A coalition of self-determination groups has called on the governors in the south and middle-belt regions of Nigeria to invoke the Doctrine of Necessity and the provisions of Chapter VII, article 51 of United Nations Charter on Self-Defense, in order to start buying arms for their respective regional security outfits, including training and re-training of local vigilantes and hunters in their domains so as to safeguard their people.
The group is led by a United States of America based self-determination movement, the United Indigenous People of African Foundation, otherwise known as the UNIPA Foundation.
The call is coming as security of lives and properties of people in different parts of the country continues to deteriorate, with some already likening Nigeria to Afghanistan, and the recent threat by terrorists to attack Abuja, the Nigerian seat of power.
The coalition commends Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State, North Central Nigeria for what it described as a “bold step taken to confront a state of terror” to arm the State Security Outfit, known as Community Volunteer Guards, calling on other governors in the South and Middle-Belt regions to establish their state security outfits backed by laws for state and self-defense.
The coalition urged the governors to fund, for instance, Amotekun Corps in Yoruba territory and trained passionate Local Hunters and Vigilantes within their territories.
The UNIPA Foundation led coalition also describes the State Indigene Bill currently being sponsored by some Representatives of Fulani background in the Nigerian Federal Parliament, whereby, if passed into law, non-indigenes shall be constitutionally recognized as indigenes of their states of residence once they have spent five years therein and are eligible to enjoy same rights indigenous people enjoys, as an affront on the Indigenous people and a “smart” move to formally legalise the land-grabbing agenda of the Fulani Oligarchy in the south and middle-belt of Nigeria and to legitimatise the presence of illegal foreign Fulani militias that will now operate freely within all states and turn Nigeria into a battle ground as was seen in Sudan, Rwanda, etc.
The coalition advised the Governors and Traditional Rulers in the South and Middle-Belt to stop the installation of Fulani Chiefs in their domains with immediate effect because it is an affront on the traditions of indigenous people within their domains.
The UNIPA Foundation, with global headquarters in New York, United States, is a Movement that seeks to unite and galvanize the Indigenous People across the Continent of Africa towards reclaiming or establishing their nationhood and safeguarding, recovering and sustaining their political, social and economic rights and assets through legal engagements and media advocacies.
Members of the UNIPA led coalition in Nigeria are Oodua People’s Sovereign Movement (OPSOM), Ohaneze Youth Council, Freedom From Nigeria (FFN), Conscience of Niger/Delta Forum (CONDEF), Middle-Belt Patriotic Front, Concerned Indigenous Nigerians in Georgia, the United Middle-Belt and Igbo National Council (INC).
An electronic statement sent by the Protem Spokesperson of the Coalition, Mr. Joseph Ekwo to our correspondent from Accra, Ghana, reads in parts:
“We have watched in aghast as Nigeria is currently drifting into a state of terror. The common people are not longer safe anywhere. People are kidnapped from their bedrooms, places of worship, farms, highways, etc. The ruling elites with bullet proof cars and jackets are kidnapped for ransom on daily basis.
“Benue State, known as Food Basket of the Nation is now the capital of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria with 27 IDP camps and almost two million IDPs with no thanks to the activities of marauding Fulani Terrorists.
“We are suggesting to the Governors in the South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria to domesticate their resources and stop funding the Civil Defense, Police and Military Armed Forces that does not take instructions from them.
“The billions of naira Governors spend monthly to purchase of arms, utility vehicles and other security gadgets for central-controlled security formations should be diverted to the funding of Amotekun and other passionate local vigilantes and hunter groups who should be subjected to periodic trainings and re-trainings.
“We also urge the Governors in the South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria to domesticate laws that would officially declare any Herdsmen found with AK47 guns as Terrorists. We are calling on them to form Armed Farming Guards to protect farmers and their farms from attacks by Fulani Herdsmen and other aggressors whose intent appears to be disrupting the food supply to achieve mass starvation of the Indigenous people.
“Governors should also make provisions for all people who have been displaced from their land, lost their farms or their homes and ask the Nigerian government to adequately compensate them for their human and economic losses. The condition of those still in IDP camps must be significantly improved to make their temporary abodes habitable, provide adequate food, clean water, schools for the young, and law and order to protect the vulnerable.
“As a matter of urgent importance, Governors in the South and Middle-belt of Nigeria should mobilize the national assembly members in their territory to ensure that the State Indigene Bill that some Representatives of Fulani background want to pass in the National Assembly of Nigeria which enables non-indigene to become indigenes of where they reside after five years of residence is foiled and rejected.
“The bill, if allowed to be passed into law, will formalize the complete overtaken of all the land in the south and middle-belt of Nigeria by a group that already boasted that all the land in Yoruba land belongs to their great-grand fathers. Being indigenes, they could become kings and kingmakers in the South and Middle-Belt lands. It is basically an extension of the land-grabbing
agenda of the Nigerian Government after failing to foist RUGA on the indigenous people.
“Lastly, without prejudice to the rights to association of everyone, we state without any fear or favour or intimidation that the culture of installing Sarkin or Seriki Fulani in the South and Middle-Belt regions of Nigeria should be abolished by Governors from these zones. All these positions are not religious but traditional leadership positions, therefore, imposing these foreign “leaders” on the traditions of the Middle Belt to South appears to be an act of conquest.”