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PHOTOS: Against Heavy security presence, thousands rally in Osogbo for Yoruba self determination agenda

PHOTOS: Against Heavy security presence, thousands rally in Osogbo for Yoruba self determination agenda


Against heavy security presence both at the venue of the takeoff of the rally and in many jountions and strategic places of the Osunbstate capital, thousands of the youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United stormed the streets of Osogbo to agitate for the Yoruba nation.


The security operatives eventually vacated the freedom park, the venue if the convergence for the rally.



There are some of the protesters who converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest as many also joined from other areas as well as those that joined from other south west states.



Sunday Adeyemo popularly called GBOHO and his entourages also graced the rally.


They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya and Odi Olowo areas.


The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs and distributing handbills to people along the streets.


The protest maintained that agitations for self determination is a fundamental rights.


They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.












The charters of the United Nations, Africa Union and ECOWAS, of which Nigeria is a member, give the people the right to self determination and to have a voice on how they would like to be governed.

Acting within the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of expression and association, a self-determination rally is therefore not a crime.


Against heavy security presence both at the venue of the takeoff of the rally and in many jountions and strategic places of the Osunbstate capital, thousands of the youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United stormed the streets of Osogbo to agitate for the Yoruba nation.


The security operatives eventually vacated the freedom park, the venue if the convergence for the rally.



There are some of the protesters who converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest as many also joined from other areas as well as those that joined from other south west states.



Sunday Adeyemo popularly called GBOHO and his entourages also graced the rally.


They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya and Odi Olowo areas.


The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs and distributing handbills to people along the streets.


The protest maintained that agitations for self determination is a fundamental rights.


They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.












The charters of the United Nations, Africa Union and ECOWAS, of which Nigeria is a member, give the people the right to self determination and to have a voice on how they would like to be governed.

Acting within the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of expression and association, a self-determination rally is therefore not a crime.

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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