Halting the Electoral Process Shall Trigger the Required Constitutional Stalemate That Can Only Be Addressed by a Transitional Government of Stakeholders – says Dr. Iroanya
This is Dr. Iroanya’s 4th video on Nigeria’s imposed fraudulent 1999 Constitution which the overwhelming majority now blame as the cause of all the country’s woes. Different sections of Nigeria have individually and collectively repudiated and rejected the 1999 Constitution as the basis for charting the country’s future. The earliest affront to the 1999 Constitution was the decision of 12 contiguous states of the Far North to sequentially adopt the Sharia legal system in contradiction to the spirit of the subsisting constitution that proclaims the secularity of the Nigerian nation. Many believe that this audacious move to remove 12 states of the Far North from the secular constitution on which Nigeria was founded at Independence is a variant of secession. The stakeholders of the Middle Belt, Southwest, Southeast and Southsouth zones have serially demonstrated their disgust and distrust for the 1999 Constitution by acts of civil disobedience and violent activism as seen in parts of the Niger Delta. In the past few years, stakeholders of the Lower Niger, Yoruba and Middle Belt regions have convened solemn assemblies in Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Makurdi, respectively, to formally proclaim their rejection of the 1999 Constitution as the basis for Nigeria’s future.
The umbrella sociocultural organizations of the South and Middle Belt jointly convened under the aegis of the South and Middle Belt Leaders Forum to reject the 1999 Constitution and then, called instead for the immediate geopolitical restructuring of the country – from the Unitary state it is today into a true federation. This stance informed the electoral support that the Southern and Middle Belt electorate gave the lead opposition presidential candidate who had pledged to implement geopolitical restructuring if elected. Many believe that the opposition candidate had garnered more votes at the polling booths before the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) rigged the outcome in favor of the ruling party and the incumbent government. The stakeholders, who thought that the restructuring they want could be achieved through the vote, are totally disillusioned since their statement of wish through the 2019 ballot box was upended in broad daylight by those who wield the coercive forces of government in Nigeria.
The disgust for the 1999 Constitution has not only spread nationwide, but also the rejection of what the imposition stands for is total. Nigerians are not the first ever to be forced to live with a constitutional arrangement that the citizenry find inimical to their very survival. South Africans once had the apartheid constitution which was imposed by the White minority population over the majority Black Africans. Before 1994, Ethiopia had a constitution which inflicted endless wars of secession and ethnic rivalry that made the East African country the misery capital of the African continent. These two countries have made a remarkable turnaround in their national fortune by discarding their problematic constitutions and convening the stakeholders to write and approve the new ones that have brought peace, stability and economic progress that all can see. Since Nigerians have repudiated and rejected the subsisting imposed fraudulent 1999 constitution, the citizenry must now follow the South African and Ethiopian examples. The 1999 Constitution must be discarded immediately and a brand-new one written by “We the People…” should be used to replace it.
The essence of this YouTube video is to explain the foolproof process for taking down the imposed fraudulent 1999 Constitution and thus, force the formation of a transitional government to take Nigerians through the same pathway that South Africans and Ethiopians had taken in the 1990s to restore their countries back on an even keel. It is oxymoronic to talk of future elections in Nigeria and replacing the widely repudiated and rejected 1999 Constitution in the same breath. This YouTube video is quite clear on this point. One cannot lament the iniquities embodied in the 1999 Constitution and at the same time, be overly enthused about the conduct of future elections that are predicated on the same constitution. Those who emerge victorious in such future elections shall be required, as a matter of routine, to swear solemn oaths pledging to defend, uphold and preserve the rejected 1999 Constitution.
Dr. Iroanya was clear in explaining the distinction between the INEC-scheduled 2023 general elections and the electoral process which shall lead to that milestone. While the general elections shall not come until the first quarter of 2023, the electoral process toward that dateline has already begun. Whoever do not wish to witness another election charade in 2023 must resolve to halt the electoral process on its tracks NOW. Waiting until the electorate is taken through INEC registration and given the so-called PVCs or allowing the political parties to complete their contentious primary elections before initiating the move to avert the 2023 general elections is counterintuitive. Expecting the INEC-overseen 2023 general elections cycle to address the confounding existential dilemma of Nigeria’s stakeholders is as illogical as anticipating the morning sun to rise from the western sky.
Warning to Political Partisans and Their Operatives Is Apt
The video concludes by issuing a stern warning to those who have become so addicted to the manipulative prompts from minders of the status quo and assured them that their opportunistic actions shall be closely monitored by the overwhelming majority who can no longer play along with the governance model that has meant joblessness, mass poverty, insecurity and global retrogression in Africa’s most populous country. This warning is especially relevant for stakeholders of the Southern and Middle Belt Regions. Whether the INEC’s 2023 general elections cycle can be averted shall depend on how the leading self-determination protagonists in the Alliance Territory can enforce its vigilance over political junkies and their jobbers who are already eagerly anticipating the dog whistle from their cash-laden partisan sponsors, as we speak.