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Opinion: Forget about great. Let’s first make Nigeria normal!

By Ndidi Uwechue

I regularly hear words such as, “Our great country” or “We can be great again” in reference to Nigeria. Such words make me wonder what the speaker means by “great”. Plus, for us to be “great again”, implies that Nigeria was once great, and if so, when in our history of 107 years was Nigeria ever great?

“Great” countries are those with above all else, internal security, plus enviable engineering technologies, able to manufacture all sorts of high precision and technically complex objects such as airplanes, ships, space rockets, high speed railway systems, machinery, medical equipment, armaments, skyscraper buildings etc. Clearly, Nigeria is not in that category.

If we are honest, Nigeria is so insecure, and has been left so far behind that it is not possible to be (for now) among the “great” nations. However, our peoples can aim to be among those that simply have a NORMAL country. It is good to aim high, but in this case, it is better to aim true. A normal country is one with security and where things work as they should, not where chaos, confusion, crises and existential danger rule. It is the yearning for a normal country that presses Nigerians to use any means necessary to flee abroad: to the West, plus now also the Orient, Arabia and South America.

The NINAS Movement first alerted Nigerians and the rest of Mankind to the knowledge that the imposed 1999 Constitution – a forgery that falsely claims Nigerian people wrote it, plus agreed it – creates and sustains under-development and gross corruption. That so-called “1999 Constitution” does not have the consent of the governed, and that is why it has to be foisted on Nigerians, and it is kept in use through deceit, threats, and deadly violence. In essence, Nigeria is reaping the consequences of that 1999 Constitution: it is a failed state, now turning into a Rogue State (breeder of terrorism).

So, in order to hope to ever have a normal country, Nigerians would need to take down, and discard that illegitimate and imposed 1999 Constitution, the tap from which all that ails the country flow, and which is monstrously being used to turn Nigeria into a homeland for Islamist terrorists: Boko Haram is there, Fulani herdsmen militias are there, ISIS is there, Al-Qaeda is there, Ansaru is there.

Any person living in Nigeria or who has ever had the misfortune to experience what Nigeria is like would be insincere if telling young people that Nigeria under that 1999 Constitution can ever be “great”. Let us first make Nigeria a “normal” place before any (empty) talk of “greatness”. That is where the NINAS Movement comes in.

The NINAS Movement has over the past twenty-one years done the necessary legal paperwork, formed the necessary alliances, plus interacted with the necessary international stakeholders so as to start decommissioning the sham 1999 Constitution by the Declaration of a Constitutional Force Majeure (CFM) on 16th December 2020, in Lagos. From that day Nigeria became a Disputed Project.

The NINAS Movement is the means of giving Nigerians a chance to make decisions for themselves as to what type of country they want, then, they can create the type of Constitutions they want, and no longer be compelled to live under that make-believe 1999 Constitution.

Furthermore, the NINAS Movement’s CFM would stem the mass emigration of citizens. On a regular basis Nigerians who fled abroad seeking safety and a chance at a good life are being deported back to Nigeria. Their reluctant host countries have their own rules and regulations, and are unable to house, feed, water, and then also give them work opportunities. That is understandable because the huge numbers of citizens fleeing Nigeria would be burdensome.

To conclude, the sad irony is that in 1960 Nigerians wanted Independence from Europeans, specifically Britain. Today though, Nigerians crave to live with Europeans and to get independence from Nigeria! The illegitimate 1999 Constitution is what makes Nigeria uninhabitable. That is certain. Rather than flee to become a burden to other countries, and to have that constant dread of being deported, the NINAS Movement is right here, right now, and all those who want a normal existence in a normal country of their own making, should add their energies to advancing the NINAS Movement. So for now, normal is good enough. Great can come later.

Ndidi Uwechue is a British citizen with Igbo heritage from the Lower Niger Bloc. She is a retired Metropolitan (London) Police Officer, she is a signatory to the Constitutional Force Majeure, and she writes from Abuja.