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Opinion | The NINAS movement leads to a new way of thinking in Nigeria

By Ndidi Uwechue

For over four decades, the people of Nigeria have been procrastinating and putting off the day for reforming national orientation. However, quite serious about being a difference, and caring about the future of the youth, the non-violent NINAS Movement has started that long overdue transformation.

As we know, in order to be effective in improving any situation, the problem must first be identified before the right remedy can be provided. In Nigeria’s case, the contagious disease is the Nigerian System created by Frederick Lugard the British founding father of Nigeria. It is a system re-created by the imposed 1999 Constitution, a known forgery, not made by Nigerians. The Nigerian System was described by colonial judge Stocker as “a set back to a condition of things resembling the barbarous ages”. Such is the society found in Nigeria, and that is why there is a mass exodus of Nigerians heading mainly for Western countries.

This Nigerian System is based on the three principles of Ignorance, Fear and Military (ie State) terrorism. Lugard devised it so that those in power would be able to seize the rich natural resources of the indigenous peoples of the South, without effective resistance from them. It is for that same reason that the 1999 Constitution was created and foisted on Nigerians.

Enter the non-violent NINAS Movement!

The NINAS Movement is a growing mass of ordinary Nigerians who have chosen to be different. They not only seek Justice and Democracy, but are working for it, going beyond the level of simply talking about it.

The NINAS Movement is based on an intellectually sound Strategy that having identified the imposed sham 1999 Constitution as public enemy number one, is using International Law to decommission it (following a procedure similar to the decommissioning of South Africa’s Apartheid Constitution). They are to be commended. The NINAS Movement is bringing about: “A NEW WAY OF THINKING” for a new breed of indigenous peoples. Here are just some of the positive effects that the NINAS Movement is bringing about, to push away and reverse the “barbarous ages” of the 1999 Constitution’s Nigerian System:

§ Replacing helplessness with a problem-solving orientation:

Infants and very young children will look at their broken toy, or feel discomfort from a dirtied nappy, then start crying. They are completely helpless to fix their toy or to change their nappy by themselves. The Nigerian System has created a population of adults who can daily list the miseries of Nigeria, then stop there helplessly. Those with religion, after wailing will end by saying, “God should help us”, or go a bit further with some “fasting and praying”. And it ends there.

In contrast, the NINAS Movement develops people who have a Learner Mindset and who, having identified that the 1999 Constitution is the tap from which all society’s miseries flow, have keyed into this non-violent strategy to turn off that tap – and they are not wailing, but working!

§ Replacing fearfulness with courage and determination

After so many decades of the Nigerian System where fear has been used to keep citizens inactive and docile, many have begun to resorting to: finding a problem in every solution. They have no faith in themselves, or in their people, or even, dare I say, in the God they claim to believe in (viz – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, does not motivate this fear-filled group).

In contrast, the NINAS Movement inspires those who know that fighting for Justice is a noble fight, and they want to stand for something. They want to leave a positive legacy not only for their children, but for all children. They understand that the Nigerian System wants to keep them frightened and passive, so they refuse to be defeated by it. Rather, they will conquer it.

§ Replacing corruption with sincerity and honesty

The “barbarous” society created by the Nigerian System makes a mockery of truth and integrity. For instance, honest people who return missing money are laughed to scorn. Meanwhile those who flaunt their wealth are admired, and society will not care to know the source of that money.

In contrast, the NINAS Movement has caused some people to examine the foundations of the Union of ethnic nations called Nigeria. They no longer think it is acceptable for “anything goes” lies and deceit to be the standard for society. Some of them still want a united Nigeria, while some want no Nigeria – both though want “we the people” to decide which option, and they desire honestly and properly obtained Constitutions.

§ Replacing selfishness with community focus

“What does it concern me!” has become a standard response, supposedly of wisdom when it comes to societal ills. That is the selfish orientation that a “barbarous” environment has induced.

In contrast, the NINAS Movement is consistently, and at every stage concerned that “we the people” should not be made to suffer miseries flowing from an illegitimate 1999 Constitution that “we the people” did not make.

§ Replacing ignorance with being an informed citizen

Creating ignorance is a prime purpose of the Nigerian System. Whether we like it or not, for now, English is the global language for disseminating information. Nigeria has a weak reading culture not just because the disgracefully few public libraries are spaces that are not at all conducive to reading, but people have adopted a culture that scorns “big grammar” i.e., reading material that uses standard English or that is longer than a few paragraphs.

In contrast, the NINAS Movement insists that people must be INFORMED CITIZENS. It is a Movement for self-determination. So, when that is obtained, people must have the knowledge to use the self-determination well, not for selfish personal gain, but for the benefit of “we the people”, and the welfare of the community.

Given these desirable outcomes, surely the NINAS Movement is all good-good!

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.