Elections premised upon that Repudiated Constitution, be Deferred Forthwith, for the purpose of first Reworking the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. It is therefore our Expectation that you will stand with the People you Claim or Seek to Serve as Politicians or Political Parties in their current resolve to Wind up the Operation of the 1999 Constitution and Extinguish the source of their Misery. If instead of standing with your People, you choose to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 under that Constitution, it will simply mean that you are a part of the enemy-imposed Mechanism for Inflicting Death, Misery and Impoverishment upon your own People, for no other reason than Personal Gain.


The Signatories to this Proclamation commit themselves to providing a Detailed Proposition for Undertaking this Fundamental Reconfiguration of

 the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. In this regard, the Signatories Adopt and Incorporate the MNN Alliance’s November 16, 2018OPEN MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE RESTRCTURING DEBATE, reported by Guardian of Nov 18, 2018, as an outline of our Prescriptions in this Proclamation.  ​​​


ISSUED THIS 16thDAY OF December 2020” end of quote.


(6) Before I proceed with the Next-Steps, permit me to make a few clarifications about the Nature and Substance of the Sovereignty Dispute we Declared and about the Exact Remediation Propositions we made:

(i) The Constitutional Force Majeure is a carefully Designed Decisive Action Process that will continue until it achieves its Twin Objectives of Peacefully Easing out the Imposed Fraudulent 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Orderly Emergence of Successor-Constitutional Protocols, in keeping with the Self-Determination Rights of the Constituent Component Ethnic Nations of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria. It is therefore not a one day Armageddon in which the roof of heaven will fall upon the earth as being Speculated by some commentators, whether out of ignorance or mischief.

(ii) The 90-Day Period of Notice was for the Federal Government to Fully Consider the Grievances Raised and to Bring Itself to the Table of Dialogue set up by the Aggrieved Constituent Components of Nigeria. In that Period, NINAS persuaded the Peoples of the Alliance Blocs to refrain from any acts that might aggravate the volatile situation of Nigeria even in the face of severe provocations such as when amidst much killings across the Nigeria, the Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammed, recklessly Declared that the Murderous Fulani Herdsmen rampaging everywhere in Nigeria, had the right to be in every part of Nigeria they choose and to carry AK-47 Automatic Riffles.

This means that after the 90- Day Period of Notice, the Peoples of Nigeria as aggregated in the Alliance, will Proceed with various Processes towards achieving the Objectives of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, namely,the easing out of the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution and the Distillation of Successor-Constitutional0Protocols.


(iii) The Next Line of Action expressly indicated by NINAS in its Proclamation is that of Reconsideration of its Continued Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution. It is important to state here that the exact Processes by which this Reconsideration will be enacted shall be communicated to the Public in Measured Steps as the days progress and so NINAS hereby invites all Stakeholders to be on the Lookout for Directions, every care being taken to avoid Anarchy or any kind of Breakdown of Order.


(iv) Building upon the Formal Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution by the Constituent Components of Nigeria including by Solemn Assemblies over the last 20 Years, the Joint Proclamation of December 16, 2020 by NINAS was to Serve NOTICE of the Impending Formal Withdrawal of the


Contrived Consent (Forged Signature) of the Peoples of Nigeria by which the 1999 Constitution is being sustained and validated as Basis of the Nigerian Union and it’s Governance.


The Press Conference of today is to commence the retirement process of the 1999 Constitution in a manner that restores the Hijacked Sovereignties of the Constituent Components of Nigeria from which they may freely enterinto Fresh Protocols, all through a Transitioning Process that retains Existing Governance Structures throughout the Transitioning Period as South Africa did to ease itself out of the Apartheid Constitutional Order.

(7) NOW TO THE NEXT-STEPS:


(i) After Due Consultations with Stakeholders; Bearing in mind that the Five-Point Demand Contained in the December 16, 2020 Proclamation was addressed to Federal Government of Nigeria, and Considering the fact that in the event that matters progress to the Reconsideration of Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution, Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territories who will be directly impacted, may be caught in the Middle of a Dispute to which they have not been made parties, NINAS therefore deems it appropriate and necessary to first bring in such persons that may be so impacted, into the Dispute before further steps. ACCORDINGLY, NINAS Hereby Invites All Elected Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territory for Consultations with Stakeholders in their Respective Home Regions within a Period of 30 Days Commencing from the Midnight of March 17, 2021. Appropriate Communications Channels shall be used to Formally extend the Invitations to affected persons and such details as Modalities, Dates, Time, and Venue shall be Communicated along with the Invitations.


(ii) In the aforementioned 30-Day Period of Consultations, NINAS enjoins the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, particularly the younger Generation, home and abroad, whose Future have been badly compromised by the Nigerian State, to intensify the enlightenment about the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation amongst the Populace, with a view to mobilizing the Local Populace towards the inevitable engagement with Political Parties and Political Merchants from their Localities, who for humongous personal gains, cling tenaciously to the 1999 Constitution, and even planning to partake in further National Elections in 2023 under that Constitution at a time when the People they claim to Lead and Represent are struggling to ease out the same 1999 Constitution from which all their miseries flow, (including Killings, Gross Insecurity and Mass Impoverishment) and which make them Slaves In their Homeland. The Political Parties must now be persuaded to Close Shop forthwith, albeit Temporarily, until the Constitution(s) by which the Winners of any future Elections (especially 2023) will Govern, since all Political Parties in Nigeria  operate under the 1999 Constitution and the winners of any Elections must Swear to, and Govern by the 1999 Constitution.


This 30-Day Period of Consultations offers the Federal Government of Nigeria a fresh window of opportunity, beyond the 90 Days Period of Notice that expired March 16, 2021, to bring itself to the table of Dialogue set up by the Constituent Components of Nigeria, by way of the December 16, 2020 NINAS Proclamation.


Being all agreed that no progress is possible for the Peoples of Nigeria under the 1999 Unitary Constitution, we cannot be Proclaiming Restructuring, Resource Control, Rule of Law Security, EndSARS, End Corruption, or even Good Governance and still be warming up to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 that will renew the life of the 1999 Constitution which Guarantees Unitarism, Resource Hijack, Impunity, Insecurity, SARS Killings, Corruption, and Bad Governance.


We must now get honest with ourselves and Turn off the Tap from which these evils flow without further delay. The 1999 Constitution is that Tap.

In Closing Let it be Clearly Understood that in the Face of the Demise of the 1999 Constitution and the rapid progression towards self-help across Nigeria by People who find themselves under the invasion by Murderous, Heavily armed Fulani Militia masquerading as Herdsmen while the Security Agents look the other way, it is only a matter of time for the bloody altercations that are currently building up to explode into the Violent Disintegration of Nigeria with Catastrophic Consequences.


Let it also be understood that the Propositions of the December 16, 2020Proclamation by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self- Determination NINAS, offers Nigeria, Nigerians and the Concerned International Community, the Most Viable, Most Comprehensive and Most Peaceful Framework for Undertaking the Inevitable Fundamental Reconfiguration of the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria.


As we may all recall, the situation of Nigeria compelled the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Nigeria, Agnes Callamard in a September 2019 visitation, to describe the Constitutioal arrangements of Nigeria as “a Pressure Cooker for Injustice”, in circumstances that pose a Threat to Global

Security in the event that Nigeria snaps, since the most notorious Global Terror Networks including ISIS and Al-Quaeda are already converging in the large swathes of UNGOVERNED spaces Nigeria offers and with frightening prospects of an unprecedented Refugee Crisis for the World should Nigeria come undone. As we sit here today, we are already seeing the beginnings of the flood of Nigerian refugees into the rest of West Africa particularly the Yoruba who are now taking refuge in Benin Republic. 


Now that Sheik Ahmad Gumi has helped us piece together the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle regarding who the Terrorists tormenting Nigeria are, where they are, what their Motives are, what the Nigerian Government and Security Agencies know, and the Ethnoreligious fissures within the Terror Battlefields, NINAS is confident that the illusions of many regarding the Monster we are up against, will be dispersed and more indigenous Nigerians will step forth to embrace the efforts that NINAS has initiated. 


Those who insist on Governing Nigeria with the Imposed, Fraudulent and Unworkable 1999 Constitution as well as those who still aspire to contest further National Elections under that Constitution should know they are the ones pushing Nigeria towards a Violent Disintegration but the Ethnic Nations Currently Trapped in the Failed Lugardian Experiment of 1914 will do everything Legitimate under appropriate International Instruments to extricate them from the Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness that Nigeria has become for them. NINAS urge our Various Peoples across the Alliance Territories to remain calm and confident as measured steps are being taken towards ending our Bondage.


For the avoidance of doubt, the NINAS proclamation of constitutional dispute on December 16th 2020 terminated the life of the fraudulent 1999 constitution of Nigeria and therefore restored our sovereignty that was confiscated by that constitution. What we are doing today is to outline the processes and modality for the necessary and orderly transition to our full self-determination and sovereignty in the World therefore we hereby call on the peoples of our alliance territory to rise to the challenge of shaking off the shackles and manacles hitherto imposed on them by the defunct 1999 constitution.


The task before our peoples are as follows:


1.​To distill and perfect the documents of their sovereignty namely Map of their Territory and draft constitutions or charters of relationships for multi-ethnic blocks.


2.​To embark upon and intensify their effort towards UN-Mandated referendums and plebiscites.


3.​In the face of the demise of the 1999 constitution which had been impediment to the control and management of their territories and resources (Particularly the 68-item exclusive list), the Governors of the State in the Alliance Territory are hereby advised to, in the interim, work as there state assemblies to make necessary Legislative and regulatory arrangement for the effective control and security of their respective territories as a part of the transitioning process to the new order which has been commenced today.


4.​As a part of the overall management of transition process we call on our people to co-operate with our State Governors for the maintenance of Law, Order, Peace and good Governance.


Thank you for your attention.


PROFESSOR (SENATOR ) BANJI AKINTOYE, CHARIMAN, NINAS


March 17, 2021.


(Being the Text of the World Press Conference by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), Delivered by Prof Banji Akintoye at the Expiration of the 90-Day Notice of Grave Constitutional Grievances Issued by NINAS to the Federal Government of Nigeria, December 16, 2020).PROTOCOLS.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

 

1) As the Distressed Federation of Nigeria continues to wobble through what seems its Terminal Throes, it will be recalled that the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), aggregating the Indigenous Nations and Peoples of Southern and Middle- Belt of Nigeria, who have found themselves at the receiving end of a most vicious Ethnic Cleansing Onslaught by Heavily- Armed Invading Fulani Militia, masquerading as “Herdsmen”, Formally Declared a UNION DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by the Federal Government of Nigeria via the CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE Proclamation of December 16, 2020 in which it made a Five- Point Demand upon the Federal Government of Nigeria, to Formally commence the Remediation of the Grave Constitutional Grievances enumerated in the said Proclamation, within a Period of 90 Days beginning from the midnight of December 16, 2020.

  2) The full text of the December 16 Proclamation was published unedited as an Advertorial in the January 20, 2021 Edition of the Guardian Newspaper at pages 38, 39, 40 and 41. Hard Copies of the Proclamation were also dispatched to the President of Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the President of Nigeria’s Senate, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies, the

 UN, EU and AU Missions in Nigeria, the Ambassadors of the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, and Japan to Nigeria; the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and Australia to Nigeria, ECOWAS Secretariat and a other Stakeholder Institutions.

(3) We Report to you now that at the expiration of the 90-Day Period Notice by the midnight of March 16, 2021, no Formal Contact was made


 with NINAS by the Federal Government of Nigeria and so we are gathered here today March 17, 2021 to Inform our People as well as the International Community, what our Next-Steps will be in our resolve to extricate ourselves from the Death-Trap and Bondage Unitary Nigeria has become for our Various Peoples.


(4) In refusing to step forward to the table of Dialogue and in the Characteristic Arrogant Disposition of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we wish to call your attention to several knee-jerk, patch-work and bad- faith options the Federal Government of Nigeria chose to pursue in the desperation to once again evade the Sovereignty Question it had been evading since 1967, instead of embracing the Comprehensive Framework Tabled by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-

Determination, NINAS via the December 16, 2020 Proclamation. In this regard, we note the Emergency Conference anchored by Channels Television and tagged “Pulling Nigeria Back from the Brink” featuring Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State (who Chaired the APC Restructuring Committee); Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State who is Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator and Senate Minority Leader.


In their various Presentations at that Conference, they spoke of the Urgency of the Nigerian Situation; they alluded to many of the Grave Constitutional Grievances raised by the NINAS Proclamation but without any direct mention of NINAS or the December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation. In what seemed like an unprecedented Bi- Partisan Consensus and Legislative -Executive Cooperation, they all agreed that immediate Remediation Steps need to be taken forthwith including the return of Niger Delta’s Oil & Gas Assets to its owners, the Decentralization of Policing to allow State and Local Government Police but most curiously, they proposed Urgent Amendments to the 1999Constitution and the Invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity by the National Assembly to commence the Remediation Processes. NINAS interprets this attempt to railroad the Resolution of the Grave Constitutional Grievances to the National Assembly as a clear-minded evasion of the Fundamental Sovereignty Question relating to the Deep Distortions in Our Union Agreement (Constitution) which must now be engaged by the Constituent Components of Nigeria whose Sovereignties are Currently Hijacked and Confiscated by the Nigerian State via the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution. This Interpretation stems from the fact that the National Assembly which itself, is a Product of that Constitution, had a few months ago, acknowledged that it has no Constitution-Making Powers as that Power vests Exclusively in the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria as an Incident of their Sovereignty. It indeed amounts to Treason for the National Assembly or the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to continue to usurp the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Nigeria confiscated by the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution which is already repudiated and rejected by the Peoples of Nigeria especially in the Alliance Territories as represented by NINAS. NINAS also see external collaboration to this Treasonous Conduct of the National Assembly when Groups of individualscraft and Present to the National Assembly, Proposals inviting the National Assembly to embark on the exercise of Writing or Re-Writing the Constitution of Nigeria via Amendments, without the Constituent Component Nationalities first Addressing Sovereignty Dispute. Those external collaborators also talk about inserting a “National Referendum” Provision in the 1999 Constitution at a time the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria are Clamouring for Regional Referendums to Determine their Sovereignty. Some talk about Resuscitating the 1963 Constitution (i.e. Constitution-Writing) as the way to go. This also amounts to evading the Sovereignty Discussion. NINAS Unequivocally rejects these Propositions insofar as they would operate to commandeer and railroad our Hijacked Collective Sovereignty to the National Assembly.


There was also a recent suggestion by Nigeria’s Senate President, Lawan, that the assignment of Constitutional roles to Traditional Rulers in Nigeria will solve the broken down Security of Nigeria. These are all parts of begging the Question. We have to ask Mr Senate President why have State Governors who have Constitutional Roles, not resolved the Security Nightmares of Nigeria or even of their States.


In all, it is clear to NINAS that the both Federal Government of Nigeria and the National Assembly of Nigeria, are fully aware of the Grave

Constitutional Grievances of the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria, but are unwilling to address the Grievances, thereby inviting upon us all, a dangerous regime of Self-Help, especially against the Hydra- headed Monster of Gross Insecurity running wild all over Nigeria wearing at various times, the Garment of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Miyetti Allah or Bandits.


(5) For the benefit of those who may not have read the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation and for the purpose of putting a contextual backdrop to the Post-Notice Action Outlines that we shall be spelling out today, permit me to Read in Full, the Five Demands of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, along with the Paragraphs immediately preceding the Demands and the one immediately after it (ie the Closing Paragraph) so that we can better understand the reasoning behind the extraordinary measure of Constitutional Force Majeure as well as the Implications for the Distressed Nigerian Union and various Stakeholders including Government, Political Parties and International Interests, and I quote: “ACCORDINGLY, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING Accredited Representatives of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria’s Southern and Middle-Belt Territories, hereinafter called “the Alliance Territories”, (Constituting over 75% of the Population of Nigeria), on behalf of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, and in Invocation of the Universal Rights appurtenant to our Sovereignties as Indigenous Peoples of the Distressed Nigerian Federation, including the Right To Self-Determination as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 as well as the United Nations Charter On Human Rights; HAVING exhausted every Democratic, People-Driven Process in seeking an orderly redress for the aforementioned Grave Constitutional Grievances emanating from the Unilateral Imposition of a Unitary Constitutional Order on our supposed Federal Union by a Section of Nigeria that has also Imposed Sharia in their own Part of our supposed Secular Union; AND NOW in circumstances that have become an extraordinary emergency for our Peoples, being confronted by the Clear and Present danger of Extermination in the hands of our supposed Compatriots in the of Nigeria who are Pursuing an Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria HEREBY DECLARE A SOVEREIGNTY DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by Federal Government of Nigeria, on account of our Repudiation and Rejection of the Imposed 1999Constitution of Nigeria whose authorship was Fraudulently imputed to us by the Preamble to that Constitution in its False Claim that “We the People”, Made, Enacted and Gave To Ourselves the said 1999 Constitution, with a further lie in that same Preamble, that we had Firmly and Solemnly Resolved to submit Our Peoples and Our Lands into the Union of Nigeria. FURTHERMORE, IN INVOCATION OF OUR LONG-SUPPRESSED COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTIES WE HEREBY PROCLAIM A CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE effective from the Midnight of the 16th Day of December 2020, with a 90-Day NOTICE to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the Security Council of the United Nations, the Government of the United States of America, the European Union as well as the International Community, of the Intention of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories to reconsider our Continued Allegiance to the Disputed 1999 Constitution as well as the Unitary Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness it foists on us.

 FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TO AVOID ANARCHY, IT IS OUR DEMAND THAT IN THE 90-DAY PERIOD OF THIS NOTICE, THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO FIRMLY SET IN MOTION, AN IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS BY WHICH THE AFOREMENTIONED GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES WOULD BE ADDRESSED:

(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 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 as well as the Time-frame for the Transitioning and other Ancillary Matters.


(E) 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.


BY THIS PROCLAMATION, Let it be known to ALL, including International Money Lenders, that Nigeria is now a Disputed Project and that while the Constituent Components commit to honouring existing International Debt Obligations, WE CAUTION that whatever Obligations that may arise from any Foreign Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria from the date of this Proclamation may come into controversy. Similarly, all Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria, containing any

Clause that may Cede the Sovereignty of Nigeria or any part thereof in the event of Repayment Default shall be disputed as illicit, and in breach of the Sovereignty of the Federating Units.


We also invite Politicians from the Alliance Territories and all Political Parties Operating in the Alliance Territories, to TAKE NOTICE, that the 1999 Constitution by which the winner of any National Elections in Nigeria will Swear, and Govern, is the very Object of the Sovereignty Dispute We Have just Proclaimed, with a Demand that Further National Elections premised upon that Repudiated Constitution, be Deferred Forthwith, for the purpose of first Reworking the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. It is therefore our Expectation that you will stand with the People you Claim or Seek to Serve as Politicians or Political Parties in their current resolve to Wind up the Operation of the 1999 Constitution and Extinguish the source of their Misery. If instead of standing with your People, you choose to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 under that Constitution, it will simply mean that you are a part of the enemy-imposed Mechanism for Inflicting Death, Misery and Impoverishment upon your own People, for no other reason than Personal Gain.


The Signatories to this Proclamation commit themselves to providing a Detailed Proposition for Undertaking this Fundamental Reconfiguration of

 the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. In this regard, the Signatories Adopt and Incorporate the MNN Alliance’s November 16, 2018OPEN MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE RESTRCTURING DEBATE, reported by Guardian of Nov 18, 2018, as an outline of our Prescriptions in this Proclamation.  ​​​


ISSUED THIS 16thDAY OF December 2020” end of quote.


(6) Before I proceed with the Next-Steps, permit me to make a few clarifications about the Nature and Substance of the Sovereignty Dispute we Declared and about the Exact Remediation Propositions we made:

(i) The Constitutional Force Majeure is a carefully Designed Decisive Action Process that will continue until it achieves its Twin Objectives of Peacefully Easing out the Imposed Fraudulent 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Orderly Emergence of Successor-Constitutional Protocols, in keeping with the Self-Determination Rights of the Constituent Component Ethnic Nations of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria. It is therefore not a one day Armageddon in which the roof of heaven will fall upon the earth as being Speculated by some commentators, whether out of ignorance or mischief.

(ii) The 90-Day Period of Notice was for the Federal Government to Fully Consider the Grievances Raised and to Bring Itself to the Table of Dialogue set up by the Aggrieved Constituent Components of Nigeria. In that Period, NINAS persuaded the Peoples of the Alliance Blocs to refrain from any acts that might aggravate the volatile situation of Nigeria even in the face of severe provocations such as when amidst much killings across the Nigeria, the Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammed, recklessly Declared that the Murderous Fulani Herdsmen rampaging everywhere in Nigeria, had the right to be in every part of Nigeria they choose and to carry AK-47 Automatic Riffles.

This means that after the 90- Day Period of Notice, the Peoples of Nigeria as aggregated in the Alliance, will Proceed with various Processes towards achieving the Objectives of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, namely,the easing out of the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution and the Distillation of Successor-Constitutional0Protocols.


(iii) The Next Line of Action expressly indicated by NINAS in its Proclamation is that of Reconsideration of its Continued Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution. It is important to state here that the exact Processes by which this Reconsideration will be enacted shall be communicated to the Public in Measured Steps as the days progress and so NINAS hereby invites all Stakeholders to be on the Lookout for Directions, every care being taken to avoid Anarchy or any kind of Breakdown of Order.


(iv) Building upon the Formal Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution by the Constituent Components of Nigeria including by Solemn Assemblies over the last 20 Years, the Joint Proclamation of December 16, 2020 by NINAS was to Serve NOTICE of the Impending Formal Withdrawal of the


Contrived Consent (Forged Signature) of the Peoples of Nigeria by which the 1999 Constitution is being sustained and validated as Basis of the Nigerian Union and it’s Governance.


The Press Conference of today is to commence the retirement process of the 1999 Constitution in a manner that restores the Hijacked Sovereignties of the Constituent Components of Nigeria from which they may freely enterinto Fresh Protocols, all through a Transitioning Process that retains Existing Governance Structures throughout the Transitioning Period as South Africa did to ease itself out of the Apartheid Constitutional Order.

(7) NOW TO THE NEXT-STEPS:


(i) After Due Consultations with Stakeholders; Bearing in mind that the Five-Point Demand Contained in the December 16, 2020 Proclamation was addressed to Federal Government of Nigeria, and Considering the fact that in the event that matters progress to the Reconsideration of Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution, Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territories who will be directly impacted, may be caught in the Middle of a Dispute to which they have not been made parties, NINAS therefore deems it appropriate and necessary to first bring in such persons that may be so impacted, into the Dispute before further steps. ACCORDINGLY, NINAS Hereby Invites All Elected Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territory for Consultations with Stakeholders in their Respective Home Regions within a Period of 30 Days Commencing from the Midnight of March 17, 2021. Appropriate Communications Channels shall be used to Formally extend the Invitations to affected persons and such details as Modalities, Dates, Time, and Venue shall be Communicated along with the Invitations.


(ii) In the aforementioned 30-Day Period of Consultations, NINAS enjoins the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, particularly the younger Generation, home and abroad, whose Future have been badly compromised by the Nigerian State, to intensify the enlightenment about the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation amongst the Populace, with a view to mobilizing the Local Populace towards the inevitable engagement with Political Parties and Political Merchants from their Localities, who for humongous personal gains, cling tenaciously to the 1999 Constitution, and even planning to partake in further National Elections in 2023 under that Constitution at a time when the People they claim to Lead and Represent are struggling to ease out the same 1999 Constitution from which all their miseries flow, (including Killings, Gross Insecurity and Mass Impoverishment) and which make them Slaves In their Homeland. The Political Parties must now be persuaded to Close Shop forthwith, albeit Temporarily, until the Constitution(s) by which the Winners of any future Elections (especially 2023) will Govern, since all Political Parties in Nigeria  operate under the 1999 Constitution and the winners of any Elections must Swear to, and Govern by the 1999 Constitution.


This 30-Day Period of Consultations offers the Federal Government of Nigeria a fresh window of opportunity, beyond the 90 Days Period of Notice that expired March 16, 2021, to bring itself to the table of Dialogue set up by the Constituent Components of Nigeria, by way of the December 16, 2020 NINAS Proclamation.


Being all agreed that no progress is possible for the Peoples of Nigeria under the 1999 Unitary Constitution, we cannot be Proclaiming Restructuring, Resource Control, Rule of Law Security, EndSARS, End Corruption, or even Good Governance and still be warming up to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 that will renew the life of the 1999 Constitution which Guarantees Unitarism, Resource Hijack, Impunity, Insecurity, SARS Killings, Corruption, and Bad Governance.


We must now get honest with ourselves and Turn off the Tap from which these evils flow without further delay. The 1999 Constitution is that Tap.

In Closing Let it be Clearly Understood that in the Face of the Demise of the 1999 Constitution and the rapid progression towards self-help across Nigeria by People who find themselves under the invasion by Murderous, Heavily armed Fulani Militia masquerading as Herdsmen while the Security Agents look the other way, it is only a matter of time for the bloody altercations that are currently building up to explode into the Violent Disintegration of Nigeria with Catastrophic Consequences.


Let it also be understood that the Propositions of the December 16, 2020Proclamation by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self- Determination NINAS, offers Nigeria, Nigerians and the Concerned International Community, the Most Viable, Most Comprehensive and Most Peaceful Framework for Undertaking the Inevitable Fundamental Reconfiguration of the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria.


As we may all recall, the situation of Nigeria compelled the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Nigeria, Agnes Callamard in a September 2019 visitation, to describe the Constitutioal arrangements of Nigeria as “a Pressure Cooker for Injustice”, in circumstances that pose a Threat to Global

Security in the event that Nigeria snaps, since the most notorious Global Terror Networks including ISIS and Al-Quaeda are already converging in the large swathes of UNGOVERNED spaces Nigeria offers and with frightening prospects of an unprecedented Refugee Crisis for the World should Nigeria come undone. As we sit here today, we are already seeing the beginnings of the flood of Nigerian refugees into the rest of West Africa particularly the Yoruba who are now taking refuge in Benin Republic. 


Now that Sheik Ahmad Gumi has helped us piece together the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle regarding who the Terrorists tormenting Nigeria are, where they are, what their Motives are, what the Nigerian Government and Security Agencies know, and the Ethnoreligious fissures within the Terror Battlefields, NINAS is confident that the illusions of many regarding the Monster we are up against, will be dispersed and more indigenous Nigerians will step forth to embrace the efforts that NINAS has initiated. 


Those who insist on Governing Nigeria with the Imposed, Fraudulent and Unworkable 1999 Constitution as well as those who still aspire to contest further National Elections under that Constitution should know they are the ones pushing Nigeria towards a Violent Disintegration but the Ethnic Nations Currently Trapped in the Failed Lugardian Experiment of 1914 will do everything Legitimate under appropriate International Instruments to extricate them from the Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness that Nigeria has become for them. NINAS urge our Various Peoples across the Alliance Territories to remain calm and confident as measured steps are being taken towards ending our Bondage.


For the avoidance of doubt, the NINAS proclamation of constitutional dispute on December 16th 2020 terminated the life of the fraudulent 1999 constitution of Nigeria and therefore restored our sovereignty that was confiscated by that constitution. What we are doing today is to outline the processes and modality for the necessary and orderly transition to our full self-determination and sovereignty in the World therefore we hereby call on the peoples of our alliance territory to rise to the challenge of shaking off the shackles and manacles hitherto imposed on them by the defunct 1999 constitution.


The task before our peoples are as follows:


1.​To distill and perfect the documents of their sovereignty namely Map of their Territory and draft constitutions or charters of relationships for multi-ethnic blocks.


2.​To embark upon and intensify their effort towards UN-Mandated referendums and plebiscites.


3.​In the face of the demise of the 1999 constitution which had been impediment to the control and management of their territories and resources (Particularly the 68-item exclusive list), the Governors of the State in the Alliance Territory are hereby advised to, in the interim, work as there state assemblies to make necessary Legislative and regulatory arrangement for the effective control and security of their respective territories as a part of the transitioning process to the new order which has been commenced today.


4.​As a part of the overall management of transition process we call on our people to co-operate with our State Governors for the maintenance of Law, Order, Peace and good Governance.


Thank you for your attention.


PROFESSOR (SENATOR ) BANJI AKINTOYE, CHARIMAN, NINAS


March 17, 2021.

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