- The Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) called for a re-negotiation of the content of the Nigerian constitution and structure of the federation
- They restated their call for decentralization of powers to natives and residents of Abuja to enable them elect our own governor, have an FCT House of Assembly, and a judiciary
- The OIDA declared that they have a right to self-determination and would not go along with any of the majority groups in the country
As the agitation for Biafra continues, the Indigenous people of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have warned that they will also seek an independent status if Nigeria eventually breaks up.
Pastor Danladi Jeji, the President of the Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja stated this resolve in a statement which was also signed by Sumner Shagari Sambo, the group’s media adviser.
According to reports, the group stated that until their territory becomes an autonomous city-state with socio-political and economic sovereignty, they would ask the United Nations to govern the 8,000sq kilometers territory through a transitional arrangement.
The statement read: “We have watched with dismay as federal authorities and security agencies look on as separatist and expulsionist groups have a field day calling for dismemberment of Nigeria or giving quit notices to fellow Nigerians. We condemn all of these shady characters and agitations in strong words.
“Nigeria is bigger than all of us but it is also not non-negotiable as erroneously believed in some quarters, especially by those in power.
“Abuja natives believe that we can re-negotiate the content of the Nigerian constitution and structure of the federation by devolving more powers to the states and other constituent parts such as the FCT.
“Abuja natives believe in correcting state-sanctioned injustices in Nigeria through peaceful, political, legislative or judicial methods rather than unilateral declaration of secession or expulsion of non-indigenes through violent means hence our recent approach to sue the federal government last year at the ECOWAS Court of Justice for forceful usurpation of our ancestral lands and denial of several human and democratic rights by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The judgment of which we await.
“We have in years past canvassed for decentralization of powers to natives and residents so that we can freely elect our own governor, have an FCT House of Assembly, an FCT judiciary and expand the democratic space through more representatives in the National Assembly rather than the present military contraption in which a minister, who knows half to nothing about the area, is appointed to govern the Territory while the 1999 Constitution same time refers to the President as ‘Governor’ of FCT (see Section 299).
“This has often led to neglect of satellite towns, suburbs and rural communities in the territory as a result of the activities of the city-centred minister and decadent administrative structure.
“This shows that Nigeria’s grundnorm is faulty and needs urgent amendment.
“We are minorities consisting of nine tribes and bourgeoning residents who have a right to self-determination hence none of the majority regions or ethnicities should think that we will go with them.
“We urge more peace and unity at the moment but should the Nigerian federation be dissolved, we shall have no choice than to seek an independent status from the northern or southern groups agitating for separate countries at the moment. Like Kosovo, we shall seek the United Nations’ administrative, civil and military support to declare an autonomous status of self-government.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, stated that there is nothing anybody can do against actualizing Biafra as a nation because Igbos have crossed the point of no return.
Kanu also said that nothing can make them reverse on their decision from breaking away from Nigeria.
Kanu said: "If I am alive or dead wherever I may be, Biafra will come. If I die, it will be better because it will even make it come quicker."
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