FAQs with Tony Nnadi, Secretary-General of Lower Niger Congress
(Please also watch the Zoom meeting titled, “Activating The People’s Power With Tony Nnadi, July 17, 2021; Recording Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3l0B8TXnMw)
(1) What is NINAS and how does NINAS intend to deliver the indigenous nationalities of Nigeria from the bondage they are caught in?
NINAS is an aggregation of self-determination initiatives responding together as a Movement, to the Islamic Sharia taken up by 12 contiguous states of the core north (Arewa Bloc), against the background of the imposed 1999 Constitution. In so doing, Arewa Bloc breached the conditions agreed upon before Independence that the Union of Nigeria would be a secular one. Arewa’s taking up of Sharia has been interpreted as an act of Secession, and it placed the non-Sharia part of Nigeria in mortal danger because Sharia is not only against the principles of Democracy, but it stands for death to any who does not subscribe to Sharia. We are now suffering killings and brigandage, and the remedy is to retrieve our self-determination hijacked by the illegitimate 1999 Constitution.
Our self-determination is seized by a 1999 Constitution that we did not make and forces us into a destructive Union that we did not agree to. This intolerable situation culminated in NINAS Proclaiming a Constitutional Force Majeure on 16th December 2020 to end the fraud, and we raised a Union Dispute. The NINAS Movement insists on the inalienable right to self-determination and rejects the Union created by the imposed and illegitimate 1999 Constitution. We have also let the international community know that we have a non-violent proposition: so unitary Nigeria must end, and fresh protocols are democratically agreed upon. The NINAS Movement follows an orderly process for indigenous ethnic nationalities to regain their self-determination in their ancestral land. That is what it is all about.
(2) We hear about Self-Determination, Restructuring, Referendum, and all kinds of other Campaigns. It seems all confusing and at times we wonder whether there is anything linking these Campaigns that can create or support synergy amongst proponents of these various Campaigns for quicker success?
Yes. Very much so. All are complaining about one constitutional grievance or another. For example, Niger Deltans want resource control denied them by the illegitimate 1999 Constitution foisted upon them – so they want self-determination. People want to control their resources and their future – that is a desire for self-determination. The demand for “Restructuring” is also driven by the desire for self-determination. Now, the Referendum is the mechanism by which the degree of self-determination the people want, is decided. Do they want 60% self-determination? Or 80%? Or 100%? The people decide by Referendum.
NINAS Movement has a framework for Regional Referendums that the international community can relate to, and that interfaces with existing governance structures. It should be made clear that the right to self-determination does not depend on what Abuja (government) thinks. The government itself is a by-product of that 1999 Constitution, and so too is unitary Nigeria. All that is needed is for organized ethnic nations to have an orderly process to present to relevant international bodies and to go to their Referendums. This is what the NINAS Movement provides, as we seek relief from an illegitimate and entrapping document, the so-called, “1999 Constitution”.
Therefore, all those individuals and groups seeking Restructuring or full Independence should join with the NINAS movement since it is not by imposition, but the people will decide how much self-determination they want through Regional Referendums.
(3) From the December 16, 2020 Proclamation of the Constitutional Force Majeure, so much has happened in Nigeria around the subject raised by the Proclamation. Can you take us briefly through the Progress that has been made toward the Desired Destination? Where are we now? And what are the next steps for attaining the Outcome we seek?
So much has happened. Including China pulling back from giving Nigeria a loan. By declaring a Constitutional Force Majeure (CFM) on 16th December 2020, Nigeria became a Disputed Project (because of the Union Dispute). Therefore, any loans entered into from that date come into controversy. We also have the recent USA arms sale embargo against the government
Within 48 hours of the CFM declaration, the Senate began to talk about “constitutional amendments”. What they listed as thematic areas were taken from the grievances listed in the CFM Proclamation. When they began their charade, we reminded them that the National Assembly (NASS) does not have the powers (mandate) for constitution-making. Their pretense soon collapsed. Constitution-making requires constituent powers, and that belongs to the people for they have sovereignty. The NASS is compounding their treason by pretending that we have a Constitution in the first place. They are defying the people. They are defying the people’s sovereignty.
We are making fairly good progress along our pathway to self-determination. Please see the reply to the questions:
- How far has LNC reached in getting self-determination? and
- When will we get self-determination?
(4) Will there be War?
(5) Will People lose their properties Domiciled outside their Home Regions?
(6) How do we get the majority required in the National Assembly to make a new Constitution?
(7) But we are Landlocked.
(8) Is NINAS trying to split Nigeria or fix Nigeria?
(9) We can see the advantages of being an Alliance bloc now and after sovereignty is restored. What disadvantages or challenges do you foresee for the Alliance blocs and what is being done to address those challenges?
(10) What differentiates NINAS from groups such as IPOB?
Firstly, NINAS is a Movement, not an organization. The self-determination organization in our Bloc is Lower Niger Congress (LNC). LNC promotes non-violence and transparency. We have dialogued with the ethnic nationalities in our Bloc; we have held a Solemn Assembly where our map was agreed upon and further consolidation work mandated; we have a clear strategy engaging the ethnic nationalities in our Bloc and Alliance: we have a known destination; we are using internationally acceptable mechanisms that include a transitioning arrangement and Regional Referendums.
Over the years, LNC has kept on repeating that the word “Biafra” is an obstacle, and it hinders those seeking self-determination. What “Biafra” today means to the non-Igbo ethnic nations of our Bloc is Igbo domination and Igbo annexation of their ancestral lands. LNC is therefore not in any way associated with the term “Biafra”. It is SELF-DETERMINATION that LNC is about.
Please also see the reply to the question:
- Is LNC linked to “Biafra” or “Biafra Restoration”?
(11) Should we be concerned about Nigeria’s representative at the UN, Amina Mohammed?
(12) Nigeria seems to be crushing all opposition. How do we ensure that Nigeria does what NINAS has demanded?
(13) How do you reconcile the national interests of foreign governments such as the United States and NINAS’ prescriptions for Nigeria?
Why the name “Lower Niger” Congress?
In seeking self-determination, United Nations guidelines need to be followed. Using a name with the word “Biafra” in it would not meet a key UN requirement of having a PRECISE map of the area in question. We, therefore, did some research and came upon an 1885 map of our area where the region we are interested in was called the “Lower Niger”. This refers to the lower part of the River Niger as it flows out into the sea. [The Upper Niger area would be near the source of this great River, in south-eastern Guinea]. Calling our region Lower Niger met the stringent UN conditions, and it has a rich history, so we also decided to name our self-determination organization after this great area. That has been an excellent decision because we have had much success as “Lower Niger Congress” and we are achieving all that we had set out to do.
(For more information on self-determination guidelines, do read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), 2007)
Who is LNC working for?
How is LNC linked to the NINAS Movement?
NINAS is a MOVEMENT, that is, it is a mass of people all seeking and working for a common goal – in this case, it is a Movement for self-determination for each ethnic nation in our Territory. That is, in the Lower Niger Bloc, the Oodua Bloc, and the Middle Belt Bloc.
Whereas, Lower Niger Congress (LNC) is the self-determination ORGANISATION for our Bloc that guides the NINAS Movement. LNC is the lead organization in our Alliance and is the custodian of the self-determination process and Constitutional Force Majeure strategy.
Is LNC linked to “Biafra” or “Biafra Restoration”?
No. Lower Niger Congress (LNC) is not in any way at all linked to “Biafra” or “Biafra Restoration”. The word “Biafra” is too contentious and does not come with a specific map of its area, so for the self-determination process, it does not satisfy United Nations (UN) requirements. LNC is an authentic self-determination organization that goes for what works! LNC is not out to deceive. Meanwhile, the “Biafra Restoration” lot by the name of Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB), was identified in the influential American USCIRF Annual Report 2020 (page 27) as one of the violent groups causing concern in Nigeria.
Moreover, in May 2021 LNC’s Alliance partner among the Yoruba, Ilana Omo Oodua had to issue a Disclaimer against IPOB and its leader for fabricating news in their attempt to deceive the public. The Disclaimer was published in several national newspapers plus placed on IOO’s website under the title, “Ilana Omo Oodua Is Not In Any Working Relationship With Nnamdi Kanu And IPOB”,
In fact, some experts in international Law Enforcement have described IPOB as a violent (street) gang. LNC has over the years published Notices and videos thoroughly distancing ourselves from IPOB so as to make it clear that LNC (like IOO) is not in any way working with IPOB or “Biafra Restoration”.
However, knowing the emotional tie that some people have with the word “Biafra”, LNC welcomes any who genuinely seeks self-determination, to key into the NINAS Movement so as to safely obtain that independence they seek through our genuine, non-violent and ORDERLY PROCESS. Nevertheless, given that the word “Biafra” is an obstacle to obtaining self-determination, that word would have to be set aside so that we continue to get success with UN procedures.
How is the self-determination work funded?
How can I get involved?
We always have a need for volunteers. Please go to the “Volunteer” tab on our home page.
What we each should be doing anyway, since the self-determination we seek is for each of us, is to use our social media handles to spread awareness about LNC and the NINAS Movement.
Who is eligible to join LNC?
What is wrong with the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria?
How far has LNC reached in getting self-determination?
When will we get self-determination?
Each of the indigenous ethnic nationalities in our Lower Niger Bloc will get their self-determination as soon as our Bloc keys into the NINAS Movement strategy and achieves the outcomes. If you recall, NINAS Declared a Constitutional Force Majeure on 16th December 2020 to Decommission that illegitimate 1999 Constitution that hijacks our self-determination and sovereignty. From that very day, TECHNICALLY the 1999 Constitution, our number one enemy, was Defeated.
However, we now have to make that Defeat be PRACTICALLY applied. The logic behind the NINAS Movement is this: The life of that fraudulent 1999 Constitution is renewed by elections because the winner will swear an Oath of Office to defend it and uphold it over his people for four more years. Therefore the NINAS Movement’s task is to stop PREPARATIONS for GENERAL ELECTIONS in 2023 in the NINAS Territory. We must therefore compel all political parties in our Bloc to CLOSE SHOP even if temporarily so that we correct the injustice of that 1999 Constitution. We would then go into a transitioning arrangement (Transitional Government) when ethnic nationalities will carry out their NINAS Regional Referendums to decide whether to re-commit to the Union or to exit and create new arrangements. LNC has experts who know what to do, and how to do it. We will always keep on carrying the people along and will provide updates.
Please Note: It is those general elections of 2023 that are our target. We must be PRECISE and SPECIFIC. (So please be careful about any copycat but dangerously wrong commands that could be issued by the street gang “Biafra Restoration” in our Bloc)