Lower Niger Congress Calls For Referendum On The Independence Of Eastern Nigeria

Lower Niger Congress Calls For Referendum On The Independence Of Eastern Nigeria

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on April 22, 2015
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Yes and No campaign signs on a lamppost in Blantyre. (Photo Credit: The Guardian/Murdo MacLeod)

The Lower Niger Congress (LNC), an advocacy group for the ‘liberation of the South-South and South-East’ people of Nigeria’ has called for a restructuring of the nation pointing out the need for each region to feel equal with other regions while taking advantage of their resources for the betterment of the people.

The group insisted that the actions of the just concluded general elections was a conspiracy against the two regions by the North and the South West because they were trying to sustain the slave/master relationship while also controlling the federal units.

Speaking to newsmen, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the spokesperson of the group, Tony Nnadi, pointed out that the 75 million people that made up the two regions needed to be able to decide whether or not they wanted to remain in the Nigerian state. He also stated that the LNC are treated as a conquered people despite the much celebrated democracy, he went ahead to say that the electoral act was highly disregarded by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the just concluded general elections. he further revealed that the south east and south south regions which make up the LNC were planning a self determination referendum.

Also speaking, the President of LNC, Elder Fred Agbeyegbe stated that; “Even though many disputations around our constitutional foundation remain unattended to and particularly without any hope of federalism being ushered into Nigeria, Nigeria has, once again, had an election, which the international community with their so-called interest in the workings of democracy, have, from reports submitted by their appointed observers, adjudged peaceful, free and fair.

“We are, nevertheless, compelled to observe that, even if the rest of the world cannot see through the facade of a penchant for democracy, we, the ethnic nationalities, minorities, owners of the resources, victims of and for whose sake the Nigerian brand of democracy was wrought, are aware that their commercial interests in a peaceful Nigeria, overrides any pretended interest in democracy.

“Why else should the European Union and the United States of America, the citadels of the principles of equality, equity, fairness and justice, accept rules of democracy couched from a slavery-enacting document like the 1999 Nigerian Constitution imposed by one group in Nigeria over all else who had no participation in its making and from whence comes the Nigerian notion of democracy, considering that the Constitution is the instrument mandating the elections they came to Nigeria to observe?

“Perhaps it is better left to posterity to ponder Foreign Secretary Kerry’s goading to quick elections in Nigeria in the same 2015, in which, based upon knowledge that so many ethnicities are entrapped in its slavery, some other Americans predicted that 2015 would usher in the death of Nigeria as a nation state. For our part, the writing is now on all walls, that it is time that those of us entrapped in the Lower Niger, the area more at the receiving end of Nigeria’s feudalistic system driven by the 1999 Constitution, should, soonest, examine our obviously un-abating status of ‘’slaves.”

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