by Hauwa Gambo
For months, Southern Leaders – especially from the South-South have been speaking loudly about Nigeria’s fragile unity amid calls for a Sovereign National Conference and renewed calls for resource control.
Well, some Northern leaders have now called their bluff. Rising from a meeting yesterday, some northern leaders, under the Arewa Elders Forum on Wednesday, said the North can stand on its own in a divided Nigeria.
Former adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Food Security, Prof. Ango Abdullahi told the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service in Kaduna that the region would survive on agriculture if the country divides.
Abudullahi, who is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, however said the North will not insist on a break up – while accusing agitators for a national conference of using as a cover to attack Nigeria’s unity.
“We have resolved that we are not going to be the cause of Nigeria breaking up,” he said. “But if others decide that the country should be divided, and they insist that Nigeria should break up, we won’t say no because we realise there is nothing we are getting in the current arrangement that other sections of the country are not getting.
“If they insist, why don’t we sit down and talk? If at the end everybody agrees that Nigeria should be divided, if in the long run, everybody is satisfied that the country should break up, let it be.”