North is ready for national dialogue, not afraid of break-up – Northern leaders

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Northern leaders under the auspices of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and North’s Governors’ Forum have expressed readiness for the convocation as well as the outcome of the proposed national conference by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

The Northern Elders Forum has said the North is however nursing no fear of an eventual break-up of Nigeria if the nothern citizens vote for it at the conference while the North’s Governors’ Forum chaired by Governor Babangida Aliyu said the north is ready to fully partake in the conference.

NEF spokesman, Prof.  Ango Abdullahi, said there is wrong with Nigerians sitting down to discuss their problems during an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

Abdullahi further explained that contrary to the views held in certain quarters, “northerners were not opposed to any form of dialogue in whatever form or shape”.

“There is no problem with Nigerians sitting down to discuss their problems whether in the form of dialogue, whether in a form of conference, whether in the form of a meeting, even in the form of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC).

“The SNC that people are advocating; people are saying that it is a way for Nigeria to break up. This shouldn’t be a problem. Even in Britain today, Scotland is still agitating to opt out of the United Kingdom;  even the Northern Island problem is still there.

“In Spain, there are separatist groups agitating for independence. Even recently,  we had in the Soviet Union and  it has broken up into 11 different countries.

“India was created in 1948, in one year there was Pakistan, in another year there was Bangladesh. So why shouldn’t it happen in Nigeria if they (advocates of SNC) believe this is the way to go?” he queried.

The former vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said the national conference should not be a worrisome issue for any Nigerian, but added that the earlier Nigerians accepted that Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities could never dissolve into one, the better.

Abdullahi also noted that it was probably out of the desire to make something out of the situation that led to the several conferences that had been held since 1914.

However, he expressed fears that the current attempt by the Jonathan administration to hold another conference when the reports of previous ones, held constitutional conferences in 1976, 1978, 1988, 1994/1995 and 2005, had not been implemented was suspicious.

Besides, Aliyu affirmed that the North is ready to discuss the way forward for the country through the proposed national dialogue,

“We should not be afraid of our present situation. We should be able to tell ourselves how we came to where we are now”, he said.

Aliyiu also said that his state and others in the region have oil deposit. According to him, “Niger state has oil, gold and solid minerals” hence, the region and other parts of the country endeavour to cme out and discuss “confidently in ensuring justice, equity and fairness”.

“We welcome the conference”, he stated.

The governor insisted that no section of the country should feel intimidated with unfolding events in the country especially the struggle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) adding “if the PDP goes well, Nigeria will go well.”

He urged his fellow northerners to remain steadfast and avoid fears for their situation in the country.

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  1. Ambymekus says

    AMAECHI AND G7 GOVERNORS, WHERE IS CONSCIENCE, HAS IT ACTUALLY DIED, WHAT ACTUALLY GUILDS PEOPLE WHEN THEY SPEAK THESE DAYS, HAS THIS BECOME THE CLASSICAL CASE AND EVIDENCE OF OBSESSION, CAN ONE ACTUALLY ADVICE PEOPLE TO DO WHAT ONE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN OR DO, WHAT ACTUALLY IS AMAECHI’S MORALE GROUND WHEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT EQUITY, FAIRNESS, RULE OF LAW AND DEMOCRACY? YES, AMAECHI SHOULD ACTUALLY TELL US HOW HE HAS NOT BETRAYED ALL THESE BABITS AND LAWS OF NATURE. WHERE IS FAIRNESS THAT BROUGHT AMAECHI IN POWER, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU PRESERVED IT WITH THE POWER IT HAS GIVEN YOU, DO YOU ONLY CALL ON FAIRNESS ONLY WHEN YOU BECOME UNFAIR TO FAIRNESS AND AS A RESULT OF YOUR UNFAIRNESS, THE NATURE WANTS TO TAKE IT’S COURSE ON? DOES FAIRNESS PERMIT FIGHTING AND GANGING AGAINST A BROTHER SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DESIRE HIS POST OR RATHER, A POST CLOSER HIS, DOES FAIRNESS SAY DON’T BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER EVEN WHEN YOU ARE CONVINCED HE HAS BEEN A GOOD MAN, DOES FAIRNESS TEACH YOU TO UNLAWFULLY AND IN AN INTIMIDATING MANNER, REMOVE YOUR BROTHERS AS COUNCILLORS AND EVEN REFUSE TO REINSTATE THEM WHEN THE EQUITY AND FAIRNESS THAT BROUGHT YOU TO POWER HAS ASKED YOU TO CALL THEM BACK? AMAECHI, YES, YOU HAVE ERRED AND BECOME A PRODIGAL SON TO THE LAND THAT HAS SHIELDED YOU IN YOUR TIME OF WEAKNESS, THE PROBLEM WE HAVE MOST TIMES IS THE PRIDE THAT BLINDS US FROM ACCEPTING MISTAKES AND ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS. COMMON SENSE SHOULD HAVE INFORMED YOU THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED YOU TO HATCH THIS EVIL AGAINST YOUR LAND AND PROTHER, CAN NEVER BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOU KNOWING THAT, IF YOU CAN FIGHT YOUR BROTHER WITHOUT FINDING ANY FALT IN HIM, YOU CAN EVEN KILL THEM WHEN THEY ALLOW YOU TO COME CLOSE. STUBBORN FLY THEY SAY, FOLLOWS THE CORPSE INTO THE GRAVE. RETRACE YOUR STEP NOW AND AMWND YOUR WAYS, IGNORE WOLE SOYINKA AND HIS ADVICES. IF I WERE YOU, I SHOULD HAVE ASKED HIM HOW HE GOT CRIME INTO THE UNIVERSITIES AND WHAT IMPACT HE HAS MADE IN THE COUNTRY, WHY HE LIKES GOING AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR DOLLARS AND POUNDS AND EUROS AND EVEN NAIRA IN PORTHARCOURT, DOES HE NOT HAVE A STATE, AND IF HE IS IMPORTANT, WHY HAS HE NOT USED THIS HIS IMPORTANCE TAKE HIS STATE BETTER BEFORE EXTENDING HIS RESERVE TO A STATE THAT IS FAR MUCH BETTER THAN HIS STATE? BE REASONABLE AND STOP LIVING EXPOSING YOURSELF IN THE PUBLIC. OR DO YOU THINK NIGERIANS ARE STILL UNREASONABLE? BETTER CHECK IF YOU ARE THE ONE BEING UNREASONABLE. PLEASE, DESIST FROM THE ATTITUDE OF CALLING YOUTHS TO VIOLENCE WHEN YOU HAVE SENT YOUR OWN CHILDREN OVERSEAS TO SAFEGUAED AND EDUCATE AND EQUIP THEM FOR FUTURE. BRING YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO COME AND DO THE FIGHTING. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

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