The LONIM Road Map: An Orderly, Nonviolent & Assured Route to Actualize Self-Determination Quest of All the Lower Niger Peoples
The Lower Niger Independence Movement (LONIM) is a coalition platform to drive the self-determination quest of indigenous ethnic nationalities of the Lower Niger. LONIM is not a replacement name for Biafra as is being alleged in some quarters. LONIM is inspired and driven by the Biafranist ideology as enunciated in the Ahiara Declaration of June 1, 1969 (https://goo.gl/m8bfom).
The LONIM ROAD MAP will involve the following: –
(1) Drafting and Signing “The Charter of Relationship” among all the sub-ethnic groups in the Lower Niger region – The essence of this charter is to describe and state how the various sub-ethnic groups in the Lower Niger region will relate to each other after gaining our independence to allay fear of domination by any group over the others.
(2) Designation of the 1885 ethnolinguistics map as the basis/territory under contention for our independence from Nigeria. You cannot be agitating for a nation without a clearly defined and collectively agreed map/boundaries. The keywords here are “CLEARLY-DEFINED & COLLECTIVELY AGREED”.
(3) Establishment of the “Assets Protection and Guarantee Scheme” (APGS) – The essence of this scheme is to make sure that no asset owned by the peoples of the Lower Niger in Nigerian territory is declared an “Abandoned Property” or confiscated as it will be the duty of the incoming Government of the region to reclaim these assets for all our people. To achieve this: All our people who own properties/investments will be counseled and assisted to take inventory of such assets and have them properly documented.
(4) Doctrine of Regional Stability: – Bearing in mind that about 3 million barrels per day of crude oil and undisclosed billions of cubic feet of LNG that are taken from our region are at stake, regional stability will ensure that the assets of multinational corporations and other “big players” in industry and global commerce are protected in the Lower Niger. Those that support the self-determination quest of the indigenous owners of the real estate (a. k. a. the Lower Niger peoples) now will have an advantage ahead of others who do not show support or empathy for our peoples’ cause.
(5) Extension of hands of fellowship/collaboration with the emerging neighboring nations: – The Lower Niger peoples shall extend hands of fellowship to the Middle Belters and the Oduduwa protagonists in the Southwest since we are all victims of the Fulani-led Sokoto Islamic Caliphate ruling feudal aristocracy.
(6) Stating of our grievances against the British-created contraption called Nigeria: – We will routinely state our grievances against a UNITARY Nigeria while also making our case for self-determination at the UN. One of such grievances is being forced to be governed by the evil and fraudulent 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. This is a document that started telling lies right from its PREAMBLE by fraudulently claiming that – “WE THE PEOPLE – agreed, drafted and authored the charade”, even when it is a known fact that “We the people ….” did not know how Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) came about that fraudulent document, which he deemed to be a constitution and imposed it on a supposed democratic Nigeria by issuance of Decree No 24 of 1999.
(7) Official application shall be sent to the UN requesting the august body to mandate and supervise Referendum to ascertain the true wishes of indigenous peoples of the Lower Niger who are being killed and marginalized by Islamist-dominated central government of Nigeria in Abuja. This process will be implemented by our team of international lawyers and lobbyists who are very knowledgeable in the field and among whom is a former Deputy Attorney General of the USA. The successful application will then be followed by the actual referendum under UN terms and conditions which supersede all possible insidious road blocks by the Nigerian unitary government that is holding the people captive against the popular wish.
(8) A well-thought-out Transition: – To avoid anarchy in the land, the LONIM road map for actualization of self-determination quest of the Lower Niger peoples has a well-thought-out transition program patterned after the South African transitional program from Apartheid rule to Mandela-led popular, civil and multiracial democratic rule of the 1990s. To achieve this, the currently elected individuals from the Lower Niger Region in Nigerian political process will remain in power (in their various offices) until the transition program is completed. Thus, the currently elected officers should not entertain any fear of imminent dismissal from office. They should instead support the transition process as they will still serve our people till the completion of the transition from the status quo to the evidently more democratic and enduring new dispensation.
LONIM shall soon articulate and present the economic, political, and socio-cultural vision/aspiration of our peoples and then drive these through the Referendum. LONIM NEEDS YOUR INPUT IN IDEAS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DRIVE THESE ATTAINABLE ASPIRATIONS THROUGH. The least you can do is to make sure that everyone around you understand this plan today. The more people understand the road map, the easier it shall be to propel this program on a fast track.
Dr. Emeka Onyebuchi