The second condition for any transaction to hold is recognising my right to reject your offer, if I am not satisfied with the terms of the deal. In other words, each side should have the right to ‘walk away’ from the negotiation table ‘freely’ if he is not satisfied with the condition of the deal. The first condition must not be confused with the first. They are completely different. Expression of interest is not the same as buying or selling or closing a deal. You might show interest in acquiring, for example, a business or property that you saw in an advertisement, or going into partnership, but change your mind about the whole deal after learning about the price or conditions, or if you just can’t reach an agreement with the seller or the potential partner. If you point a pistol at my head and ask me to sell my property or business to you for example at a knock down price or at the market price or even 10 times above the market price, is the deal valid? Definitely NO! Why Because it was not a deal that I entered into voluntarily. It was a deal that I was compelled to go into under duress. I was forced to sell my property or company to you because I feared for my life. The issue here is not just the price which my property or company was sold to you. The price could even be 1000 times higher than the market price. But the major point here is that I was forced to enter into this deal with you. You did not give me the opportunity to decide voluntarily by myself.
The same reasoning and logic could be extended to membership in any club or organization. If a club is already in existence, and I am interested in joining, I have two options – either to accept the rules of the organization completely, without any condition or amendment; or renegotiate my membership by requesting that some rules be removed completely or new ones added or the old ones amended. In any case, at the end of the day, the final decision to be or not to be a member of the organization should be solely mine.
If we assume that
In order to grasp the serious flaw in the CA that the North is proposing to us, an example needs to be given. Imagine that you are a woman. And one night when you were deep asleep, a man broke into your house and rapes you. When you wanted to shout and run away, he beat you to the extent that you lost consciousness and almost died. He locked you up in your house and gave you a stern warning that if you ever shouted or dared to run away, he was going to kill you. This man, nevertheless, continued raping, insulting, humiliating, intimidating you for years. When he realised that you were not going to give up and was just waiting for a good opportunity to kill him and get rid of him for good he came up with a plan. One night, when you were deep asleep, he woke you up suddenly and proposed that you talked things out and that as a matter of fact he would love to get married to you and live with you for ever as husband and wife! But while talking to you, he had a very long and sharp knife in his hand which he was flashing at you. The invader did not even bother if you wanted to see him again talkless of getting married to him officially. The invader did not even bother asking you whether you once had a man whom you really loved before he raided your house. The invader did not even bother asking you whether you would love to be alone or go back to this man. He just assumed that you had nobody before he raided your house. The invaded assumed that you don’t even want to be alone. The invader assumed that it’s your dream to spend the rest of your life with him after all he had done to you! The invader just assumed that you are really very happy with the fact that he had been raping, suppressing, humiliating, intimidating and oppressing you all these years. He assumed that all both of you had to do in order to put things right was just to talk and get married to him later! He is forcing himself on you again! He didn’t even give you any option except to continue living with him in hell till the rest of your life! It never occurred to him that if you had the power, you would be glad not to just get rid of him but make him pay ‘dearly’ for all the inhuman treatments that he had subjected you to.
The above, without any exaggeration, illustrates exactly the CA that the North is proposing to the South. The North has been stealing the resources of the South for almost 50 years. Multinational oil companies, with the endorsement of the North, have been polluting the
The Federal government, for years, have labelled the the
The Northern led federal government headed by Gowon murdered more than 3 million Ndigbos, Ijaws, Ibiobios and other ethnic groups in the South south between 1967-1970. Their crime was that they wanted to use their own resources for their own development. They wanted their own separate country, without the North, where they could take decisions that completely meet their economic, political and military interests. They did not ask the North for anything except to be on their own and live as they lived before the invasion of their territories by the greedy British. But, as far as Murtala Muhammad, Theophilus Danjuma and other Northerners were concerned their decision amounted to TREASON, and this was enough to justify a pogrom without any remorse. Despite the ‘No Victor, No Vanquished’ declaration after the war, the Northern led Federal government has not done anything to rehabilitate the Ndigbos and bring them back to the fold. Instead, the wounds of the war was even enlarged! The Ndigbos were hunted all over
Yaradua led Federal government is proposing CA to the
Taking into consideration the undisputed fact that the North has a grip on power, constitute an overwhelming majority in the army, and the strong presence of the army and police in the Niger delta, the CA being offered by the North is like a bandit pointing a gun at you and offering you to discuss your membership in his band or organization and sign membership documents. God forbids if you don’t sign the membership documents that he has already prepared before even inviting you for talks. He will accuse you of disloyalty, treachery, unpatriotism, terrorism e.t.c. and just blow up your head. As far as the CA is concerned, this is a very important point that we are either overlooking or have taken for granted or both.
The above is just one aspect of the serious flaw in the proposed CA by the Yaradua led federal government. The second aspect and serious flaw is the ‘legality’ and ‘morality.’ People who are supposed to make laws or mend the Constitution are not only supposed to be learned and noble citizens, but the legality of their election into the highest law making body of the country should be undisputed. As we are all well aware, the 2007 elections, at all levels including the presidential, is the worst election ever conducted in the history of
The Constitution of many developed and democratic countries were enacted by legal luminaries, scholars, successful and honest business men and distinguished citizens, who have excelled in their respective professions and relentless service to their country. For example, the American Constitution written by Thomas Jefferson, a distinguished lawyer who later became the third president of the
To say that the present members of the Senate and House of Representatives are not competent or fit to amend
Imagine somebody like Patricia Etteh, who spent millions of naira just on renovating and decorating her mansion amending our constitution. Imagine Iyabo Obasanjo, who had to scale the high fence surrounding her house to avoid arrest by the EFCC, enacting our constitution. If only the EFCC knew beforehand about her high jump skills, they could had taken along with them an equally very good high jumper to jump the fence immediately after her in order to arrest her. And what a pity that Nigeria did not discover on time that she possessed such an extraordinary talent in high jumping, we could had sent her to the Olympics to represent us, and she would had definitely returned back to Nigeria with nothing less than a gold medal! What a pity! Imagine David Mark, the Senate president, whose election to the Senate has been annulled by the court, amending our constitution. David Mark’s derogatory statement, made when he was the Minister of telecommunications, that “telephone was a ‘luxury,’ and not meant for poor people” is still fresh in our memory. It never occurred to this corrupt and incompetent retired criminal officer that even in
Likewise, it will be ridiculous to expect Dimeji Bankole, the speaker of the House, who embraced, wined and dined with Babangida, the evil genius, at the marriage ceremony of his daughter, Aishat, that took place in April 2008 to enact a peoples’ constitution that will be against the selfish political and economic interests of Babangida and other Northern political elites. IT’S JUST IMPOSSIBLE! After all, according to a Yoruba proverb “Aguntan to ba ba aja rin, a je igbe.” Meaning that “If a lamb keeps a dog company, it’s bound to eat garbage. And what about the English proverb that says that “Birds of the same feather fly together?”
Dimeji Bankole’s visit to Lagos in May 2008 where he threatened that the House of Representatives would only recognise 20 local governments instead of 57 that Lagos was planning to hold elections is another proof that Dimeji Bankole indeed is another anti-South and the Judas Iscariot among us in the South that the North has been using all along to accomplish their selfish political and economic agenda. The fact that
At the same meeting held in