EMINENT Nigerians, together with former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang; Second Republic Senator, Professor Banji Akintoye; President-Basic of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; former Vice-Chairman of Arik Air, Senator Anietie Okon; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), Commodore Idongegist Nkanga, (retd); of PANDEF, the chief of Center Belt Discussion board, Dr. Bitrus Pogu; former Minister, Prof. Yusuf Turaki and 121 others, yesterday, alleged that the 1999 structure was skewed in favour of the North.
Additionally they petitioned the United Nations Safety Council, African Union, European Union, United States and the British Authorities on the necessity to urgently convoke a Sovereign Nationwide Convention to debate the constitutionality of the 1999 Structure of Nigeria and the 1914 Amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Nigeria inside 90 days to save lots of the individuals from oppression, stagnation and squalor.
The leaders mentioned this after a gathering in Lagos.
The leaders, numbering 127, who spoke below the aegis of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Willpower, described the 1999 structure as a fraud; an impunity, hijack and a confiscation of the sovereignties, powers and belongings of the South and Center Belt Individuals of the nation by those that clandestinely designed it.
The assertion reads: “We collect right here today as Accredited Delegates of the Constituent Part Nationalities of Nigeria, below the aegis of Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Willpower, being a Joint-Cooperation Framework for the Self-Willpower Initiatives of the Southern and Center-Belt of Nigeria on behalf of our Numerous Peoples and Pursuits, to Pronounce an finish to our toleration of Nigeria’s Unitary Constitutional Order, Unilaterally Imposed and Forcefully Maintained by a Part of the Nigerian nation, in negation of the federal foundation upon which Nigeria grew to become one political union at independence in 1960, and in brutal subjugation of our collective sovereignties at present being forcefully and fraudulently appropriated by the Nigerian State.
“We collect right here immediately earlier than the worldwide neighborhood, to formally proclaim a sovereignty dispute in rejection of the additional operation of the imposed, unity constitutional preparations of Nigeria and in assertion of our inalienable proper to self-determination.
“The Historical past of the Colonial beginnings of Nigeria as a Industrial Enterprise of some Colonial Masters is just too well-known to confess of any additional repetitions right here however suffice it to recall:
“That the manipulations that went into the Flawed Foundations laid within the 1914 Amalgamation of the Protectorates of Southern Nigeria with the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria, created a lopsided Union, locking the Various Peoples of Nigeria into one Political Union with two mortally opposed civilizations.
“That as Independence approached in 1960, the Diversities of the Numerous Peoples of the Nigerian Union Dictated the Adoption of the Federal Constitutional Mannequin by the then three largely Autonomous Areas, (particularly Japanese, Western and Northern Areas of Nigeria) because the Foundation of getting into Into Independence as one Political Union in 1960.
“That amidst the early strains of Publish-Independence Nigeria arising primarily from the aforementioned Foundational and Pre-Independence manipulations by the Colonial Rulers of the Nigerian Union, the Navy coups of 1966 Truncated the Federal Constitutional Foundation of Nigeria and plunged the fledgling Union right into a catastrophic 30-Month Conflict with it’s Breakaway Japanese Area between 1967 and 1970, triggered by disputations across the phrases of the Nigerian Union and leaving in its path, human carnage in extra of 3million individuals and a fractured Union now resting on an Unworkable Unitary Constitutional Order Imposed in 1979, by the Fiat of the illicit “Federal Authorities” which emerged for the reason that 1966 Collapse of the Federation of Nigeria, Forcefully Hijacking and Confiscating the Sovereignties of the Constituent Part Areas of Nigeria that Federated their Sovereignties in 1960.
“That the Prevailing 1999 Structure of Nigeria which was a wholesale adoption of the 1979 version through Decree No.24 of 1999, revalidated and strengthened the aforementioned Hijack and confiscation of the Sovereignties, Powers and Property of the 4 Erstwhile Federating Areas by the aforementioned Illicit Federal Authorities of Nigeria which by Decrees, fractured the 4 Areas into 36 States, which might be utterly emasculated by a 68-Merchandise Federal Unique Legislative Record that Comprehensively strip the Federating States of All Key Financial Property and Governmental Powers, thereby creating a completely dysfunctional, corruption-prone, over-centralized system that has failed in each respect, manifesting in Gross Insecurity, Decayed Infrastructure and Mass Impoverishment such that Nigeria, with its Huge Human and Materials Useful resource Endowments, has now emerged because the poverty capital of the world in addition to the World Main Instance of a failed state.
“There’s a countrywide consensus towards the Unitary Constitutional Preparations Imposed incrementally on Nigeria by a mixture of Guile, Brute Drive and Impunity between 1966 and 1999 now codified by the 1999 Structure. This countrywide consensus had manifested in A number of Unilateral Regional and Joint Multi-Regional Actions in Repudiation and Rejection of the Unitary 1999 Structure of Nigeria:
“The primary indication was when in yr 2000, the 12 contiguous states of the far North, Concurrently Imposed and commenced to implement Sharia of their three Domains towards the specific provision of the 1999 Structure which in Part 10, forbids the adoption of any state faith. This interprets to a unilateral secession from the Secular Union of Nigeria.
“Between 2005 and 2006, a Sovereign Convention of the Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria, Convened by the Professional-Nationwide Convention Organizations (PRONACO), Deliberated exhaustively and produced A Draft Peoples’ Structure 2006, which had the potential of restoring Nigeria to it’s broken Federal Foundations. Although Ignored by successive federal governments in Nigeria, that draft grew to become the New Federating consensus towards the Prevailing Unitary Constitutional Order in Nigeria.
“It’s pertinent to notice that throughout all of the Areas of Nigeria, varied Socio-Cultural and Ethnic-Pursuits Vanguard Organizations have additionally been vehement in expressing the Constitutional Grievances of their very own Individuals, (some even violently), thus on the Yoruba aspect, we’ve the Afenifere, the Yoruba Elders Council (YCE), Agbekoya, the Yoruba Liberation Command, (YOLICOM), YWC and lots of extra together with the ILANA OMO OODUA which now aggregates A number of Yoruba Self-Willpower Initiatives throughout the World.
“Within the Japanese a part of Southern Nigeria, we’ve Ohanaeze, Motion for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality within the Niger Delta (MOSIEND); Ijaw Nationwide Congress, (INC); Ijaw Youth Council (IYC); PANDEF, Midwest Motion, the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Drive, (NDPVF), MEND, MASSOB, IPOB, others. Within the Center-Belt, we’ve the Center-Belt Discussion board, (MBF), MBC, SOKAPU, CONAECDA and lots of others.
“A number of notable Statesmen in Nigeria together with Generals Olusegun Obasanjo and Yakubu Gowon, each (former Heads of State) have lent their voices to the pressing crucial of the Elementary Transforming of the Broken Constitutional Foundation of Nigeria, warning that any additional delay could result in the catastrophic collapse of the Distressed Nigerian Union.
“Nigeria’s Former Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, (retd) had additionally urged the Indigenous Peoples of Nigeria dealing with the Ethnic Cleaning Onslaught of the Murderous invaders to defend themselves and their lands within the face of apparent collusion of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and its Armed Forces with the Fulani invaders. Within the aftermath of the October 2020 #EndSARS Protests many, together with the Nigerian Christian Elders Discussion board (NCEF) now insist that Nigeria must be renegotiated.
“On particular constitutional grievances referring to the sovereignties of the constituent elements of the federation of Nigeria, the leaders opined that:
“The declare within the Preamble to the 1999 Structure that “We the Individuals” Firmly and Solemnly Resolved to dwell in One Political Union and that we Enacted and Gave Ourselves the 1999 Structure, is Self-Evidently False because the Decree No 24 of 1999 by which the so-called 1999 Structure was Promulgated, outlined step-by-step, the Course of by which the writer of the 1999 Structure, the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council, got here concerning the Doc it labeled “the 1999 Structure. This can be a Prison Usurpation of the Sovereignties of the Constituent Elements whose Unique Proper it’s to Make for Themselves the Structure by which they may Federate and Be Ruled, as an incident of their Sovereignty.
Even by the admission of the 1999 Structure at Part 14(2)(a), “Sovereignty Belongs to the Individuals, from whom, Authorities, by this Structure Derive all its Powers and Authority”. That is the Fountain from which all different Constitutional Grievances Circulate and there’s no different treatment to this Explicit Grievance than an Autochthonous Course of by which the Constituent Elements will Submit their Peoples and their Lands right into a Union, and in addition Stipulate the Phrases of that Union, to be Ratified by Referendums and Plebiscites.
JAGUAR Land Rover marked the tip of 2020 with a second successive quarter-on-quarter restoration in gross sales, regardless of the persevering with affect of COVID-19.
Felix Brautigam, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Industrial Officer, mentioned: “2020 was a 12 months of two halves and, though COVID-19 continues to considerably affect the worldwide auto business, we’re delighted to finish the 12 months with a second consecutive quarter of gross sales restoration.
“Our efficiency in China, the area least impacted by COVID-19 in the latest quarter, has been notably encouraging with our gross sales there rising on each a year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter foundation.
“Retail gross sales for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 have been 128,469 automobiles, 13.1 p.c greater than the 113,569 automobiles bought within the previous quarter, however down 9.zero p.c on the identical interval final 12 months.
“China gross sales have been notably encouraging, up 20.2 p.c on the prior quarter and 19.1 p.c year-on-year.
“Retail gross sales in most different areas additionally continued to get better and have been up considerably on the prior quarter in North America (+31.7 p.c), Abroad (+26.6 p.c) which is the place the sub-Sahara African markets contribute, and Europe (+20.5 p.c). Nonetheless, gross sales in these areas haven’t but recovered to pre-COVID ranges with gross sales for the quarter decrease than a 12 months in the past in North America (-17.2 p.c), Abroad (-20.zero p.c), Europe (-16.Three p.c) and the UK (-8.9 p.c).
“The gross sales ramp-up of the brand new Land Rover Defender noticed retails rising to 16,286 automobiles within the October to December quarter, up 66.zero p.c on the previous quarter with gross sales of the shorter wheelbase Defender 90 has began.
“For Jaguar, retail gross sales of the multi-award-winning all-electric I-PACE have been up 69.Three p.c year-on-year with 7,807 bought within the quarter, as demand for electrical automobiles continues to develop.
“For the calendar 12 months 2020, Jaguar Land Rover retail gross sales have been 425,974, down 23.6 p.c on 2019, reflecting the business affect of COVID-19 notably within the first half of the 12 months when vegetation have been shut down for greater than two months.”
Nonetheless, the corporate has since seen gross sales improve quarter-on-quarter by over 53 p.c within the quarter ended September 30, adopted by the 13.1 p.c improve in the latest quarter.
In response to strengthening world demand, Jaguar Land Rover has continued to roll out its thrilling new vary of 21 Mannequin Yr automobiles, incorporating the very newest applied sciences.
Brautigam mentioned the corporate stays dedicated to its electrification technique and has a rising portfolio of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles, embracing absolutely electrical, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and delicate hybrid (MHEV) automobiles, in addition to persevering with to supply the newest diesel and petrol engines, giving its clients much more alternative.
Following the numerous enlargement over the 12 months, electrified choices now prolong to 12 fashions throughout the Jaguar and Land Rover portfolios, with PHEV out there on Eight car strains and MHEV on 11, in addition to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.
With gross sales of latest electrified automobiles together with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Vary Rover Evoque PHEVs ramping up by way of the October to December quarter, a complete of 53% of the corporate’s retail gross sales for the three-month interval have been electrified. This included 6.1% all-electric, 5.5% PHEV and 41.4% MHEV.
The Lagos State Environmental and Particular Offences Unit (Taskforce) has obtained a court docket order to public sale 88 autos forfeited to the state authorities by violators of site visitors guidelines.
The Chairman of the company, CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed this in a press release signed on Monday by the company’s Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mr Taofiq Adebayo.
Jejeloye mentioned that the public sale would maintain in keeping with COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday on the company’s automotive park behind Shoprite, Alausa, Ikeja.
“The 88 autos had been impounded by the enforcement crew of the company for driving in opposition to site visitors at totally different elements of the state.
“They had been all arraigned and the court docket ordered that they be forfeited, in keeping with Half (3) Merchandise (27) of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Regulation of 2018.”
“I urge motorists, each non-public and industrial bus drivers to desist from driving in opposition to site visitors,” Jejeloye added.
He revealed that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has directed operatives of the company to proceed prosecuting site visitors offenders till sanity was restored on the roads.
“The penalty for driving in opposition to site visitors is outright forfeiture of such automobile to the federal government with none possibility of effective,” he mentioned.
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Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Monday, introduced plans to type a brand new political motion in Nigeria forward of the 2023 normal elections.
Vanguard stories that Okorocha who had earlier given the trace when he visited Governor Nyesom Wike to commission projects in Rivers State mentioned the plan is a solution to agitations and complaints throughout the nation concerning the present state of the nation.
Talking in Abuja, the Imo West Senatorial District consultant mentioned: “The motion for a brand new Nigeria has begun and we should come collectively, I imply progressive Nigerians to make the nation work”
Okorocha who can also be a founding member of the All Progressives Congress defined additional that the brand new group won’t be just like the APC which was hurriedly shaped to take energy from the PDP with out a lot emphasis on the character of these championing the course.
“The APC was a hurried association, it was hurriedly shaped to take energy when the then authorities was drifting. APC would have been higher till individuals who weren’t members of the occasion; individuals who got here for congratulatory message hijacked the occasion and have become Lords.
“The difficulty just isn’t about APC or PDP, it’s past political events, we’re speaking concerning the character of the politicians.
“Political events in Nigerian don’t have any ideology; it’s only a automobile to come back to energy. So what now we have just isn’t the best factor, now we have so many people who find themselves not thinking about working for the nation. Take for example if President Muhammadu Buhari had surrounded himself with good folks, the story won’t be the identical at the moment.”