National President of the Ijaw Youths council (IYC) Barr, Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo has said that despite the facts that majority ethnic Nationalities are enjoying and celebrating 57 years independence years of Independence, many minority ethnic nationalities, especially people of Niger Delta are still wallowing under the colony of the majority ethnic groups with no democratic presence
Barr, Oweilaemi stated this in a press statement to mark the Nigeria’s 57 years independent celebration. He bemoaned on the state of the nation as many minority ethnic nationalities are under the political subjugation and annexation of the majority ethnic groups to live as free citizens in a country that belongs to everyone smack of a Country lacking Democratic independent.
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Laws have been enacted for over the years through legislative processes by these domineering major tribes to colonize the minorities. The growing political marginalisation and economic strangulation as well as the economic apathy in the management of the natural resources in the Niger Delta region is a fall out of the internal colonialism Nigeria is practicing. Nigeria cannot attain Independence until its draconian, obnoxious and inimical laws are rejigged to accommodate the interest of the people whose lands produce the resources.
The 1999 military Constitution is the worst democratic gift given to Nigerians by the last military junta. The Constitution set the tune for internal colonialism where some Nigerians are subjected as servants to the others. What Nigerians need to celebrate an independent Country devoid of internal rift is to enact a Constitution that is collectively made by the people. The reports of the various constitutional conferences, especially the 2014 confab report, if implemented would have salvaged the situation.
Many Nigerians are not happy celebrating the Country’s Independence. Doing so seems like celebrating slavery. The Country is in dare need to be restructured. Those who are opposed to restructuring do not know its importance to the unity of this Country. Restructuring must not be confused with breakup. Restructuring means political-cum economic freedom. It will make Nigeria a truly Federal state where the people will see themselves as free and equal citizens in their fatherland.
The ethnic minorities particularly the Niger Delta people will also want to breath the air of freedom in the Country. The present political arrangement does not accommodate our interest as equal partners in the Nigerian project. We are being subjected as second fiddle human beings in the Country we all called our own. IYC in collaboration with other other ethnic groups will continue to champion the cause of restructuring which in our understanding is resource control, true fiscal federalism, and devolution of power to the component States as against the quasi-federal system being currently in practice, political autonomy and self-determination for all ethnic minorities in the Country. We will not back down on our collective struggle to make Nigeria attain a truly Independence status.