Middle Belt And Southern Leaders Reject 1999 Constitution

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Leaders from various ethnic groups from the South-West, South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt have rejected the 1999 Constitution describing it as a fraud put together to subjugate other nationalities under the control of the Fulani.

The aggrieved leaders made this known in a statement issued on Friday after a consultative meeting in Lagos

They subsequently gave the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government a 90-day ultimatum to constitute a committee on Sovereign National Conference to decide on the repeal of the 1999 Constitution or to dissolve Nigeria’s amalgamation of 1914.

The leaders, who spoke on the platform of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, said the 1999 Constitution was responsible for the worsening insecurity and poverty in the land.

Some of the leaders who signed the communiqué are former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang; Prof. Yusufu Turaki; a prominent historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye; President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; Senator Aniete Okon;  and Fred Agbeyegbe.

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Others include Air Commodore Indongesit Nkanga (retd.); Ambassador Godknows Igali;  Fred Agbeyegbe, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Yange and  Dr Kunle Oshodi.

The leaders said all elections must be suspended so that winners would not be sworn in with the same 1999 Constitution which they described as faulty.

The communiqué read partly, “Being confronted by the clear and present danger of extermination in the hands of our supposed compatriots in the union of Nigeria, (we) hereby declare a sovereignty dispute with the federation of Nigeria as represented by the Federal Government of Nigeria, on account of our repudiation and rejection of the imposed 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, whose authorship was fraudulently imputed to us.

“Furthermore, effective from today, 18th December 2020, (we) give a 90-day notice to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the Security Council of the United Nations, the Government of the United States of America, the European Union as well as the international community, of the intention of the peoples of the alliance territories to reconsider our continued allegiance to the disputed 1999 Constitution as well as the unitary union of death, attrition and backwardness it foists on us.

“We demand that in the 90 days of this notice, the following specific actions must be taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria to firmly set in motion an irreversible process by which the aforementioned grave constitutional grievances would be addressed:

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