The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has
called for the immediate break-up of Nigeria, saying: “Let us go our
separate ways, because the country called Nigeria is not working.”
The call was made by the Spokesman of
the NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, who revealed that God did not create
Nigeria, but Lord Lugard did, hence the need for the regions brought
together by the colonial master to go their separate ways.
Abdullahi in a telephone interview with
The Nation Newspaper, said Nigerians should waste no further time in
correcting the mistake of Lord Lugard.
According to him: “I
have spoken extensively on this issue of restructuring, and I gave
reasons why Nigeria has failed. The elites have insisted that Nigeria
should work, which is why I am advocating that the mistake Lugard made
in 1914 should be revisited.
“Lugard made mistake by bringing us
together, and I don’t take it that God made this country, it was Lugard
who made it. And now that we have agreed that he has made a mistake, we
should correct it. Correcting it here means that we should go to the
structures he put together, and go our separate ways; or at best, I
support the position taken by the South-West, that we should go to our
former regions. That is my position.
“If we cannot work Nigeria for 100
years, we should do something else, and doing something else means that
we either go our separate ways, or go back to a point where our Leaders
agreed for once that Nigeria should gain independence, but the original
federal system. I also agree with the South-West’s position that we
should have our parliamentary system back.
“We should stop wasting time by
organising constitutional conferences. Each time we organise the
constitutional conference, they will say there is nothing wrong with the
provisions of our Constitution, it is the people working it that are
not implementing it properly. So, this shows that it is the Nigeria
political class and the elites that have failed. So, why don’t we stop
now and retrace our steps and go back to 1960?
“If we go our separate ways, I believe
the people in the West as they always argue, will do like our father,
Chief Awolowo did, people in the East will do like Zik did, and people
in the North will do the same that Sardauna left for us.
“It is because the political class are
selfish, that they don’t want to hear these views. They don’t want to
hear that Nigeria is divisible, which is nonsense.
“You can’t say that Nigeria’s unity is
non-negotiable, it is not true, because the President said recently that
Nigeria’s unity has been settled. It has not been settled. So, you
cannot say Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable”, he said.