The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM) has held its 41st convention in Abuja with a call on African leaders to end the era of exploitation of the people, urging all Africans to work in unison to end impunity in the continent.
In an address by the President, NBM of Africa Worldwide, Engr. Felix Kupa he called for a renewed strategy to strengthen democratic ethos in Nigeria an Africa in general for the overall development of the people.
Read full address by the president below;
BEING AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT, ENGR. FELIX KUPA @ THE 41st CONVENTION AND LECTURES OF NBM OF AFRICA HELD ON 13TH APRIL, 2019 AT GRAND IBRO HOTELS, ABUJA.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our esteemed guests and Neo-Blackists: I address you as the President of NBM of Africa Worldwide. My address ties closely with recent elections and the outcomes of democracy across Nigeria, Sub-Sahara Africa and the world at large in recent times.
Just before I talk about the dire issues that brings us all together today, it is important I educate the general public about who we are, what we stand for and what we truly represent. Without mincing words, I want to reiterate like I have in the past that NBM of Africa does not represent violence or crime in any way or manner directly or indirectly. We have set a zero tolerance and condemn strongly any member who wants to tarnish the image of our dear movement. We are not ignorant that there are bad eggs amongst us like every organisation, religion and nation do posses. I am assuring you today, that we are working tirelessly to weed such persons out of our midst as they do not represent us. We are keen on this and we will go any length to see it through. We have closed branch chapters, excommunicated unruly members and working with law enforcement agents to see how such criminals are brought to book. Our constitution is available to the general public and the content speaks for itself on our position on criminal and illicit activities.
Back to the crux of our August gathering. It is important for me to bring to our remembrance how most of Africa including our beloved country Nigeria was under the colonial rule. How Europe dominated most of Africa and how the black race, our people and our heroes were enslaved and criminalised…
Do I need to remind us of the likes of Anthony Enahoro, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah who amongst other great leaders fought for independence of their nations? I am sure not! Era where nonchalant attitude towards the black culture and it’s people was a given.
Today, we will say we are at least emancipated from the colonial masters.
Do I also need to remind us of the military era across most part of Africa, particularly in Nigeria? Where heroes like Kudirat Abiola, members of Campaign for Democracy and other lovers of democracy who fought to get us where we are today were killed, imprisoned. Today, we will say we are free from the military era.
That brings us to to a new paradigm- “Democracy”, which is the crux of our convention. A paradigm that should reflect that every group, tribe, gender are seen as same, where non is seen as inherently superior. Democracy a paradigm where the will of the people counts in choice of leadership, right to life, a paradigm that recognises all forms of human rights. I will ask all of you, Is that the democracy we enjoy today as a nation and a people?
I will attempt to state what I perceive, sadly as it is, a situation where Blacks are exploiting blacks, Nigerians exploiting Nigerians! What bothers me more is the willingness for a continuous exploitation amongst same race and people. Can we stop this exploitation? Yes we can work to curb it to a vanishing point.
How do we do it? We are hoping the dialogues and discussions of our speakers and outcomes of this convention can birth that discourse. We are hoping we can advance from the circumstances of our birth- as women; people from ethnic minority background; people of diverse religion and tribes to a place where our voice is heard and our rights respected for who we are and not what we are.
I enjoin everyone far and near to join their voice in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy. Only with our voices can we get it right and ensure DEMOCRACY is defined and felt in our nation for what it truly is. Will you kindly join your voice?
God bless you All,
God bless Nigeria,
God bless NBM of Africa.
Engr. Felix Kupa,
President, NBM Of Africa, Worldwide.
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