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If Nigeria Wants To Breakup, Let It Break Up – We Are Ready – Professor Ango Abdullahi

Pre 1914 Or 1960 Regional Governments – We Are Ready

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) secretary and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ango Abdullahi has come out to declare that the north is not afraid of the break-up of Nigeria.

prof.-ango-abdullahiThis was made known at a two day conference on “The North and the Future of Nigerian Federation”, organized by the Arewa Research and Development Project, in collaboration with Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation; the Northern Elders Forum; Arewa Consultative Forum; Code Group; Northern Delegates Forum; Arewa Reawakening; Jamiyar Matan Arewa and Forum for Northern Youths Organisations.

Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who also were present at the meeting said that the north had nothing to fear about restructuring of the country.

While Atiku said the north was not afraid of restructuring because it stood to gain more if more power was devolved to the federating units, Governor Tambuwal, who is also the chairman of Northern Governors and Traditional Rulers Committee on Restructuring, said to show that the north had nothing to fear about restructuring, northern governors and traditional rulers forum had set up a committee to aggregate the views of the north on the issue.

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Atiku-AbubakarAbdullahi said the north was ready to go back to the pre-1914 arrangement or return to the regions as they existed in 1960.

  “If we can’t go back to1914, we should go back to 1960, regional governance. North is not afraid of getting its North back, just like those that want East and West. I see this as a political manoeuvre and the North will not take it.” 

“Restructuring means so many things to many people, but to me, I am not speaking for Unongo or NEF, when I was confronted about this, by people from the South, we sat with Prof Nwabueze and he said Nigeria is unbalanced and Lugard made mistake by amalgamation and North has always dominated that’s why they asked for national conference in 2014.”

“We reminded him that the North has always sacrificed for the unity of Nigeria. I was a student when we got independence and we saw that each time there was need to unite, Nigeria, the North made the largest sacrifice.”

He furthermore reiterated that the north had always been interested in the unity of the country and has sacrificed the most.

“Now we have 36 states from three regions which existed in 1960. No country has had constitutional conference like Nigeria, yet it has not created basis for a united country.”

“We ought to have realized from that, that the failure of operators of the country is needed, if we want to restructure Nigeria, we have to start from the beginning, 1914, North and South, let’s go our separate ways.” 

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