Ijaw youths, under the aegis of the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari, to restructure Nigeria in a manner that would guarantee the rights of minority ethnic nationalities.
Furthermore, the group said that the 1999 Constitution is faulty and doesn’t represent the wishes of various ethnic groups.
The youth said the only way to stop the constant agitations and clamour for justice, equity and fairness in Nigeria is to initiate a referendum for the people to decide how the federation should be run devoid of oppression and suppression of the minorities.
The National President of MOSIEND, Kennedy Tonjo West, while speaking to newsmen recalled that Major Isaac Boro, fought for the emancipation of the minorities in the Niger Delta, stressing that his agitation should not be taken for granted.
West noted that the Kaiama Declaration further re-echoed Major Boro’s vision as it concerns minorities rights and natural resources ownership and promoting the ideals of restructuring, adding that a Nigerian that seeks to protect the right and dignity of every Nigerian irrespective of tribe or religious stance is what the people yearn for.
He urged the Federal Government, in the interest of peaceful coexistence and oneness of Nigeria, to commence the implementation of the 2014 Constitutional Conference recommendations by overhauling the Constitution of Nigeria rather than engaging in fruitless constitutional amendment.
“We are seeking for one Nigeria. We are asking that the Federal Government should jettison the 1999 Constitution and call for a referendum, if there is nothing like a referendum, invoke one. The constitution does not give the room to the National Assembly to give that veto power to the vice-president but during the Yar’ Adua-led administration, the National Assembly came up with the Doctrine of Necessity. So, if the country is drifting apart and there is a need to invoke the Doctrine of Necessity,” West added.
MOSIEND called on the governors of the South-South to give direction by setting up its own security outfit as done by the other Southern regions, expressing worry that up till this moment, the South-South is yet to take the bold step.
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