By Ndidi Uwechue
Let us start with definitions. So, quoting from IDnow online:
A Politically Exposed Person (PEP) is someone who, through their position or influence, is more susceptible to being involved in bribery, money laundering or corruption. This is usually someone who has been entrusted with a prominent public function in a government or international organization. Close business associates and family members are also considered PEPs.
PEPs are therefore the political class and some upper and middle classes of Nigeria. They are those who would be described as “Africa’s richest men” as well as “Nigeria’s billionaires” or “philanthropists”, or even “big boys” etc. (Plus their spouses, children and those who front for them as ”businessmen”).
PEPs are the ones whom foreign investors would seek out to do deals with. However, PEPs are also those who would seek loans or investors for what they would describe as “development projects”, and they also seek loans and investors for their own private businesses especially when the “godfather” who made them rich by helping them get political position or through political contracts etc is no longer assisting them, or when their political career has nosedived or is over. PEPs are also those who because of their position would be aware that Nigeria is a DISPUTED PROJECT, and the implications of that.
The international community had been Notified in the Notice of Constitutional Force Majeure declared by NINAS on 16 December 2020 that Nigeria had from that Declaration become a DISPUTED PROJECT.
NINAS is the Voice of the indigenous peoples and in exercise of the inalienable right of Sovereignty of the indigenous Ethnic Nations of the entire South and Middle Belt, through the Constitutional Force Majeure began the ENFORCEMENT phase of the Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution (a Forgery) and its Decommissioning using an ORDERLY PROCESS.
Reader, please pay attention to the title of the Notice of Constitutional Force Majeure quoted below for it states the problem and where the indigenous Ethnic Nations of the NINAS Territory are heading to.
Title of the Notice:
Notice Of Constitutional Grievances, Declaration Of Constitutional Force Majeure And Demand For Transitioning Process For An Orderly Reconfiguration Of The Constitutional Basis Of The Federation Of Nigeria.
In the section of the said Notice that starts with: ACCORDINGLY, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, after the Five-Point NINAS Proposition, the Notice informs that Nigeria had henceforth and until Resolution of the constitutional grievances brought on by the imposed fraudulent 1999 Constitution, become a DISPUTED PROJECT. Quoting:
“BY THIS PROCLAMATION, Let it be known to ALL, including International Money Lenders, that Nigeria is now a Disputed Project and that while the Constituent Components commit to honouring existing International Debt Obligations, WE CAUTION that whatever Obligations that may arise from any Foreign Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria from the date of this Proclamation may come into controversy.
Similarly, all Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria, containing any Clause that may Cede the Sovereignty of Nigeria or any part thereof in the event of Repayment Default shall be disputed as illicit, and in breach of the Sovereignty of the Federating Units.”
For, clearly, there is an obligation to inform any potential lender or investor that Nigeria as an entity, being anchored on a Fraud and Forgery (that 1999 Constitution) is highly unstable and the Owners of their ancestral lands, having Sovereignty are expected to Renegotiate the Union as stated in the Notice of Constitutional Force Majeure.
The world has its white collar criminals, the big con men who can become fabulously wealthy until they get caught. The quicker Nigeria’s DISPUTED PROJECT status is Resolved, the quicker investments and loans taken can become legitimate.
So refusing to acknowledge the constitutional grievances and not pushing for what ought to have been a quick Resolution given that the Methodology has also been on the Table, will ultimately impact the outcome of loans and investments gone into from 16 December 2020.
Withholding important and relevant information about Nigeria’s status as a DISPUTED PROJECT when seeking a loan or investors is FRAUD, because it is an intent to DECEIVE. Fraud may go unpunished in fantastically corrupt Nigeria, but foreign lenders and investors may have a different view about Fraud, Scams, and Con Men.
Ndidi Uwechue is a British citizen with Igbo heritage from the Lower Niger Bloc. She is a retired Metropolitan (London) Police Officer, she is a signatory to the Constitutional Force Majeure, and she writes from Abuja.