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‘North’s Not Scared of Disintegration’

19 Apr 2012

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Former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi


By John Shiklam 

Northern leaders under the aegis of Arewa Elders Forum (AEF) said Wednesday that it was not opposed to the disintegration of the Nigerian nation, if some people insist that everyone should go his separate way, maintaining that there was nothing the North was gaining from the current arrangement that other sections of the country were not getting.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a prominent member of the forum and former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABUTH), Zaria, Kaduna State, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the region was not afraid of the   agitation by southerners for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), arguing that the north can survive if the country breaks up.

Abdullahi who also served as Adviser on Food Security to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, recalled that the agitation for the SNC had been on for over two decades, saying the north  had resolved not to cause the division of Nigeria.

“We know this is an old call, it’s been long for over 20 years, and they have been saying the corporate existence of the country, that the federal system is faulty. They are keen in sitting down to discuss what kind of arrangement would be conducive for Nigerians… this is an old call and it is not a new thing,…..some people are hiding under the guise of this agitation to show that they are tired of staying in a united  Nigeria,”

“Therefore, we have resolved that we are not going to be the cause of Nigeria breaking up but if others decided that the country should be divided, and they insisted that Nigeria should break up, we won’t say no because we realised there is nothing we are getting in the current arrangement that other sections of the country are not getting. If they insisted, why don’t we sit down and talk? 

“If at the end everybody agree that Nigeria should be divided, if at the long run, everybody is satisfied that the country should break up, let it be,” he said.

On whether the North could be able to stand on its own when the country eventually breaks up, Abdullahi explained that the North has always been on its own because the poor in the North has always been on his own.

“He (the poor) feeds himself from what he cultivates in the farms and feeds Nigeria up till tomorrow. It is possible if all Northerners would return to what their forefathers did through agriculture with which proceeds they built the North and Nigeria as a whole.

“The land is still there and the water……our forefathers built all the factories, the textiles, the oil mills in Kano, all were built from agricultural proceeds. Therefore if we returned to what we have, God has given us fertile land, we won’t lack what to do and we will surely stand on our own no matter the situation this country finds itself,” he said.

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  • Let the bombings stop. You cant be killing and maiming innocent people and think all u need to survive is ur farm. Tell ur children to stop killing innocent people.

    From: Crusoe Osagie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Prof.Inakwana sir,kwana biu,yaya Zaria,da family nka?
    Pleas sir,retrieve this statement as you have contributed in many ways to build the present day Nation.your good work should be remebered even after your demise.As one of the respected ,ELDERLY and ORDERLY. Peace should be agitated for,do not allow small mind to drag you in to mud.Where were those agitators,when you elders were BOYS?

    From: adewumi Bello(UK)

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It is a wrong assumption that people are hiding behind the call for SNC to divide Nigeria. The same wrong assumptions about Nigeria & Nigerians. It is those who are opposed to it that want Nigeria to break up because they are enjoying the milking & siphoning of our resources. New generation of NIgerians would not ask too much question but take up arms.

    From: 'Deboro

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Who is calling for the division of Nigeria? Is it not the group that is violently destroying lives and properties that is calling for the division of Nigeria;Is it not the so called political elders who would want to make Nigeria ungovernable through boko harramist and other religious extremist because they did not produce the president of Nigeria that is calling for the division of Nigeria. How many northerner are being killed in the south south south, south west, and south east for religious and political reasons? Prof should em back on educating his people on the need for peaceful coexistence rather than accusing the south on the call to divide Nigeria while he is part of the callers by not speaking the truth to his Northern brothers.

    From: Nwichi Obi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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