‘2023 polls must be suspended’ Says Akintoye, others

The Chairman, Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), Prof. Banji Akintoye has declared all lawful means would be deployed to ensure the 2023 polls do not hold unless the Federal Government agrees to hold a referendum for the aggrieved indigenous nationalities.

Akintoye, represented by Don Pedro Obaseki, spoke on behalf of the body at a briefing yesterday, in Lagos.

He stated the essence of the referendum is to decide whether Nigeria will continue to exist as a federation.

NINAS appealed to political parties to save Nigerians from slavery by refusing to submit candidates for the 2023 general elections to halt the 1999 Constitution.

It called for the complete abolition of the current 1999 Constitution, which it described as an agent of slavery and fraud, promoting injustice, under-development and impunity in the South and Middle-Belt regions.

The body further argued after the proposed referendum, the people can decide on the constitution they want for themselves in their separate Nations or within the Nigerian federation.

It also called on those in the Diaspora to troop out in solidarity to participate in the “one million march” being organised to hold in front of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), commencing from September 14- 24, in New York.

In attendance at the briefing, virtually and physically, were Prof. Banji Akintoye, Prof. Yusufu Turaki, Prof. Wale Adeniran, amongst others.

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