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A MEMORY UPDATE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY COMRADE KINDNESS INNOCENT JONAH, PRESIDENT OF ROMKEEP: RIGHTS OF MAN KEEP, A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST GROUP, TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF NIGERIANS TO THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BEHALF OF A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST GROUP ROMKEE

Exalted people of honour,

Scintillating people of class,

People of Justice Locale,

Audacious Representatives of Nigerians to the National Conference,

All Protocol observed.

With every sense of decorum pitted against classic unfulfilment of previous resolutions of similar conferences, I express Godly faith that our President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan cannot summon such a high profile Meeting and fail to utilize its finality of deliberations to foster hope and faith in Nigeria. My piece is founded on seven (7) letter word J-U-S-T-I-C-E called Justice.

Recall that Peace endured is subjugation, because Justice is not there. Justice itself is usually unpalatable to churlish minds because either geocentricism or chauvinistic interests cage in on the truth so that what is presented is mere hocus pocus, to lead by the garden path, the unsuspecting hoi polloi. That has been how the cookie crumbles in Nigeria since January 1, 1914 which convoluting disequilibrium has permeated through donkey years of cover-ups till now that hand has covered the moon.

This untoward tendency led to Independence of bondage and cliffhanger of religious albatross fostered on a Nation by the moon and sword world. The moon is weaker relative to the sun. The light of the moon cannot be used to read no matter how bright. But the sun outshines darkness out of existence, while the moon incubates darkness. Sword is for destruction and stands for nothing less. Thus, religious proclivity plausibly heaved on swording to oblivion, the seemingly Semitism-fillic enclave was the fireback of January 17, 1966 that ushered in the truest martial song in Nigeria so far on January 15, 1966 which has tabooed many a governmental mind to catch the illusive blacksheep in the darkest night.

Endured peace galore is all the know-it-all. Subjugation is the watchword since January 15, 1966 as the locale of the natal star arising from the East that wise-mened the gift-givers to JESUS CHRIST. And until subjugation is removed, the wise men cannot return through the same way to the East. Ditto.

Let us, therefore, enjoy Peace, not endure it by.

PREAMBLE

Nigeria was amalgamated on January 1, 1914 which all of us know. This Paper is not going into history of the amalgamation. But one thing that has hunted this is the view on it as an anomaly which has been the reason for this stay-together-review. It is anomalous because all the ethnic nationalities were taken for granted by Lord Lugard who had vowed in 1903 at Sokoto to enthrone the Hausa-Fulani whenever Nigeria became One Nation.

This was achieved on 1, January, 1914 as Lord Lugard created Nigerian Council constituted of Six Persons with all but one were from Hausa-Fulani. Thus, the foundation was laid for castration of the other Nigerians in the Britanic awkward arrangement.

Hugh Clifford replaced Lord Lugard in 1919 and merely extended the oligarchic rule of Hausa-Fulani North. Recall that whenever we call North, the response is Hausa-Fulani. Arewa Constitative Forum(ACF) is for propagation of islamic agenda of Hausa-Fulani. This trend continued in the rule of: Craeme Thompson, Donald Cameron and Bernard Bourdillon. Particularly in April 1, 1939, Bourdillon created the Eastern, Western and Northern Provinces which came to be (100%) adopted by Arthur Richards in 1943 as Eastern, Western and Northern Regions repectively.

In 1945, the first massacre of non-muslim Southerners took place in Kano market riot. Ever since, it has become a recurrent decimal. The Northern Regional House of Assembly gave vent to what is the Disunity of Nigeria as the then Leader, Tafawa Balewa in 1947 said “There is no basis for One Nigeria (Nigerian Unity)” in one of their sessions. This was what Gowon said in 3rd August, 1966 after Ironsi was varnished.

On the eve of Nigerian Independence in October 1, 1960, Ahmadu Bello said “The new nation called Nigeria should be the estate of our great-grand father Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of Power. We must use the minorities of the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them have control over their future.”

This is the mentality of the North since January 1, 1914.

  • That was the mentality that caused the Civil War.
  • That was the mentality that caused Gideon Orkah Coup.
  • That was the mentality that wrote 1999 Constitution.
  • That was the mentality that created states to amputate the South, especially Igbos.
  • That was the mentality that denied Abiola the Presidency.
  • That was the mentality that smuggled Sharia and Child Marriage into the Constitution.
  • That was the mentality that created bokoharam being sponsored by “rich” muslims of Hausa-Fulani Nupe-Kanuri extraction.
  • That was the mentality that castrated Yakubu Gowon and made him, subservient to sultan of Sokoto though as Head of State.
  • That was the mentality that created states and gave Sokoto Province, Four States, equivalent to South East.
  • That was the mentality that created Local Government Areas and gave Kano states (44) equivalent to Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi States put together.
  • That was the mentality that castrated the Niger Deltans and collected their oil wells to be super-rich in Sahel Savanna.
  • That is the mentality that has seen to the constant killing of natives of Northern Christians by herdsmen of Fulani.
  • That is the mentality that has ceaselessly killed Beroms, Afizeres, Anagutas and all Plateau people.
  • That is the mentality that has been severally decimating the Kafanchan and Southern Kaduna people for ages.
  • That was the mentality that devastated Yorubas in Kwara through Afonja and made Fulani the settler, the head of the indigenes.
  • That is the mentality that has employed only less than 3% of Christians in Kwara State now though they are in clear majority.
  • That is the mentality that has caged Christians in Kogi State, though they are in clear majority.
  • That is the mentality that sidelined forever, unless Jesus intervenes, the Christians in Amana area of Southern Bornu, Gombe and Tafawa Balewa Local Governments of Bauchi State, Southern Katsina and Sokoto Province. People do not know that there are indigenous Christians in Sokoto State or Zamfara State or Kebbi States. But they are sidelined perpetually awaiting divine intervention.
  • That is the mentality of the born-to-rule that wanted to make Abacha President for life; that wanted to establish IBB as Life President.
  • That was the mentality that made Zik of Africa a toothless bulldog.
  • That was the mentality that turned a genuine Coup of Nzeogwu to “Igbo Coup”.
  • That was the mentality that galvanized all other Nigerians to fight Igbos because, they are by religion, Christians.
  • Having obtained by the scheme, majority in Senate and House of Representatives, States and Local Governments, that is the mentality that has restrained Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) from demanding for Constitutional or Sovereign National Conference, because they hold the status quo of cheat and hate with guesto of never-let-go.
  • That was the mentality that ripped open, the bellies of pregnant Tiv women in 1964-1965 Tiv riots when J.S. Tarka was challenging the castration of “the Northern minorities”.
  • That was the mentality that fought to a standstill, the Middle Belt Region and frustrated its creation.
  • That remains the single most important mentality standing between Nigeria and matching forward.

Who is Arewa? Does Arewa include: Berom, Tiv, Afizere, Anaguta, Langtang, Nok, Amanas, all tribes in Adamawa, Mambillas, Kakas, Jukuns, Egedes, Igallas, Okenes, Auchis, Okuns, Gbajyis and Christian Nupes and Christian Yorubas in Kwara? What is the make up of Arewa? These people are serially used and dumped in Arewa Mausoleum by the real Arewa-Housa Fulani as the statement in 1960 of Ahmadu Bello depicts.

Recall that Hausa-Fulani are the real Minorities in the North when you bring them together and all other tribes together. People may not know this because of the lies told and held for decades about Hausa-Fulani population. Its all lies and demonic fabrications of a supercilious culture.

If therefore, we call for a National Conference, let us not make the mistake of taking the resolutions to the National Assembly for “ratification” as being proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan, for two reasons:

  • Sovereignty lies with the people, the electorate and not with the elected that have delegated Power.
  • 60% of National Assembly are Hausa-Fulani- Nupe -Kanuri muslims that can never agree to change the status quo favouring them.

This Conference, though given nod to by Jonathan, is more than Goodluck Jonathan, it is about Nigeria, and so, it cannot do the biddings of Goodluck Jonathan.

SO, WE OF ROMKEEP, SUBMIT THAT, THE FOLLOWING AREAS SHOULD BE HARMONIZED FOR NIGERIA TO BE TRULY ONE:

1 CORRECTING THE STRUCTURAL IMBALANCE OF 1914 AMALGAMATION

Equal number of States should be created in each Geopolitical Zone in the Country. Either eight-eight (8-8) States each or nine nine (9-9). Preferably Eight (8) States each, while South-South and North Central (Middle Belt) gets Nine (9) States each to make it Fifty (50) – State structure for Nigeria. The proposed States are:



S/N

Region

No. of Existing States

No. of Extra States to be created

Proposed States to be created

1

South East

5

3

ABA, ADADA & ETITI or

NJABA STATE

2

South South

6

3

BLUE RIVER, ANIOMA & OGOJA

3

South West

6

2

OKE-OGUN & IBADAN IBARAPA or IJEBU

4

North West

7

1

ZARIA FOR ZARIA PROVINCE

5

North East

6

2

AMANA & MAMBILA

6

North Central or Middle Belt

6

3

APA, CONFLUENCE & ONE (1) other

 

TOTAL

50

 

 

INFORMATION ON THE PROPSED STATES

[1] ABA STATE

This is the oldest state demanded in Nigeria since 1915. It was demanded again in 1954. It was to be created in 1963, but mixed up with COR – Calabar-Ogoja-Rivers demand which poised to calving Ngwaland out of Igbo tribe which floored and frustrated the creation. Thus, only Mid-West Region was created. In 1983, Referendum for Aba State creation was fully conducted and waiting the Announcement before the Military Struck on 31st December, 1983. In 1995, the proposed 50-State Structure of Abacha was to create Aba State, but events in Abacha's death overtook it. It is time to create Aba State. The State covers the vast territory and very densely populated Ngwaland in Abia central and Abia South Senatorial Zones. They more than merit it: it is long overdue.

[2] ADADA STATE

The quest for Adada state creation stated 1987. This is a genuine course pursued by Enugu North Senatorial Zone. Ezeagu people of Enugu West may or may not be part of it unless they so wish. But history and blood ties attract Ezeagu and Udi who are better together. Adada State should be created: they highly merit it.

[3] NJABA or ORLU or ETITI or EQUITY STATE

The quest for the creation started 2001. There are many cleavages to this demand. Some are demanding Orashi State, precisely the Ogota axis of Imo State. But they are too small to form a State because other parts of Orlu Zone do not want to defer to them. So, Orashi State is out of it, otherwise it is genuine.

Orlu State or Njaba State comprises vast communities and local governments in both Imo and Anambra States. It is because of this that it is also called Equity State, even as some communities in Enugu and Ebonyi States which were initially included in the Demand which replaced English word Equity for Igbo word Etiti. However, issues played down on this request as people from Ebonyi State precisely the Afigbo Zone raised alarm that they do not want to be part of the new arrangement. Also, the Greater Awgu of Enugu State gave condition that only when the Capital is at Awgu that they would leave Enugu State. So, they opted out.

Okigwe people of Imo State, like Awgu people of Enugu State, wanted the Capital at Okigwe as a condition for being part of the new arrangement. When it could not hold, they opted out and demanded Ugwuaku State, which like Orashi State, was too small to form a State, and so fizzled out.

So, the remaining people who also originally first demanded Orlu State or Njaba State were:

From Imo State, the following hegemonic people:

  • Njaba, Orlu, Oru, Isu, Nkwerre and Ideato North & South.

From Anambra State, the following hegemonic people:

  • Orumba North and South as well as Ihiala people.

They should be given Orlu State or Njaba State because they merit it.

(4) BLUE RIVER STATE OR MAINLAND STATE

The quest for this State started 2007. Present Rivers State comprises two major blocs: the real Rivers people of Ogoni and Kalabari and Mainland people of Ikwerre and Etche. As real Rivers people go and answer Rivers State, the Ikwerres Etches and Ukwa people of Abia State should form the Blue River State or Mainland State. It is a very genuine demand. They are all Igbos, negating the seemingly boomerang of Biafra defeatism that seemed to have regurgitated Igboness out of the bellies of some genuine Igbos. The State should be created.

[5] ANIOMA STATE

The demand for the State started 2001. It is a genuine request by people who like the Ngwas are shortchanged drastically by hegemonism. They are unique and should get the State. It is for Delta North Senatorial Zone.

[6] OGOJA STATE

The quest for this State started 1995. It is a very genuine case for the vast Cross River North Senatorial Zone. It should be created forthwith. It is genuine request by Ogojas, Ugeps and Itigidis.

[7] OKE-OGUN STATE

It started 1987 and is for Oyo North comprising Oke-Ogun which is very vast and Ogbomosho. At present, some Ogbomoshos are disagreeing with Oke-Oguns and express their desire to be with Oyo Town as part of Oyo State. However, Oke-Ogun is very vast like the Ngwas of Igboland, and so, can comfortably form a State of theirs. They have been duely shortchanged in Oyo State. Their demand is genuine.

[8] IBADAN STATE OR IBARAPA STATE

This demand started 2007. They are the owners of Ibadan City, which ethnically consist Ibarapa in the South and Ibadan at the center. After Ibadan is Oyo City before Ogbomosho to the North and Oke-Ogun at the border with Dahomey or Benin Republic. Ibadan is ancestrally related to Ibarapa and speak almost the same Dialect. They should be given their own State with Oyo, while Ogbomosho is free to choose either to join Oke-Ogun or Ibadan State or Oyo State or Ibarapa State.

[9] IJEBU STATE

The quest started 2007. They are the Ogun North-East. They are hegemonic Dialect in Yoruba and are large to form their state. However, they are smaller in comparism with Ibarapa-Ibadan-Oyo State. They merit it.

[10] ZARIA STATE

They are Kaduna North Senatorial Zone. The quest for the state started 2007. They are the Hausas of Kaduna State and Tudum Wadas of Southern Kano. The Saminakas and Perbenguas of North-East Kaduna State are not Hausas, and so, should eternally remain in Kaduna State . It is a highly genuine State.

[11] AMANA STATE

They are the Southern Borno people, bordering Damboa to the North and Figgi to the East. The quest started 1987. It is a highly genuine request by a people highly shortchanged, though large in all respects.

 

[12] MAMBILA STATE

The quest started 2010. It is a vast territory comprising the Mambilas and Kakas of Mambila Plateau. The Bakis are free to join this State because from Baki to Jalingo is 5- hour drive, but 3-hour to Gembu, Capital of Sarduana Province. This land is very rich in Diamond, Gold, Copper, Tea and other Costly Minerals and Crops. It is a very genuine State demand.

[13] APA STATE

They are for Southern Benue People of Idoma and Igede. The quest started 2001. Igede people in their two local government areas of often express wish to join Ogojas of Cross River rather than Idomas of Benue South. Their wish should be respected. Idomas, however, are large enough to form a State of theirs without Igedes. They should have it. It is a very genuine request.

[14] CONFLUENCE STATE OR OKUN STATE OR OKURA STATE

It started 2001. The “across people” of Kogi State are demanding freedom from Igallas who dominate the State. The state would bring equity as in all other demanded because Okun people – Kabbas, Bunus, Ijumus with Igbominas of Ekiti and Kwara together with Ebira people of Lokoja would combine for either Okun State or Confluence State, while the Igallas could rename Kogi State Okura State or yet answer Kogi State.

2 HANDING OVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS TO RESPECTIVE STATES TO CREATE AS MANY AS THEY CAN COMFORTABLY CATER FOR

A situation where one state is by far, more than two or three states combined in number of local governments, is clear injustice. I have no other word for it.

To nip further convolution(s) in the board, Federal Government should hands off sponsorships or allocations to the Local Government from the Consolidated Fund, deferring to States. States should take over, 100%, creation and sponsorship of local governments. Each State should create as many as it can comfortably sponsor or finance. From this stand point, after the listed 50 States above have been duely created, the sharing formula between States and Federal Government should be:

  • State 70%
  • Federal Government 30%

The unit of collection is the State, while the deductions for both State and Federal Government are made at the Point of Transaction (POT) at the State level.

ALTERNATIVE

The Local Government could be retained as a Third-Tier of Government, but each State should have exclusively between 30-33 Local Governments Areas. In this case, sharing of all collected revenue should be in the formula:

50% to the Local Government

30% to the State

20% to the Federal Government.

The Point of Collection (POC) and Deduction here should be the Local Government.

3 EXCLUSIVE AND CONCURENT LISTS

The Federal Government should have exclusive list on:

  • Military
  • Currency
  • External Affairs
  • Federal Universities & Polytechnics
  • Government Department (Ministries)
  • Key parastatals like Immigration, Airways, Monitoring Agencies like NAFDAC, SON, etc.
  • Police

(i) NNPC and Solid Minerals should go to the States if Revenue is shared between Federal and State Governments (Federal (30%, State 70%).

(ii) Both should go to the Local Government if Revenue is shared among Federal, state and Local governments (Federal 20%, State 30% and Local government 50%).

Ministry of Niger Delta should be disbanded forthwith because it is a conduit pipe to enrich select few of individuals from Niger Delta as cronies of top government officials.

Police should only be with the Federal Government for ten (10) years from the day of implementation of the Constitution. After that, it should return to the State.

CONCURRENT LIST

The issue of Concurrent list should be, 100%, discarded (thrown away) except perhaps for preparatory ground for ten (10) years to hand it over to States. Police could be started with concurrent list to test the workability and lapses for correction before handing if over to the State. At the last count, police should be a State Affair, but not immediately because of impunity by the Governors for now.

4 EXECUTIVE POSTS

The President no longer exercises Executive Powers. If there is a problem, the President summons a State Council Meeting of State Governors and Military and Police Chiefs to deliberate on them for a collective decision reached at 2/3 majority.

President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, BUT shall not act except such as approved by 2/3 majority of the State Council Meeting. The President shall have only exclusive right to administer the Federal Capital Territory and infrastructure and Federal Roads and to manage the Federal Allocation of 30% or 20% as the case may be, in administering ONLY Issues relating to items 1 – 7 in the Exclusive List in [C] above.

The Governors shall have NO Executive Powers, but shall ONLY act as directed by the State Council Meeting which shall comprise: Local Government Chairman and State Police Chiefs. The Governor shall administer ONLY with the State Fund Allocation of 70% if 2-tier Government or 30%, if 3-tier government. Governor shall administer:

  • Secondary Schools
  • State Ministries
  • State Parastatals
  • State University(ies) and State Polytechnic(s)
  • State Airport(s)
  • State Capital Infrastructure
  • State Roads

The Chairman of Local Government shall have NO Executive Powers, but shall ONLY act as directed by Local Government Council Meeting which shall comprise: Traditional Rulers of Local Government and Head of Police.

The Local Government Chairman shall administer:

  • Primary Schools
  • Traditional Institutions via the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Ministry of Culture & Tourism
  • Local Government Roads
  • Markets
  • Sports

The Chairman shall administer with the 50% Allocation in the 3-tier Government.

5 LEGAL SYSTEM

The legal system shall comprise

  • Supreme Court
  • Appeal Court
  • High Court
  • Magistrate Court
  • Customary Court

Both Supreme Court and Appeal Court shall operate at the Federal Level. The High Court and Magistrate Court shall operate at the State level, while the customary court shall operate at the Local Government level.

The Supreme Court shall be headed by Chief Justice. Each State Governor shall appoint one (1) Justice to the Supreme Court. Decision in any case shall be reached by 2/3 majority of Justices to the next immediate whole number. The Chief Justice how shall have NO Veto Power in any decision, is elected by counsels and advocates of the Supreme Count of Nigeria in Meeting – that is a Meeting of all qualified Barristers at law in Nigeria. He shall be disciplined and/or removed by the 2/3 majority of National Assembly.

Appeal Court shall be headed by the President. Judges of the Appeal Court shall be appointed by their State Governors, each State appointing only one (1) Judge. The President of the Appeal Court shall be elected, disciplined and/or removed as in the case of the Chief Justice.

The High Court shall NOT, operate as Federal High Court, but as State High Court. There is nothing like Federal High Court again. The High Court shall be headed by Chief Judge of the State. Every Local Government Area Chairman shall appoint one (1) Judge to the High Court. Chief Judge shall be elected by advocates of the Supreme Court of Nigeria resident in the State, in Meeting. He shall be disciplined and/or removed by 2/3 majority of the State House of Assembly.

The Magistrate Court shall be headed by the Chief Magistrate. Each Local Government Chairman shall appoint one Magistrate to the Court. Election, discipline and or removal of the Chief Magistrate shall be as in the case of Chief Judge of the State.

Each Local Government Area Headquarter shall have atleast; one branch of each of High Court headed by a Judge appointed by the Chief Judge, and atleast one branch of Magistrate Court headed by a Magistrate appointed by the Chief Magistrate.

The Governor shall be duely responsible for opening any branch of both High Court and Magistrate Court on the advice of the State Judicial Council. National Judicial Council (NJC) shall be membered by all qualified Barristers at Law in Nigeria. State Judicial Council (JC) shall have members consisting all qualified Barristers at law resident in the State. Head of the NJC shall be a member of NJC appointed by the President for administration purposes only. SJC shall be headed by a member of SJC appointed by the Governor for administration purposes only.

The Customary Court shall be headed by a Traditional Ruler who shall be elected by a Meeting of Traditional Rulers in the Local Government Area. He shall be removed and/or disciplined by 2/3 majority of Local Government Councillors. The Head of the Customary Court is the Chairman of the Local Government Traditional Rulers Council. Each Autonomous Community shall appoint one (1) Traditional Ruler to the Customary Court. Decision of the Court shall be 2/3 majority of Customary Court members. Customary Court leader, Chief Magistrate, Chief Judge, President of Appeal Court and Chief Justice of the Federation shall have no Veto Powers on the decisions of their Members or Courts. There shall be nothing like State Council of Traditional Rulers.

The elected posts shall ROTATE among the Six (6) Geo-Political Zones on North – South basis for Chief Justice of the Federation and President of Appeal Court.



S/N

ROTATE AMONG

1

North Central

2

South East

3

North East

4

South South

5

North West

6

South West

The elected posts shall ROTATE among the three (3) Senatorial Zones of the State for Chief Judge and Chief Magistrate. The elected posts shall ROTATE among the Autonomous Communities of the Local Government for the Head of the Customary Court who shall be called President of Customary Court.

Customary Court is the Court of first instance, while High Court is the Court of final instance on customary/traditional/cultural matters. The Magistrate Court is the court of first instance in other civil matters. High court is the court of first instance in criminal matters. Supreme Court is the court of final instance in all matters accept customary/traditional/cultural matters.

6 DURATION OF OFFICE FOR ELECTED PEOPLE

All elective posts is, only and only, for one (1) Term of FIVE YEARS (5). These Posts are:

  • President and Vice
  • Governor and Deputy
  • Local Governor Chairman and Deputy
  • National Assembly Members
  • State House of Assembly members
  • Local Government Councilors
  • Chief Justice of Nigeria
  • President of Appeal Court
  • Chief Judge of the State
  • Chief Magistrate of the State
  • President of Customary Court

Only Legislators at National State and Local Government level could be re-elected for a Maximum of Two (2) Terms, not necessarily consecutive.

7 LEGISLATURE

National Assembly shall have only one (1) Arm called Federal House of Representatives. Each Local Government Area shall elect one (1) member to the Federal House of Representatives, and also one (1) member to the State House of Assembly. Each Autonomous Community shall elect one (1) Councilor to the Local Government Area Council.

Each Legislature shall elect its leaders. Legislation shall ONLY BE ON PART TIME BASIS, which sitting shall be a maximum of ONCE in three (3) months of consecutive three (3) day sitting. Only electorate can RECALL elected people.

PART-TIME LAW MAKING

The National Assembly membership should be by Election. But, the Legislation should be on Part-Time basis. Every legislator should have his private business for his livelihood, but should report to National Assembly Complex whenever expected; in which case National Coffers should only bankroll Sitting Allowance. Each Legislator should cater for his Eating and accommodation throughout the period.

8 ELECTORAL BODY

This Body shall be called Federal Electoral Commission – FEDECCO. The leader of this Body shall be Chairman, appointed by the President, but can only be reproved and or disciplined by 2/3 Majority of Federal House of Representatives.

The Chairman of FEDECCO can only be the Chief Returning Officer in Presidential Elections.

Chairman of State FEDECCO is the Chief Returning Officer for Gubernatorial Elections.

Chairman of Local Government of FEDCCO is the Chief Returning Officer for:

(1) Federal House of Assembly Elections

(2) State House of Assembly Elections

(3) Local Government Chairmanship Elections

(4) Councillorship Election

All Electoral Litigations must be CONCLUDED BEFORE Taking Oath of office. High Court is Court of First Instance in electoral matters, while Appeal Court is the Court of Final Instance.

9 SECULARITY OF STATE

Nigeria shall be a, 100% secular State, not multi-religious state. No religion is recognized. No return to-status-quo-ante is allowed. No paring of candidates for election on religious basis. Aberrations like Federal Shania Court, State Shania court, and so on, shall be in-existent in Nigerian constitution. No mention of any Religious Court.

10 CURRENCY

Naira remains Nigeria's Currency with the usual decimal manipulations.

All religious-islamic-Arabic inscriptions on Nigerian's currency should be perfectly deleted. No writings in Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa on naira. Only English language which we all accept as lingua franca. This inscription should read:

“Nigeria stands on The Truth: believes in The Truth, lives the life of The Truth and walks in the way of The Truth”. All our lustrous sons and daughters whose images appear on the naira should be retained. No Banking practice should be based on any religious doctrine. Thus, Islamic banking is an aberration and must be done away with. It should be called “Interest-Free Banking” not Islamic banking.

11 CHILD MARRIAGE

Age of Election shall be Eighteen (18) years minimum. Age of university or tertiary institution should be Eighteen (18) years minimum.

Age of marriage should be Eighteen (18) years minimum. Juvenile courts should try cases of children's misdemeanor. A child is any person BELOW Eighteen (18) years. Whatever the offence, the punishment in Juvenile court should not include death sentence.

PERFECT SECULAR CONSTITUTION: NO SHARIA, NO CHILD MARRIAGE

Sharia and Child Marriage should be 100% removed from the Constitution. No parent(s) should force his daughter or son to marry somebody against his (her) wish. Age of Marriage should be pegged at eighteen (18) years minimum. Below this age, the person is a child or minor, and so, cannot marry or be married to. Sharia is an aberration, a demonic hegemonic system that seeks for 100% islamization of any place. Sharialization is the reason for bokoharam in Nigeria or any other islamic militancy in the world. They will tell you “sharia is for muslims”. But what do we have in Nigeria or anywhere sharia operates? We have a situation where somebody is caught, brought to the islamic leader, held captive, hypnotized and marabutted to renounce her religion on the ground that it is her wish to do so. The greatest undoing of Nigeria's 1999 Constitution is sharia smuggled in by IBB and Abdulsalam Abubakar in secret connivance with supreme council for islamic affairs headed by sultan of Sokoto.

Nigeria should take cue from Egypt, Tunisia, Mali as well as other near-ismalic nations that have rejected sharia system as demonic system, though muslims are in clear majority in those nations. These nations have their reasons for embracing secularity of state, jettisoning the draconic islamic system. Is Nigeria more islamic than Egypt or Mali or Tunisia or Turkey who are opting for secular state status where no one religion is preferred to the other or respected at all in the Constitution? In Nigeria, muslims are less than 20% of the population, yet, they control the machinery of governance through sharia. Why? This Constitution must solve this problem.

12 SECURITY VAULT AND MANAGEMENT OF CONSOLIDATED FUND.

No Government or President shall have security vault. No Executive President or Governor. Nobody should be addressed as His/ Her Excellence. All monies accruable to Federal Government, State Government and Local Government should be paid at source to the Consolidated Account and deducted at SOURCE from the Local Government Area of Transaction. Any amount accruing from each local Government Area and each State s thus verified immediately. From this account, AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS are made into:

(1) Local Government Area – 50%

(2) State Government – 30%

(3) Federal Government – 20%

No Chairman of any parastatal is expected to pay any money into the Consolidated Account because, the person paying in the Money, for any reason (charge), knows already the Account Number of Federal Consolidated Account in any Bank in Nigeria. This Number shall be ONE, but widely advertised for everybody to know.

Allocations to the 3-tier of Government is instantaneously done electronically. Immediately anybody pays in, four people get electronic alert:

  • The Payer (person paying in)
  • The Federal Government
  • The State Government
  • The Local Government

 

Sharing from the Consolidated Account is done in the Ratio:



50%

20%

30%

Local Government

Federal Government

State Government

And also immediately, the three (3) recipients received automatic alert of the fund paid in.

Nobody receives Government Money cash to pay in at a later time. Right from Mineral deposit transactions of usually huge amount, to parastatals like Customs, Federal Roads, Central Bank, and Ministries to payment of rent dues/market dues/stall dues/court fines/and so on, ALL MONIES accruable to Local or State or Federal Government is paid into the Federal Consolidated Account for Disbursement. No money meant for Government in any tier is paid into another Account.

13 EXCLUSIVE LIST FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government shall have Exclusive List on:

(1) Ministry of Establishment

(2) Corporate Affairs Commission and its Registrations of Business Names, Business Premises, Non Governmental Organizations, and so on.

(3) Ministry of Environment

(4) Ministry of Industries

14 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY

There should NOT be any Joint Account between the State and Local Government. Each Local Government should be autonomous in income generation and application. Alternatively, each state should be allowed to create as many Local Government Areas it can afford to sponsor, in which case, National Coffers is to be shared between the State and Federal Government only.

15 OFFICE OF FIRST LADY

This is an aberration. It should not be named at all. Neither the President nor the Governor is anymore executive.

16 REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT/VICE, GOVERNOR/DEPUTY, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN/DEPUTY

(1) President/Vice can be removed by 2/3 majority (i) Federal House of Representatives (ii) State Houses of Assemblies (iii) Local Governments Councillors.

(2) Governor/Deputy can be removed by 2/3 majority of:

(i) State House of Assembly

(ii) Local government Councillors

(3) Local Government Chairman can be removed by 2/3 majority of Local government Councillors.

17 LAND USE ACT

Land Use Act shall be, 100% vested on the decision of 2/3 majority of:

(1) Federal House of Representatives, for Land Use in Federal Capital Territory.

(2) State House of Assembly, for Land Use in State Capital Territory

(3) Local Government Councillors for Land Use in the Local Government Area Headquarters

(4) The gathering of the Aborigenes or Indigenes (Not Settlers) or Dialect Owners or Clan Owners or Tongue Owners of the Area(s) in question.

Note: This gathering does not include Landlords of the area because you maybe a land, but not an Indigene or Dialect Owner of the place(s) in question.

Such a gathering of indigenes MUST be well advertised on atleast three (3) National Dailies, three (3) Television Stations which must include one National and one domain State of the Meeting, and three (3) Radio Stations which must include Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and the domain State Radio. The Place and Time and Agenda must be clearly stated in the Advertisement.

The Gathering must be held in the recognized Community Hall of the area(s) in question.

The decision of these four (4) categories of people in the meetings shall be FINAL in any matters of Land Use within the designated areas of operation.

19 MINERAL DEPOSIT IN A LAND WHERE THE LANDLORD IS CLEARLY IDENTIFIABLE

If Mineral Deposit is found in a land whose landlord (not landowner) is clearly identifiable, identified and clearly known, such a landlord receives 10% of all revenues accruable to the land as a result of mining and exploitation on the land, in which case, the sharing formula becomes:



Land Lord

Local Government Area

Federal Government

State Government

10%

40%

20%

30%

But where the landlord cannot be easily identified or the land is in clear dispute over not less than fifty (50) years from the day of exploitation/mining of the mineral, the sharing formula redounds to

5 : 2 : 3

according to Local Government Area: Federal Government: State Government.

In [19] here, Landlord is:

(i) The persons who legally bought the Land from the Land Owner which duely caused ownership to legally pass as registrable in the State Land Registry.

(ii) The Land Owner inherited from his ancestral fathers which land is not in clear dispute for not less than fifty (50) years from the time of mining and exploitation of the mineral.

20 WAGES, NOT SALARIES AGAIN

Each worker both Government and Private should, henceforth be paid wages as reward per hour worked, and not salaries. This will finally put paid to incessant strikes mesmerizing Nigeria. In the Wages per hour worked to be paid, all benefits/allowances should be included in it. In any hour somebody is about from duty, he does not receive any payment.

21 FORCE RE-ORGANIZATION

Each Senior Military Officer from the Rank of Colonel and above should serve in his State of origin. This applies to Police and all Para-military. Each State leaders of: the Military (Army, Navy or Air Force), Police and all paramilitary shall gather to take decision pertaining to their areas of operations at Abuja. No over all commanders for any Military or Paramilitary outfit. Rather, each State shall have its own Supreme Commander. The Gathering at Abuja is therefore Gathering of Supreme Commanders of Military or Paramilitary.

22 DEFINITION OF AN INDIGENE & A SETTLER

One of the, if not the most important reason for massacre, mayhem, bloodlet and destructive tinge befalling most parts of Northern Nigeria especially Jos, Plateau State is the indigene-settler saga. This anomalous situation was schemed, albeit, by the clandestine machinations and subcutaneous intent of Hausa-Fulani who by their nature are migrants claiming indigeneship of anywhere they settle in, appointing emirs as settlers to rule indigenes after surreptitiously collecting their lands. With their population increased, they look for emirate of that place which only Fulanis rule as war lords to subjugate others to perpetual cultural islamization. This is the untoward situation in Jos, Plateau State. The Constitution must not be non-committal as to who is an indigene separate from a settler.

23 STATEISM NOT REGIONALISM OR ZONEISM

No mention should be made of Region or Zone as tier of Government. Power should be share between Federal and State, and or, Local Government after equal creation, and not between Federal and Regions or Zones.

24 STATE POLICE & STATE ELECTORAL BODY

No State Police and Sate Electoral Body for Ten (10) years of operating the New Constitution. Subsequently, both Police and Electoral Body should be gradually returned to the States and guided with caution until full growth in democratic behavior is achieved.

25 CONSTANCY IN LAUDABLE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES

There should:

OFN – Operation Feed the Nation re-established as the umbrella name for all Agro-based Government Programmes.

FEDECCO - Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECCO) should replace INEC or NEC etc. The problem is not in the name, but in implementation. FEDECCO sounds better than INEC or NEC.

NEPA - National Electric Power Authority should replace PHCN or ECN etc. The problem is not in the name, but in implementation. NEPA sounds better than PHCN or ECN.

26 PRIVATIZE WITH CAUTION

NEPA (PHCN) should be guided by Government even at sale to protect exploitation of Nigerians since everybody is power-dependent. Even in US and other advanced nations, the indigenes are heavily protected and catered for by welfare services provided by the Federal Government, and farmers heavily subsidized and protected in buffer productions. Why should Nigeria's case be different if not our leaders, who for personal enrichment, allow unguided privatization.

 

27 NO RELIGIOUS INSCRIPTION ON NIGERIA'S CURRENCY

Arabic or islamic writing (inscription) on Nigeria's Currency should be 100% removed and replaced with “Nigeria Stands on the Truth”.

28 NO MOTTO OF ANY PUBLIC INSTITUTION IN NIGERIA SHOULD BEAR ANY RELIGIOUS INSCRIPTION

No any governments institution's motto should be written in Arabic, or any other language but English. No government institution should have any religious building inside it. No prayer should be conducted before any public (Nigerian) assignment. Everything prayer should be relegated to the private level.

29 NOT SWEARING, BUT TAKING AN OATH OF OFFICE

Any Swearing in the name of any other thing should be stopped. It should be only administered thus:

“In the Name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I hereby affirm to uphold the Constitution”

 

30 NO GOVERNMENT BUILDING (PUBLIC BUILDING) SHOULD TAKE THE SIGN OF A RELIGION.

No sign of the cross or moon or sword or doom should be allowed in public institution. The present mosque-like structure of National Assembly and Aso Rock should be dismantled and properly re-built.

31 EXIT CLAUSE

Any one particular State or combination of States could elect to exit from the Federation. Notice to this effect shall be duely served on the National Assembly to wit Federal House of Representatives not less than three months to the planed exist date.

For further information or clarification or inquiry into what is submitted in this peace fill free to call the author: COMRADE KINDNESS INNOCENT JONAH;

080-3666-2901 (+234-803-6662-901)

& 080-9595-7698, (+234-809-5957-698)

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1. Goodluck Jonathan

2. David Mark

3. Aminu Tambuwal

4. Pius Anyim

5. Nigerian Judicial Council

6. Nigerian Bar Association

7. Christian Association of Nigeria

8. Supreme Council for islamic Affairs

9. All State Governor

10. All Speakers, State Houses of Assembly

11. Attorney General of the Federation

 

 

 

 

100-YEAR NIGERIA BOOKS

CENTENARY BOOKS OF CELEBRATION

18 BOOKS that you need to READ, that put together, give you the true knowledge of Nigeria.

COMPILED (WRITTEN) BY HUMAN RIGHTS CRUSADERS IN NIGERIA, SO, EXPECT THE BITTER TRUTH, THE WAY IT EXACTLY HAPPENED

1. LORD LUGARD MISTAKE & CORRECTION:

The Book that traces the Origin of Nigeria's Problem, Why is it a Problem in the first place, Why has the Problem lingered, The Amalgamation Document of January I, 1914 secretly reported, Why British Governors of Nigeria continued the Foundation laid by Lord Lugard, and the ONLY Solution to the Problem. A MUST Read by every Nigerian, 10 years and above. Herbert Macaulay and Alexander Sapara Williams confront Lugard on Nigerian Council in 1914.

  • ABA WOMEN'S RIOT:

A Book that traces the origin of Nigeria, 1849 John Beecroft Bights of Benin & Biafra, the Oil Rivers Territory, The politics of Lagos Colony, Partition of Africa, Oil Rivers Protectorate of 1886 & 1893, Direct Administration, British dubious hand over of Bakassi to Germany in 1913, Amalgamation, Ngwas ' demand for Aba City State, King Nwakpuda of Old Umuahia rejects Passage or Railway line in his domain 1912-1913, Onyearna of Eke in Udi District (nyeamaneke) dubious Coal Merchandise in 1915, Lord Lugard 6- Member Nigerian Council, Clifford's Elective Policy, Lugard send Expedition Force to Egbaa land Abeokuta in 1918 and the Real Cause of Aba Women's Riot.

 

3. YAKUBU GOWON FAILS TO COURTMARTIAL NZEOGWU

COUPISTS :

A Book that traces the real cause of Nigerian Jihad otherwise called Nigerian Civil War which more than 99% of Nigerians are ignorant of, Why Gowon did NOT Courtmartial the Coupists already in detention in 1966, The islamic Agenda, Ironsi's Decree 34 of 1966, Ironsi living in fool's paradise, Ironsi deserves death, Obafemi Awolowo released from prison, Gowon declares Republic of Northern Nigeria, All Nigerian Regions' Conference of September

15-21,1966, Britain and Igbophorbia, Obafemi Awolowo becomes Minister of Finance, Isaac Adaka Boro declares Niger Delta Republic, Gowou's Decree of March 1967, lkaa Igbos of Delta and lkwerres of Nde-Ubani Igbos denounce their Ighoness, Ojukwu stops Disintegration of Nigeria, Aburi Conference. The War Declared. Should Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Pay Reparation to Igbos for the War?

4. ONE NIGERIA: THE GRACES & DISGRACES

A Book that 100% X-rays the activities of Britain in Colonial Nigeria. How they did what they did in Independence. How Herbert Macaulay withstood the British before Zik joined him. How Zik was the colossus of Nigerian Independence. How Awo was the turn in the flesh of Bello-Balewa-Britain. How Festus Okotie Eboh was the most corruption politician in Nigerian lexicorn. How Okotie Eboh was used against Zik and Samuel Akintola against Awo to cage the South for the North. The charade called 1959 General Election. Harold Smith's wonderful revelation.

5. CORRECT NIGERIA: MANDATE TO THE PRESIDENT

A Book that squarely blames Nigeria's woos on visionless Presidency since 1960. The Book says “he that is in honour and understandeth not, is like beast that perish”. The Book says that for President to do well, he must have pre-planned on what he needs to do before even vying for Presidency. Positive change is not a per-chance occurrence: it is planned for articulately. The Book gives a graphic example of what it means to plan for people's liberation.

6. IGBOS AND OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: THE PARADOX OF REALITIES IN THE 20-POUNDS SAGA - AN ANALYSIS OF CHINUA ACHEBE'S THERE WAS A COUNTRY: A PERUSAL OF BIAFRAN HISTORY

A Book that 100% explains the enormity of the actions of Awolowo in the war and after the war. The Book humanly exonerates Awolowo from blame in the 1968 Change of Currency Policy usually referred to as Awo's Hunger Policy. The Book 100% blames Awolowo for ENDORSING the 20-Pounds Policy AFTER the war had ended and Gowon pronounced “No Victor No Vanquished”. The Book explains how Gowon armtwisted Awo, used and dumped him. The Book explains the time both Zik and Awo died politically, though they were living as human beings.

7. OJUKWU NOT A REBEL: AN EVENT-TO-EVENT ANALYSIS OF WHAT PROMPTED OJUKWU TO SECEDE

A Book that explains that Igbos were being forced out of Nigeria by wanton killing of Igbos everywhere in Nigeria. Gives graphic details of the steps taken by Ojukwu to resolve the problem without success. Bit by bit account of Sokoto Caliphate action against Ojukwu's Igbos. What Gowon and others now say about the genuiness of Igbos' secede.

8. IGBOS IN HISTORY: A CHRONOLOGY OF THE ORIGIN OF IGBO TRIBE, DIALECTICAL SPREAD, CHECKMATES AND EGALITARANIANISM

A Book that traces the origin of tribes. How language originated. How tribe came into being. How Dialect came into being. How Tongue came into being. How Igbos faired in history. The outstanding character of Igbos in history. The missionaries in Igboland. Hatred among Igbos. How Igbos can come back to where they were in history.

9. IGBOS AND THE BASTARD CHILD: AN ANALYSIS OF OJUKWU'S FAMILY AS AN EXTRAPOLATION TO THE HUMAN RACE

A Book that traces origin of a Bastard Child in Igbo land. Who is a Bastared Child? How does most Igbo culture treat Bastared Child? How does Bible treat a Bastared Child?

Ohu (Oru) – Nmaji-Umeh – Evil Forest in Igboland. How different cultures in Igboland treat Outcasts. Who is an Outcast in Igboland? Osu Cast System in Igboland and how different cultures in Igboland treat them. Why it is most satanic to treat someone as Osu or call some one Osu.

10. CHINUA ACHEBE AS THE FATHER OF AFRICAN LITERATURE

The Book that traces the origin of literary writings in African. Differences in the writings of early literary writers. How Chinua Achebe changed the face of African writing to fight colonialism. What makes Achebe's writings unique. Those who say NO to Chinua Achebe as the Father of African Literature, and why they say so? Critics themselves even agree unanimously that Chinua Achebe is the Father of African Literature.

11. POEMS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE: AN ANALYSIS OF MISMANAGEMENT OF HUMAN & MATERIAL RESORUCES ISN NIGERIA BY THE POLITICAL-MILITARY CLASS IN GOVERNANCE

A Book that x-rays corruption in the corridors of Power in Nigeria. How government officials loot Nigeria dry. How they useless girls and ladies and enslave them. How corruption has defined the landscape of higher institutions in Nigeria. How the following personalities fought corruption in Government in Nigeria: Chima Ubani – Gani Fawehinmi – Wole Soyinka – Ayo Obe/Titus Mann – Beko Kuti – Omoyole Sowore – Colonel Umar Ganiwa.

12. COURT-CASE-CORRUPTION: A POETIC EXPOSITIO OF CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT IN NIGERA

A Book that exposes corruption in Government Quarters in Nigeria in the Civil Rule beginning from 29 May 1999. It exposes how Nigerian Government Officials quarrel among themselves and loot Nigeria dry. Foreign accounts of politicians. Skewed privatization system. Election rigging in Nigeria.

13. RULE OF LAW: THE GREATEST FRADSTAR IN NIGERIA?

What is Rule of Law (ROL)? What is Rule of Justice (ROJ)?

What is the difference between ROL and ROJ? What does Nigeria need: ROL or ROJ? The meaning of Justice.

14. LEGISLATURE AS ANCHORHOLD ON ANTI-CORRUPTION

A Book that exposes the force of utmost control inherent in the Legislature also called Congress also called Parliament. A Book that places the failure of Government to the failure of Legislature.

Jaja Wachukwu – Inua Wada – Joseph Wayas – Edwin Umezuoke – William Wilberforce Chika Okadigbo – The meaning of Lobbying Differences among lobbying – Bribery – Welfarism – Public Relations.

15. BUILD NIGERIA ON SYSTEM (BNS)

A Book that traces poor governmental performance in Nigeria to poor system build. Nigeria building great men in Governance rather than Great System of Governance, is the reason for mis-governance.

16. NIGERIAN ALMAJIRI & HUMAN RIGHTS CRUSADE

A Book that traces the origin of almajari in islamic faith. Traces the deference between Nigerian almajiri and almajiri's elsewhere in islamic world. Blames 100% backwardness of Northern Nigerian hinterlands on the deceit of almajirai. Intelligent brains wasted in the persons of almajiri's. Almajiri is, 100%, an abuse of humanity and 100% of a rule of injustice.

17. HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW

A Book that answers the questions: * Will a Lawyer go to heaven?

* Are Lawyers liars?

A Book that defines what Human Rights really is, separate from what people suppose it is. Ethos of Geneva Convention on Human Rights. Ethos of Cairo Convention on islamic Human Rights. Difference between General Convention on Human Rights and Cairo Convention on islamic Human Rights. Is Cairo Convention on Human Right an abuse to humanity?

18. INDIGENE – SETTLER SAGA IN NIGERIA: CONSTITUTION AS SOLUTION

A Book that clearly differentiates an Indigene from a Settler by authoritatively defining the two. Treats Indigene-Settler saga as Nigeria's number one and most pressing problem that needs urgent attention. States that, only and only, the Constitution can solve Indigene-Settler Saga in Nigeria. Traces the origin of Indigene-Settler Saga in Jos, Plateau State. What indigenes of Jos could have done in 1873 when tin was discovered in Bauchi Plateau now called Jos Plateau, but they didn't do it, which has resulted to constant waste of life in Plateau.

 

COMPILED (WRITTEN) BY ROMKEEP:

RIGHTS OF MAN KEEP, A HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP.

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