Northern leaders say: “We are ready for Nigeria to break up”

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.”

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  1. Well i don't blame d norther's 4 dere stupidity n lack of knowledge. But all blames goes to late N namdi Azikiwe 4 d wrng decision he make by uniting us as one Nigeria. Looking at d history of d world d muslism are known as d most voilent and terrorist pple in d world record all b/cos of dere selfish believe in dere religious n dat is what dey hav succeeced in turning our country into as one of d terrorist country by organizing a certains group named boko harm all dis b/cos president jonathan goodluck comes 4rm south-south. But over since 35 yrs or even above d northern's n s/western's hav b ruling dese country n yet we are nt complaining or rising any alarm even wen Chuba okadigbao was murder by d northerns b/cos of d hidden secret agreement between dem n d s/western dat stated dat d s/southern's n s/easterns wil neva smell d presidential seat dat he saw. Yet we keep quiet all b/cos our religion thought n believes in peace n luv of one anoda. Even during d Niger delta crisis dey is nothing like destoring country properties through bombing n killng of innocent souls espeacially dose dat were killed in dere worshippng place. They is nobody in life who doesn't knw what is evil n what is gud. For me i must say dat enough is enough n if only dividing dese country wil bring peace 2 dese nation den let it be. PEACE

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