Nigeria: The Contradictions (Part 16)

By Ikenga Chronicles December 7, 2017

Nigeria: The Contradictions (Part 16)

— Baron Roy

We have established that the military coup by Nzeogwu on January 15, 1966 was illegal however altruistic they thought it was. We have also established that the Unification Decree 33 of May 24th, 1966 was illegal. The suspension of the 1963 Republican Constitution was illegal. All actions and activities of the country post-15th January, 1966 were illegal. The last time Nigeria existed on legality was January 15th, 1966. By law, the 1999 Constitution is illegal. Illegality cannot beget legality. That is International and Natural Law.

The Caliphate used the opportunity of the Civil War to perpetuate this illegality till date. The hapless South, has strived to thrive in this illegality by not insisting on the right thing to be done. Rather, the South has attempted to confer legality on this. The South has struggled to match the Caliphate-controlled North but has been glaringly at a disadvantage. The Caliphate created Nigeria as we now know it; the South can NEVER defeat them on their own turf!

A simplistic way of forcing the hand of the Caliphate is for the South to come together under the leadership of a formidable committee, withdraw ALL Southern House of Rep members, Senators, Ministers, Governors and whatever from any form of governance in Nigeria. Absolute non-participation in governing the caliphatic Nigeria and cede the Presidency to the North; oil and all. Sounds crazy? It is not! The North would appeal for negotiations and we would all go to the table for serious discussions.

As simplistic and achievable this method is, it is fraught with pitfalls:

1. The average Southern politician that has had a taste of the unfortunate cake baked by the hapless owners of the oil, would be reluctant to let go of easy oil money
2. The average Southern politician is unscrupulous, without principles, and  spineless
3. Even if this method were to immediately bring the desired result, it might have very little impact on the fortunes of the average Southern citizen as he’s without leaders, and without effective local governance.

From the foregoing, the question of leadership and organization in Southern Nigeria becomes more stringent. For the South to make any meaningful impact on changing their fortunes, a strong leadership must be engendered. The leadership pre-1897 is the most obvious fallback position. Let’s explore:

The pre-British era was dominated with kingdoms and empires. These have been carved-up into states and LGAs that are not organic and provide next to nothing for the teeming populace. So, each former kingdom is advised to metamorphose into a Province such that we would have the Ogoni, Igbo, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Calabar, Yoruba, Ogoja, Urhobo, Benin, Auchi, etc provinces. Each province shall elect a council of 10 secretaries to oversee their affairs. The chairman of each province shall be the Chancellor of the province. Each province shall govern itself as they would want from education to economy, security, judiciary and others.

Each province shall organise itself in such a way that every town, village and city shall have its own municipal government headed by a mayor. Each town, village or city shall model its enclave in the best way that suits it. They shall have their own police, judiciary, county jails, etc. They shall be responsible for the development their cities, power, roads, hospitals, etc. Each municipality shall collect taxes for their funding, and for the betterment of their people. An agreed percentage of the municipal tax-income shall be sent to the Provincial Government. The Provincial Government shall coordinate the affairs of its municipality. Each Province shall strive to build a Dubai, a Scotland or a Hong Kong within Nigeria despite the shenanigans of the Caliphate.

Now, all ethnic-based province shall convoke and form an association of Southern Provinces with a common agenda. They shall form a Cabinet with all the Provincial Chancellors as members. Among the Chancellors, a Premier of Southern Nigeria shall be chosen.

All these could be achieved despite the Caliphate and Nigeria as constituted. The governors and all other Nigerian politicians are ignored. The oil income is ignored. An alternative government that would not be at loggerheads with the current calipahatic Nigeria is effectively birthed. The success or failure of this would now be in the hands of the citizen and not in the hands of the Caliphate.

This is Organic Restructuring. Is the South ready?

To be continued

  • This piece is culled from the book Taming The Jungle by Baron Roy.