*says the groups are not for secession
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) on Saturday raised alarm of plans by some elements in Nigeria at criminalizing activities of self determination groups across the Southern part of the country
NINAS raised the alarm in Ibadan at a World Press conference addressed by its Chairman, Professor Banjo Akintoye at the headquarters of the body in Bodija area of Ibadan.
Speaking through the Treasurer of Ilana Omo Yoruba, Mrs Folasade Olukoya, the NINAS Chairman said in attempt to actualizing the ploy, the said elements are already tagging self determination groups as clamouring for secceesion within Nigeria.
” We report that in what seems like a choreographed response from agents of the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria to the NINAS Grand Propositions, attempts were made to distort, obfuscate and even criminalize the Straightforward Self-Determination Campaign of the Aggrieved Constituent Component Blocs of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria, in a desperate bid to erect a False Narrative around that Campaign”, he said. Professor Akintoye added, ” terms like “SECESSION” were smuggled into the debate and a section of the Media, obviously promoted this false Narrative, with a former Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati, describing the Self-Determination Campaign as “TREASON” in a poorly scripted maneuver to lay the grounds for Criminalizing the Self-Determination Campaign.”.
NINAS however asked politicians in the entire Southern part of Nigeria to forget about having or contesting any election in 2023 as no election would hold in the Southern Nigeria under the present ” failed and flawed 1999 constitution”.
According to the NINA’S Chairman, ” any decision by politicians from the Southern part of Nigeria or their political parties ” to go for another round of National Elections in 2023 will be interpreted as a Clear-Minded Choice to help the enemy preserve the 1999 Constitution and this will mean Sabotaging the Self-Redemption Initiative of their own People the Alliance. “
” If we press on as we are already doing right now, by rejecting further any National Elections (2023 in Particular) under the 1999 Constitution, that Constitution will be Dismantled, Decommissioned and Jettisoned inside the First half of 2021, paving the way IMMEDIATELY for Transitioning, Referendums and the Emergence of Successor-Constitutional Arrangements.” he said The NINAS Chairman added, ” It is in this regard that NINAS is now informing the Political Merchants of the South and Middle-Belt across all the Political Parties in Nigeria, that any Decision by them or their Political Parties to go another round of National Elections in 2023 will be interpreted as a Clear-Minded Choice to help the enemy preserve the 1999 Constitution and this will mean Sabotaging the Self-Redemption Initiative of their own People the Alliance. NINAS strongly advices the Political Parties and Political Merchants in the Alliance Territories not to put themselves on a Head-On Collision with the Peoples of the Territories in their Quest for SelfPreservation via Self-Determination.”.
He stressed further that ” it has become imperative for the Peoples of Nigeria who are now faced with the dire Existential Threats represented by this Invasion, to brace up and assume full responsibility for their own safety, their own Defense from Armed Invaders, their own Economic Assets and their Own Future, not as individuals or small Community Groupings but as De Facto Government/Governments in all ramifications adequate to meet the challenges of the aforementioned Existential Threats.” ” NINAS offers the Framework for Activating this De Facto Governance Imperative which begins with providing clear Directions to our Traumatized Peoples and Relating to the International Community on their behalf. In the face of the Self-Preservation Steps being taken by the Peoples of Nigeria to Take Down, Dismantle and Decommission the Caliphate-Imposed 1999 Constitution, the Voyage to 2023 General Elections being plotted under the Repudiated 1999 Constitution by Agents of the Caliphate, assumes a place of Strategic and EXTRAORDINARY importance, considering the direct nexus between that Election and the Preservation of the Defeated 1999 Constitution”