The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has written an open letter to the United Nations (UN), leaders of world powers and other influential institutions in Nigeria and abroad, alleging a ‘Fulanisation Policy’ by President Muhammadu Buhari
Recipients on the letter include the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, (UNO); The Security Council of the UNO; the President of the United States of America; the Speaker of the Congress and Leader of the Senate of the United States of America; European Union and European Parliament; the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the House of Commons, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs of Nigeria.
In the letter penned by its Spokesman, Mr. Ayo Opadokun, and also addressed to President Buhari, NADECO also stated that the President’s alleged disregard for the Nigerian Constitution was fuelling separatist movements across the country.
The coalition wrote: “Other than diminishing Democracy to a virtual dictatorship, NADECO wonders by which Section of our Ill-founded and presently extremely beleaguered so called Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution 1999.
“Do the trio of your good self, Mr. President, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives aided by your hound dog, the Minister of Justice, public service officers all, with specific functions set out in the Constitution, find the justification to judge yourselves entitled to jump uninvited, with decrying statements, into the compendium of frays between trespassing Fulani herdsmen and ancestral land owners exercising their primordial rights to decide whom they want or do not want on their lands? (Local lands, i.e. upon which the Chief Security Officers of the State and localities do not only have supervisory authority, but were also already mentoring).
“Perhaps because the President is the Patron of the Fulani Herdsmen and Cattle Traders, (Miyetti Allah), land owners’ rights must be suspended in awe of such trespassers.
“It said needless to say that it was such defence for specially preferred ethnicities that had led to the various discomfort experienced by groups like Ndigbo and the whole of the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria, who have reached the end of their tether, seeking to get out of Nigeria.
“This is due to the unacceptability of this administration’s now obvious Policy of Fulanisation and the President’s refusal to discontinue operating Nigeria in accordance with a ‘Constitution concocted to fraudulently obtain the consent of the people of Nigeria to surrender their sovereignty, lands, resources and rights to the control of the promoters of the forged constitution and a clever ploy to transfer the resources protected by the independence constitution for the ethnicities in the spaces where they are found, to the 1999 Constitution and the President’s preferred and substituted beneficiaries.”
“In all the circumstances of this matter, NADECO has no alternative but to join in the insistence that there better be no more elections under the 1999 so called Federal Constitution, until we return to the negotiated 1960 and 1963 Federal Constitutions to which Nigerians subscribed at independence and when we became a republic.”
Extrapolating data from the office of the Accountant General as published by the Ministry of Finance in April 2013, NADECO pointed out that the 357 local governments of the 17 Southern States receive 45.1% and contribute 100 per cent, while the 419 local governments of the 19 Northern States receive 54. 9% and contribute 0.00 per cent.
NADECO declared: “The foregoing narrative explains why the owners of Nigeria were not given the opportunity to participate in Constitution making whilst the Tables of Rights of the component parts of the Country show the reasons why you, Mr. President and your preferred citizens will forever not allow Nigeria to go back to what was agreed and formed part of the Independence Constitution; making One Nigeria the biggest fraud ever.”