…urges Nigerians to stay at home from May 1
Nigerians in Diaspora under the aegis of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria operated by the Nelson M46664 Human Rights Association of Hungary have urged Nigerians to declare a revolution without ammunition in Nigeria to protest the spate of insecurity and killings in the country.
The group, which is currently based in Budapest, Hungary, decried the continuous killings and insecurity in Nigeria, saying that it is absolutely unacceptable that a government should look the other way while innocent Nigerians are being killed by the day.
A statement by the global coordinator of the group, Mr. Frederick Odorige, said, “From 1st May, all Nigerians should stay away from work places and embark on daily street protests,” because of the killings, adding also that “it will be foolish to celebrate Workers Day when your take home pay cannot take you home.”
The statement, however, advised that the protest should be peaceful and non-violent while “all shops, transportation, offices, and business places should be closed as from 1st May 2019.”
Odorige went further to state that the national motto of Nigeria has failed due to bad governance because there is currently no unity, no faith in country, no peace and sadly, no progress.
“Section 14 subsection 2b of the Nigerian Constitution (As amended) states that the welfare and security of the citizens shall be the primary purpose of the government. Any government that fails in providing either security or welfare has failed completely. Today our government, past and present have failed to provide the two basic objectives of welfare and security to Nigerians. “It is no longer news that our country Nigeria has never been this bad. Whoever denies this is either the cause of the problem or the problems itself. Whoever denies this is either profiting from government or aspiring to get appointed into office,” Odorige said.
“Buhari worsened our problem as a people by appointing himself Petroluem Minister. According to Ibe Kachiuku Minister of State for Petroleum and Shetima Bana acting Chairman of the Revenue, Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Nigeria has lost 60billion dollars from petroleum revenue under Buhari. That loss is just from one section of NNPC revenue loss. At the rate of N360 to a dollar, 60billion dollars is 21.6trillion naira. That could finance our national budget for almost three years without borrowing. That amount is the national budget of Rwanda for 25 years. It is the national budget of Uganda for seven years. It can comfortably take care of the budget of Ghana for five years where they have steady electricity. 60billion dollars is the national budget of Tanzania for five solid years. Where is the money? Now this government is set to borrow 8.8 trillion naira to fund the 2019 budget and you want to increase VAT so that Nigerian workers will fund their minimum wage. Then they will increase the price of fuel very soon. The poor masses always pay for the loot and mismanagement of Nigerian politicians.”
He stated that the 13.2 million Nigerian children on the street is equivalent to the population of nine European countries of Ireland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus. Children that are abandoned and used by politicians every four years as under-aged voters.
The coalition made the following demands:
(1) That Retired General Muhammadu Buhari must resign from office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
(2) That Retired General Muhammadu Buhari must not be sworn in and recognized as the President of Nigeria. He cannot militarize our elections, kill our compatriots and expect to ride to power with the blood of Nigerians for us to call him Excellency. NO!
(3) Urgently amend the very faulty Nigerian constitution.
(4) Senators and members of the House of Representatives must receive salaries according to the laws of the federal republic of Nigeria. Those that received wages against the law under the Revenue, Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission must refund them back to our national treasury.
(5) We the people say NO! to borrowing for the financing of our budget since the rulers also steal what they borrow.
(6) The full list of Nigerians killed before, during and after the 2019 elections must be published.
(7) Restructure Nigeria now and apply the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
(8) Government must respect the rule of law by releasing Nigerians in detention as ordered by our court. Persons such as Sambo Dasuki, El-Zakzaky and others must be released. Those found guilty by the court should be made to face the law.
(9) Unban IPOB as a terrorist group.
(10) Declare the murderous herdsmen as a terrorist group. This pretence is chocking us.
(11)End all forms of pension for ex-governors and their deputies. They came to serve and not to be state liabilities for life. They cannot be state liabilities for life after looting their respective states. They should return to their professions.
(12) Muhammadu Buhari must publish what he spent from public treasury for 117 days for medical care in the United Kingdom. It is public money.
(13) Government must immediately put an end to security votes to state governors and other government officials. Security vote is not in the Nigerian constitution. Governors steal this money, protect themselves and their families and expose the rest of us to the killing by herdsmen and Boko Haram. Use security votes to expand and empower our security agencies.
Odorige said the coalition is not affiliated with any political party and he called on Nigerians from the North, South, East, West, IPOB, Oduduwa, Middle Belt, Arewa, Niger Delta, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, pagan, traditionalist, Musicians, Nollywood, Nigerian Labour Congress, Nigeria Bar Association, Trade Union Council, National Association of Nigerian Students, Market men and women, artisans, social, professional or cultural group, to rise up and prevent Nigeria from sliding into a Venezuela because Nigeria is sinking fast.
He congratulated the soldiers of Sudan and Algeria for supporting their citizens to shout NO! He hailed them as patriotic and gallant soldiers who refused to be bribed or intimidated so that their country could be free from poverty and oppression. The Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria currently operates in 40 countries and states in Nigeria with the hashtag NO!