Ndidi Uwechue’s Column: The Smart African… a place for intelligent discourse

Opinion | The 1999 Constitution is the Reason for the Mass Exodus of Nigerians

By Ndidi Uwechue

On the very day that my late Aunt Josephine completed her last nursing training exam in London, she headed straight back to Nigeria, even before her results were out. She saw no reason to linger around in Britain. That was in the late 1950s. Things are very different now.

Now, the desire of millions upon millions of Nigerians is to flee Nigeria to begin a new life out there overseas, where millions of Nigerians are already living. This is the Mass Exodus of Nigerians. Some, influenced by Nollywood films are seeking quick and abundant wealth, others, are seeking the opportunity for just a normal life. The most prized locations are Europe or places where European culture is the dominant one, such as in America, Canada and Australia. That is because Europeans have managed to create free societies.

Here are some concepts of what a free society is:

A free society is built up from the actions of individuals, following the rules that promote peaceful cooperation. It is not imposed from above by political authorities. Government usually has a more limited role in a free society.

In a free society we accept that other people’s choices will be different from our own. In a free society, citizens enjoy freedom of speech and equality.

A free society is where institutions are created and run in order to empower each individual to meet, explore, and increase their potential.

What we find in Nigeria is the very opposite of a free society. Nigeria’s society is a burden to those for whom circumstances of their birth mean that they must experience it, until the suffering masses organize themselves and say: No more of this burden!

Europeans and other Westerners cannot begin to imagine the terrors and never-to-be-relieved stresses of having to live in Nigeria. Here is a list of some things that Nigerians face:

· Not free to have civil liberties.

· Not free to have human rights respected.

· Not free to be safe.

· Not politically free (no freedom from coercion and compulsion).

· Not free to trust those in authority.

· Not free to live in a clean environment.

· Not free to enjoy constant (or even any) electricity.

· Not free to experience the wonders that technology-driven lifestyles provide.

· Not free to taste the excitement of the earth’s bountiful produce turned into foods and drinks by other cultures, or the arts and crafts made by other cultures, etc.

· Not free to develop or reach your potential.

In short, living in Nigeria diminishes an individual, and de-skills them. It is no wonder therefore that there is such a Mass Exodus from Nigeria. One also finds that the ruling elite and higher grade civil servants who could change things, are regularly abroad themselves. They too want to enjoy being in a free society, where they are able to acquire European goodies, even if it is with looted, or ill-gotten Nigerian public money.

Some who have taken the trouble to look into what makes the country what it is, have accurately described Nigeria as a “criminal enterprise”. Essentially, Nigeria is a land where those in authority (politicians and civil servants), plus their cronies (e.g. business people and religious leaders etc.) are united in the purpose of getting their wealth from denying citizens their rights, their social and public services, and access to an environment that would empower them. The powers and illegitimate authority they use in getting their gains come from the 1999 Constitution, a forgery. It is Military Decree 24 fraudulently renamed, then foisted on Nigerians in 1999 when they were told that “Democracy” had begun through it.

What is seen is that the sham 1999 Constitution re-establishes the “Nigerian System” created by Frederick Lugard, British founding father of Nigeria. It is a system based on the trio of Ignorance, Fear and Military (state) terror, creating a culture described by Colonial judge Stocker as “a set back to a condition of things resembling the barbarous ages”. The provisions of the 1999 Constitution ensure barbarity and brutality are the norm.

1 – No fit for purpose public institutions or public welfare, including security.

Although Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution states that: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government…”, it is the very opposite that Nigerians experience. That same Constitution turns around to make all those good welfare provisions non-justiciable, i.e. non-enforceable via Section 6. 6C. That means citizens cannot get relief from courts when their security, human rights, and developmental needs are denied!

2 – the 68 item Exclusive List.

There are 68 key developmental areas that the illegitimate 1999 Constitution hands over to the Central Government, including the much-hated item 39 which is that the natural resources in the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples belong to Central Government. This list effectively hijacks the self-determination rights of Ethnic Nations because they become beggars (or slaves), waiting upon Central Government to give them access to the tools for protection, development and progress.

That 1999 Constitution has successfully produced a Nigerian System where ignorance remains at a steady high level, and this in turn, together with state brutality, and lack of functional social services (i.e. care for citizens) maintains a very strong climate of fear. The overall aim of the Nigerian System is to produce in citizens such fear that there is: “the paralysation of their wills by the spectacle of Military terrorism hanging over their heads like a sword of Damocles”.

The question asked is: “Why would anyone want to create a society where the Nigerian System exists?”. The answer was stated above: Nigeria is a criminal enterprise. Not a country in the real sense. Having the Nigerian System makes it so much easier for those in power to grab the natural resources of the indigenous Owners of the land with no effective resistance from them. That, is what Nigeria is about. Which is why Nigerians flee abroad to escape the criminal enterprise created by the 1999 Constitution.

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.Advertisementsabout:blankREPORT THIS AD