1st October, 2021

Fellow Nigerians

Gentlemen of the Press

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

OCTOBER 1, is a very important date in the history of Nigeria. Nigeria obtained her Independence on that day from the British Colonial masters. It was supposed to be Political, social and economic independence.

Today being October 1, 2021 Nigeria is once again celebrating her 61st anniversary with pomp and pageantry and official celebrations organized by the Government of the federal Republic of Nigeria all across the world.  It has become merely an annual ritual. It is no longer the celebration of Independence anniversary

The real question that comes to the mind of every Nigerian is EXACTLY WHAT ARE NIGERIANS CELEBRATING?

Are Nigerians celebrating mediocrity?

Are Nigerians celebrating nepotism?

Are Nigerians celebrating lopsided appointments into key government positions?

Are Nigerians celebrating the fact that all the security agencies are headed by on ethnic group?

Are Nigerians celebrating the citing of a Naval Base in Kano?

Are Nigerians celebrating allocation oil blocks to the people of one ethnic group?

Are Nigerians celebrating the genocide going in the South East and the Middle Belt, the killings in the South East and the Niger delta regions?

Are Nigerians celebrating the constant slaughtering of Christians in the middle Belt?

Are Nigerians celebrating terrorism, Boko haram, banditry, Fulani herdsmen, unknown gun men, etc?

Are Nigerians celebrating unemployment?

Are Nigerians celebrating the unprecedented devaluation of the Naira?

Are Nigerians celebrating a shattered economy?

SO WHAT IS NIGERIA CELEBRATING IN THIS 61ST ANNIVERSARY OF HER INDEPENDENCE?

The Nigerian question has attained a crisis proportion which if not arrested will lead to an imaginable destination- the disintegration of Nigeria. Nigerians feel that they have taken enough punches and have decided that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Nigerians are fired up and can take it more.

It is against this backdrop that the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, met with the representatives of the Ethnic Nationalities of the Middle, South west, Niger delta and South on Wednesday 29th of September 2021 in a virtual meeting in Washington DC USA.

The indigenous nationalities discussed the Fundamentals of a New Governance Framework for a Restructured Nigeria and resolved to convene a three-day conference titled International Conference on Nigeria to hold in Washington DC USA from March 4-6, 2022 to discuss how to move Nigeria forward via restructuring or a peaceful dissolution of it.

The ethnic nationalities also formally inaugurated the Organizing Committee to plan the conference. The Committee was inaugurated by Prof. Anthony Ejiofor, Co-chairman of the Committee and Chairman of World Igbo Congress (WIC). Prof. Ejiofor in his Inaugural Speech read out the terms of reference members and charged them to consider their as a call to save Nigeria.

Sovereignty and powers to determine governance frameworks for the people of Nigeria lies not with the National Assembly, which in itself is a creation of the 1999 Constitution: a mere schedule of annexure to military enacted Decree 24 of 1999. Rather it lies with the constituent peoples of the respective territories of Nigeria. The mission of NADECO and the organizations is to bring into effect these axiomatic characteristics of a federal governance framework.

The ethnic nationalities are to exercise their sovereign rights to formulate and agree on the governance framework to suit themselves. The sovereignty, powers, and authority to formulate or chart a way for a new Nigeria guided by rule of law, equity, fairness and justice lie jointly and severally with all the ethnic nationalities.

Nigeria can only be organized and governed only on the basis and understandings of governance framework which is mutually negotiated and not dictated to the peoples of Nigeria.

The International Conference on Nigeria is designed to bring together every ethnic nationality in the Middle Belt, Northern, South-East, South-South and South-West Zones or Territories to discuss how to restructure Nigeria or how to dissolve it if all efforts to do the former fail. This takes Nigerians back to 1954.

The foregoing is the fundamental DECLARATION of faith that NADECO and the collaborating organizations wish to contribute so that we can live in peace with one another in Nigeria. We hereby commit to its realization.

LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE NIGERIA

Lloyd F. UKWU,

Executive Director

National Democratic Coalition (NADECO)

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