Why We Insist On Self-Determination, By Niger Delta Group
THE Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) has said that it has resolved to pursue its quest for self-determination to the logical conclusion because that is the minimum guarantee for fairness, equity and elimination of all forms of corruption in Nigeria.
Environmental rights activist and convener of NDSDM, Annkio Briggs, restated the demand at a press conference in Lagos, noting that northern leaders, especially those in the military, programmed the country to favour their region at the expense of others.
Briggs lamented that, from Nigeria’s independence till this day, the socio-economic situation of Nigeria has continued to depend on the foundations of political corruption, which ensures that the whole country exists to humour the northern region.
In an address titled Nigeria: Equity, Corruption and Justice, the activist observed that while some people equate self-determination to automatic secession, NDSDM recognises it as “the freedom of all indigenous peoples to determine their future by exercising their right to choose the way they want to be governed.”
She declared that instead of asking for secession, “we, the Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM), have volunteered our diverse knowledge and expertise to intellectually and collectively advocate for the self-determination of all our peoples in the Niger Delta, through a non-violent and peaceful, but effective approach.”
She said, “Without mincing words, we make bold to restate that our lands and its abundant resources were sequestrated from us by the Hausa-Fulani and their associated military governments, through the barrel of the gun and without our free, prior and informed consent.
“Consequently, over the years, well-meaning Nigerians have drawn attention to the inadequacies in the current Nigerian constitution, the military-inspired document that did not take into consideration the genuine desires, wishes and aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta and other minorities in Nigeria.”
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