Date: February 18, 2020, 04:18:23 PM
North may keep presidency for 100 years – Prof Ango Abdullahi: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
What do you make of the recent calls for Nigeria’s break up especially from southern leaders allegedly over the refusal of the north to agree to a full-scale restructuring of the country? What is your position on this?Well, my recollection as per what I read in Saturday Sun newspaper of September 29, 2019, our respected elder statesman that made that statement on break-up is Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere, a group that Northern elders had worked with especially before 2019 elections.When I read details of the interview, I saw his reason behind his angry comment that the north, in fact, he did not the say north alone but he said Northern Muslims. He used the word Northern Muslims.This is really less expected from someone who has been part of the Nigerian history like him at the age of almost 90 years. Specifically, he said Northern Muslims are responsible for the crises that Nigeria found itself in today. The question to ask him is that how does he expect the Northern Muslims referred to as responsible for problems in Nigeria today come to work with him or anybody he represents because these are his words, not mine. If he doubts this, he should go and check his words in the interview, to the extent that he was suggesting that South -west, South- east, South-South and what he described as progressive Middle Belt should work together to solve the problem of Nigeria.So that has an implication, yes, his definition of Northern Muslims and the area they live should be excluded from future Nigerian state of his dream. Now obviously, it was his suggestion that if Northern Muslims did not change their ways, which I don’t know which ways he is referring to, we shall be excluded from Nigeria. He has not spelt out what the Northern Muslims have done or have not done that led to crises of Nigeria today.So if that is the thesis, then, of course, Adebanjo has to find a solution. How the rest of the country could come together and exclude the Muslim North out of present Nigeria; that is maybe to nurture a baby and see whether it will survive. He was emphatic on Muslims North, which perhaps means Hausa/Fulani. If we were not going to do their bidding which he did not make it known, then we shall be excluded from this nation.So, that made him to say that the country can break-up. Well, first and foremost, he has to work hard to see that he galvanize these areas that he prefers to work with, and see whether it is possible or feasible or workable. From all indications, I can assure him or whoever holds the same illusion that is not possible.Not even to the level of breaking up the country into the units. If he is saying the present federating structure of Nigeria is not working enough, or efficient, then he can call for a summit so that all the units would agree and restructure. Because I agree that some arrangements of our states are not working enough. Look at some states who claim because they are producing oil are taking a lot of money from revenue derivation against other parts of the country.If he is looking at the restructuring on the basis of viability of the various units that constitute the federating units, then we will be partners in that discussion but if the discussion is already on prejudice against a tribe or ethnic group then it is already dead on arrival. Northern Elders believe so much in the unity of this country but not at the expense of any part of the country. If Adebanjo and any other person with the same view are serious about a break-up, the North is not afraid and is ready.
The interview is long, but there is still the "meat of the sandwich" which shall be highlighted below:Read this statement carefully (and between the lines), and you would see that Nigeria can never really continue as one country without significant mindset changes in the North. The mindset in the North is that Nigeria must continue on Northern terms, and that is illusory. Isn't it obvious to ANY fair observer, that Nigeria's problem is actually bred mainly in the North?Education? Can the North honestly claim to even try to match the South?Human capital development? Is the North even up to basic African standard?Violence as a means to a goal? Isn't Northern Nigeria arguably the most violent part of Africa today at par with even Somalia?If oil were to become useless today in the international markets, can Nigeria depend on the so called huge population in the North for tax revenue? HOW IS THE NORTH of benefit to Nigeria really? This question needs to be asked!In THIS THREAD, I made a case that Igbo can raise 6 TRILLION NAIRA in one year if the right leadership emerges to lead it. Can the North say the same thing? Which Northern youth would pay N200,000 for ANYTHING?Can a sane person compare Ango Abdullahi with Pa Ayo Adebanjo as far as integrity is concerned?Nna mehn, old age is supposed to mean something in Africa, but this man isn't even trying to respect his age.Nigeria will certainly disintegrate because of people like this man. He thinks that decent human beings would pass slavery to their children unborn?He will get a shocker of his life when the time comes; on that day he will see that "Taliban" is not an exclusive tendency of Islam or a section of the country.