NIGERIA’S LEADING PRO-DEMOCRACY group, National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, has formally written a “Save our Souls” letter to the United Nations, UN; drawing the world body’s attention to the increasingly deplorable situation in Nigeria, and requested that the international organisation steps-in and prevent the country from imminent collapse.
Nigerians and the international community are becoming scared and concerned about the deteriorating national security and political stability in the country; which they fear, could become an evil wind that blows no Nigerian any good. And NADECO is aptly joining concerned Nigerians and the diaspora in soliciting assistance from the UN, to nip the situation in the bud.
NADECO had written President Buhari over rising insecurity and other challenges in the country and canvassed the return to 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, to replace the extant Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, said to be flawed, and imposed on Nigerians by the military government.
Ayo Opadokun, NADECO’s General Secretary and Spokesman, signed the “Save our Souls” letter to the UN; which was made available to the media, yesterday. The letter referred to the earlier one NADECO wrote to President Buhari titled: “Re-Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari about the Unacceptable Deterioration of National Security and Political Stability Under Your Watch”.
In the letter to the UN, NADECO stated: “We, the National Democratic Coalition, on behalf of Nigeria write to formally request you to use your good offices to take immediate and concrete steps to halt the fast deterioration of national security and political stability in Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s current situation is so deplorable because of the imposed centralist and unitary 1999 Constitution, which was manufactured by a military clique and imposed upon us. Ethnic nationalities who were the building blocks upon which the British colonialist constructed Nigeria had clamoured, appealed and cautioned the sectional military wing ruling Nigeria (foisting former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan) as surrogates, for Nigeria to return to a federal constitution upon which Nigeria secured its independence in 1960 but their interventions had always been met with disdain and provocative responses. Nigerians have never accepted the suspension, and abrogation of the negotiated Independence Constitution.”
NADECO informed the UN that the ethnic nationalities contained in the “attached open letter to president Buhari” could no longer accept to be treated as slaves and inferior citizens in “this British contrived” political space.
Is NADECO returning to trenches for the restoration of true democracy in Nigeria; this time, premised on the return to 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, against the contrived 1999 Constitution by the military regime? NADECO was in the frontline, clamouring for the return to democracy in Nigeria, during the “iron man” General Sani Abacha’s military regime, which led to the return to civilian rule in 1999.
MEANWHILE, A BODY of Christian clerics and members of the Centre for Justice, Religion and Ethnicity, CJRC, took its turn to call on the National Assembly to commence impeachment process of President Buhari to save Nigeria from crisis.
Rev Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, Director-General of CJRC, told journalists in Kaduna, yesterday, that: “If the National Assembly refuses to impeach President Buhari, he will lead Nigeria to another war. For the lawmakers to save the nation, they should commence impeachment process against him and save the country now,” the body warned.