Barring any last-minute change, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) has vowed to go ahead with the one million march in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States.
NINAS is the umbrella body of leading regional self-determination groups in the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria.
In NINAS, a renowned historian, Professor Banji Akintoye is representing the South-West and Yorubaland; the Lower Niger Congress under the leadership of Tony Nnadi is representing the South-South, South-East and Middle-Belt Renaissance Movement under the leadership of Professor Yusufu Turaki is representing the Middle Belt.
The Nation learnt the self-determination body will storm the UN on September 14, to demand for a referendum on self-determination and abolition of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holds from 14th- 21st September, 2021.
It was learnt that Nigerians in diaspora from the South East, South South, South West and Middle Belt’s clans, living in the United States of America, are being mobilised to stand up for their Indigenous Nationalities.
Akintoye, during an interview monitored by The Nation said, :”We want to show the world our plight so that we can see solutions. We can’t keep quiet. The mega rallies held in Southwest was a success, and it is not enough, but we need the world to understand our current plight.
“The Federal Government has tried to clamp down on our rallies, and some of the peaceful protesters were attacked, and some were arrested. We decided the rally that we’ve held at home is not enough, we need to go international.
“This rally is coming at a time the UN general assembly is going to be meeting in New York. This rally will help in solidifying self-determination agitation.
“The rally is going to be an inclusive one, we’ve done the necessary. We’ve formed alliance — NINAS — and we’ve agreed on the rally. We’ll have Yorubas, Igbos, Middle Belt, other regions will be at the rally.”