THE increasing threats to the corporate existence of Nigeria amid reports that a treaty ceding Nigeria to Britain for 100 years would expire in 2014, was the main reason the government of president resolved to convene a National Conference, Sunday Tribune can report.
Security reports filed before the president from within and outside Nigeria, all pointing towards turbulent sessions for the country in 2014, had also necessitated the idea of a National Conference, according to fresh findings.
Besides, some foreign diplomats, most especially from Britain, were said to have long affirmed to Jonathan that the threats on possible breakup of Nigeria were real, a reason he had been strongly advised not to treat such issues with a kid’s glove.
According to reports, the activities of some United Kingdom-based Nigerians have been pointing towards their preparations for actions likely to precipitate agitations for the breakup of the country. This was said to have been based on the strong links they have been keeping with separatist international groups said to be disposed to the dismemberment of Africa’s largest country, principally for economic gains.
The breakup of Nigeria, in the consideration of the separatist groups, is expected to provide a leeway for plunderers from Europe and America to rip off the country, more so against the backdrop that Nigeria has never demonstrated the required wisdom in managing the enormous resources placed at its disposal since independence.
Interest groups from the two continents were said to have been feasting on Nigeria loss of focus in managing its oil resources, most essentially, while they have been core beneficiaries of crude oil being stolen from Nigeria in huge quantities in collaboration with local sponsors.
Sunday Tribune investigations revealed that a group of Nigerian intelligentsia including university lecturers, retired Generals and politicians, mostly from the Southern states, have been filing documents to prove ultimately that Nigeria should not exist beyond 2014.
Part of their efforts, as revealed, was to use the courts both within and outside Nigeria to challenge the essence of the Nigerian nationhood in respect of the controversial colonial treaty making it up, while seeking its breakup.
The Presidency, Sunday Tribune learnt, had also been hinted about the moves to revive the Biafran struggle for self determination of the South-East zone of the federation, while some Igbo youths based in the UK had reportedly launched a Biafran Radio for propagation of the Biafran struggles beginning from 2014.
The setting up of the Biafran Radio is said to have been at the instance of a UK-based Nnamdi Kanu, who enjoys financial supports from some businessmen in Nigeria. He is also said to enjoy support from international separatist groups that have never been friends of Nigeria.
The mission statement of Biafran Radio made available to Sunday Tribune read, “To champion the liberation of Biafra through peaceful/non-violence and legal means in accordance with the UN Resolution regarding the Self-Determination Rights of indigenous nations in the document, A/RES/61/295, adopted in September 2007, and also in accordance with Article 20.1 of African (Banjul) Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted in June, 1981.”