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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Nigeria: The 1999 Constitution Has No Pre-requisite For Consensus Agreement On Dismemberment

Nigeria: The 1999 Constitution Has No Pre-requisite For Consensus Agreement On Dismemberment

In his intelligent response a couple of weeks ago, to questions presented before him by Rudolf Okonkwo of IrokoPost Television, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe stated that the Nigerian (rogue) Constitution of 1999 as amended, did not contain any clause empowering any of the present Nigerian federating regions including Biafra, to organize a referendum for secession. He clarified that it is only if Nigerians themselves, from across the regions, could converge and unanimously agree to set aside the existing Constitution and choose something different, that will permit the Biafran people to freely organize any referendum on political independence. While the distinguished Senator should be commended for courageously telling the world the truth during the interview that he would personally vote if such a scenario plays out, it is pertinent to also let the Senator to know that there is no how all regions in Nigeria would agreeably converge to set aside the military imposed Constitution which never had any input from the civilian populace. Nigerians can only be enabled to set aside the Constitution if their  forefathers, parents or political representatives firstly played decisive roles in the crafting of the existing Nigerian Constitution. Unfortunately, that never happened. The so-called Constitution was promulgated and imposed on the people by a military dictator, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, few days before his purported handover on the 29th of May 1999, thereby ushering in the present Nigerian democracy of shame.

For all those who may not have known, it was in the month of October 1998, that this military dictator, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, one of the Northern ruling cabals, contracted one Professor Auwalu Yadudu, to single-handedly undertake the writing of a democratic Constitution that would be used in returning Nigeria to a democratic rule. This Professor then, meticulously copied and pasted the 1979 Nigerian Democratic Constitution, doctored and edited it in such a way that it will protect and massage Islamic interest in all ramification in Nigeria. Recall that the said 1979 Constitution which in itself was equally single-handedly prepared by Professor Ben Nwabueze (Senior Advocate of Nigeria....SAN), was a product of copy and paste document, shamelessly extracted from the Constitution of the United States of America, as contracted by the men of a one time military dictator, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, few days before 1st October, 1979. With the above brief analysis, it then becomes clear that there has never been anytime in Nigeria history that the people in whatever shape, participated in crafting any of their Constitutions since the defunct 1963 Republican Constitution which was later on, quashed by the military coup d'etat of 1966.

It is important to let the very distinguished Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe to know that it was only General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Professor Auwalu Yadudu that crafted the existing Nigerian Constitution of 1999 as amended, with grave Islamic interests well accomodated. The duo, still alive, are the only persons that would justly be expected to set it aside for any other thing contrary to be done in the Nigerian federation and not the people who never in anyway, who never participated in the preparation of the said Constitution. Distinguished Senator Abaribe should also know that any document called Constitution imposed on the people like that of 1999, was carried out without the consent, approval and endorsement of the generality of the people. This act in itself, is completely criminal. The Constitution therefore, lacks the requisite legitimacy before the citizens helplessly suffering from the effects of it's imposition.

It is quite imminent that the people of Biafra will be definitively taking their destinies in their own hands. Biafra Independence Referendum could be organized anytime hence, as Biafrans are already prepared whether the Nigerian (rogue) Constitution is set aside or not. Even Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe himself who became deputy governor of Abia State, a supposed federating unit of Nigeria few days after the criminal Constitution was imposed, cannot say that his community or his political constituency at any level from Ward to Senatorial District, was actually represented by anyone in the light of this criminal document put together to service parochial interests.

How can it be expected then, that Biafrans whose none of their socio-political, religious and cultural leaders can boast of the participation of their people in the crafting of the military imposed Constitution, should be told to wait for the criminal Nigerian Constitution to be set aside by Nigerians before taking drastic steps towards their political independence? This is the only question which the distinguished Senator Abaribe has to fully respond to in due time.

Written by Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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