Opinion

Opinion | Nigerian Union Dispute: The Folly Of Building On A Rickety Constitutional Foundation.

By Tony Nnadi

I respond as follows to media questions about what seems to be a mobilization by political parties towards the 2023 round of national elections under the disputed 1999 Constitution.

Knowing what we now about the fraud of 1999 enacted by Decree No.24 of 1999 and christened “the 1999 Constitution”; and seeing the monumental failures of the Nigeria erected upon the rickety foundation of that fraud as well as the mind-boggling miseries of Nigerians trapped in what has become a union of death, It is most obdurate to continue the construction of Nigeria on the basis of that Constitution which has been repudiated and rejected, countrywide.

Those still planning to go to another round of national elections in 2023 under the fraudulent 1999 Constitution are actually compounding the treason initiated by Abdusalam Abubakar and his confederates in 1999 and are therefore the worst enemies of their own oeople.

As they continue to defy the will of their people and undermine the sovereignty of their people, they will soon find themselves on a head-on collision with those who are being killed, impoverished and enslaved under that Constitution.

We must now formally halt the preparations for any further renewal of our damnation in 2023 by way of another round of national elections under that caliphate-imposed engine of fraud called “the 1999 Constitution”.

We must now go into a transitioning process to undertake the orderly decommissioning of the defeated 1999 Constitution and the distillation of fresh constitutional protocols dictated by the Self-determination imperative for Nigeria’s constituent components as ratified by referendums.

This would be in a two-stage process that begins with regional Self-determination referendums to either recommit of opt out of the failed and unworkable union defined by the 1999 Constitution. Depending on the outcome of the aforementioned regional referendums in the first stage, it is in the second stage that the question of negotiating or drafting another federating Constitution would arise.

All political parties in Nigeria must be told in clear terms that the issues confronting Nigeria and Nigerians now cannot be resolved by elections since the winners of any further elections under the 1999. Constitution must swear to, and govern by that Constitution. They cannot therefore be allowed to frame the grave issue of existential threats confronting the peoples of Nigeria at this time as capable of being resolved by the emergence of one party or the other in power after another election ritual in 2023.

The five-point proposition of the December 16, 2020 joint multi-regional Constitutional Force Majeure activated by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), provides a clear comprehensive, timebound framework for the immediate undertaking the inevitable grand reconfiguration of the failed Lugardian experiment of 1914. Anything outside calling off the voyage to 2023 and the commencement of the remediation anchored on the sovereignty of the constituent components of Nigeria within the context of the Self-determination imperative for those constituent components is an invitation to the unceremonious collapse of the rickety union.

Tony Nnadi is Co-Convener and Coordinating Secretary of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-determination (NINAS).