The Indigenous People Of Niger Delta IPND, a pro-Niger Delta group, has called on the National Assembly Constitution Review Committee to ensure the abolition of the Land Use Act from the Constitution.
It faulted the land Use Act decree, which according to them was delibrately planted in the Constitution to criminalize, exploit, subdue and marginalize the Indigenous People Of Niger Delta by taking away the rights to lands and resources of the people of Niger Delta.
President General of the Group, Tiemo Pumokumo, in a press release, said ” we , reject the subjecting of Niger Deltans rights to self determination to a vote of majority in the National Assembly, when we are called a Minority.
“A Constitution is meant to guarantee and protect our rights and not to take away our rights, land, resources, culture and heritage. Our Constitution should promote togetherness, unity, stronger cohesion and not promote disunity which is the present situation in Nigeria today”.
“A Constitution is the primary contract or law by which the government of a nation or state is set out and organized, the Indigenous People Of Niger Delta never signed this Contract taking away their rights,lands and resources”.
“A nation is a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, history, ethnicity, or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. It is a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests. This is not the case in Nigeria.”
“We must all condemn the wrong impression that the North has more numbers in the National Assembly than the South, hence calling it a game of numbers. We must device means by which we can continue to live in peace and sustain our unity as a nation”.
Pumokumo decried that the present constitution of Nigeria is not a true representation or reflection of the entire people of the country, adding that the political class and elected Representatives have disappointed the country and Nigerians.
He condemned the delibrate and continued suppression and violation of the Rights and freedom of the Niger Delta People, a region whose resources sustain the Nigerian economy for decades, noting that politicians from the region must wake up to speak and protest against the continued injustice.