A ragged President of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has faulted ragged President Olusegun Obasanjo on the reveal that the mineral sources belong to the Federal Government no topic where they are domiciled within the nation.
The ragged Catholic Archbishop of Lagos acknowledged that petroleum sources within the Niger Delta belongs to the of us of the discipline.
This used to be excellent because the Founder/Govt Director of Egalitarian Mission of Africa, Olukayode Ajulo, also acknowledged that the Federal Government used to be finest holding the mineral sources in belief, whereas the communities where they maintain been sited maintain been the ‘de facto’ homeowners.
Obasanjo had at a peace and security parley convened by the Global Peace Foundation and Imaginative and prescient Africa a pair of weeks within the past attacked the National Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress, Ebipamowei Wodu, over the latter’s outburst.
Wodu had at the discussion board talked about the Ijaw maintain been being handled fancy second-class electorate in Nigeria no topic producing the oil and gasoline sources that had sustained the nation.
Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Dialogue board, Chief Edwin Clark, in an commence letter to the ragged President on December 22, took a swipe at Obasanjo, alleging that his hatred against the of us of the oil-producing states in Nigeria used to be disappointing.
But in an commence letter to Clark launched on Monday, the ragged president faulted the elder statesman’s reveal that he hated the of us of Niger Delta due to resource capture an eye on agitation.
Joining the debate on Friday, Okogie backed PANDEF and INC in an announcement sent to Saturday PUNCH, titled ‘We Need to Know Who Owns the Oil?’
The vocal cleric partly talked about, “The homeowners of the land have whatever is on the land or below the land. To deprive them of that excellent is to be patently unjust. Most productive a regime of imperialist intent would conclude this kind of thing.
“Unfortunately, this has been the Nigerian legend from the appearance of British imperialist colonialists until the unique dispensation. The British came, conquered the land spherical the Niger and its peoples, declared amalgamation, and handed over to a suppose operated on imperialist logic. That logic is that the land and the peoples belong to the suppose.
“When President Obasanjo made his contemporary declaration that the oil within the Niger Delta belongs to Nigeria, one can no longer however take that he, as a militia ruler and head of the remnant of the mutinous squaddies of July 29, 1966, presided over the final redaction of the structure that places capture an eye on of Nigeria’s oil below the capture an eye on of the federal government at the centre — one hesitates to name it a Federal Government because what obtains on this nation this day can no longer be honestly described as federalism.
“The inclusion of mineral sources on the Odd Legislative Checklist within the 1979 and 1999 Constitutions successfully legitimises the unjust deprivation to which the of us of Nigeria maintain been subjected for decades. The declaration that Niger Delta oil belongs to Nigeria justifies the imperialist intent of the final redactors of the 1979 Structure.”
Okogie added, “As all americans is aware of, the Niger Delta that produces the oil has grew to develop into out to be thought to be one of many poorest, if no longer the poorest discipline of Nigeria. Proceeds from the sale of Niger Delta oil maintain been used and are nonetheless getting used to carrier the costly however ineffective government that the twin constitutions maintain imposed on Nigerians.
“President Obasanjo’s declaration, as stressful as it is miles, reminds us of an act of injustice that urgently needs to be redressed, and that’s: Nigeria is no longer living up to earnings the regional, ethnic or non secular community to which government functionaries belong; Nigeria is living up to earnings the elite from these communities.
“Whichever a part of the elite gains win admission to to corridors of vitality in Abuja or suppose capitals or local government areas, gains win admission to to Nigeria’s oil wealth. That’s the reason our elections are muddy and bloody.
“Opposite to President Obasanjo’s declaration, the oil within the Niger Delta does no longer belong to Nigeria, neither does it belongs to the suppose or local governments in that discipline. It belongs to the of us of the discipline. Land belongs to the of us, no longer to the federal government.
“The sources on the land – any land; no longer excellent the Niger Delta – belong to the of us and never to the federal government. Nigeria’s problems grew to develop into larger when the federal government determined to win into the oil enterprise. That is the well-known contributing part to corruption, poverty and insecurity.”
The retired cleric acknowledged that it used to be within the of us’s pastime to blueprint a political union where any Nigerian can also resolve and build property anyplace in Nigeria, and conclude enterprise and make a contribution to the usual trusty.
“However the unique imperialist structure, predicated on President Obasanjo’s contemporary declaration, needs to endure a ways-reaching amendments. No longer to total so is to continue to provoke cries of marginalisation. It’s a ways to enable the accidents of corruption, insecurity, and poverty to fester,” he talked about.
Also, Ajulo expressed a identical thought in an announcement issued on Friday and titled, ‘The Quiz of the Ownership of Nigeria Oil as Raised by Chief Edwin Clark & President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Debates: The Borderline between Ownership and Trusteeship of Pure Resources in Nigeria – Dr Olukayode Ajulo, FCIArb. UK.’
Ajulo talked about, “President Olusegun Obasanjo, curiously and surprisingly, anchored his argument totally on legislation, whereas the resolution on the possession is train within the extant provision of our regulations and can maintain to as successfully be viewed from the geopolitical views of the Nigeria of this day’s tenuous existence.”
Citing the structure, Ajulo talked about, “The Nigerian Federal Government is the ‘de jure’ proprietor of the oil. Then again, the indubitable and straight forward actuality is that the Niger Delta discipline where the oil is stumbled on is the ‘de facto’ proprietor of the oil.”
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