By Ifeanyi Ochonogor
The Lower Niger Congress (LNC) has decisively condemned what it describes as the deliberate antagonism, hostility and deadly violence that Fulani herdsmen and their armed militias are causing in the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples in the South-South and South-East, and in their Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-determination (NINAS) territory, otherwise known as the territory of the indigenous Peoples of Middle Belt and South.
According to a statement circulated by the secretariat and signed by its Secretary General Tony Nnadi, killings and trespassing onto farms, forests and lands belonging to others and other communities would not be happening had indigenous peoples made their own Constitutions.
“As things stand, the indigenous peoples of the Middle-Belt and Southern Nigeria (NINAS) having declared a Constitutional Force Majeure to decommission the illegitimate 1999 Constitution, Nigeria is now a Disputed Project,” the LNC added.
The LNC further stated that it is the Self-determination group’s expectation and that of the rest of the NINAS Alliance that an honest and timely engagement with the five demands of the Constitutional Force Majeure proclamation will precipitate an orderly process for the resolution of the rapidly degenerating Nigerian situation.