National Confab: Adamawa Threatens Secession

Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu

Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

The National Conference continued on a rancorous note on Wednesday morning with one of the prominent monarchs at the forum, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdaphar, the Lamido Adamawa, threatening to pull his people out of Nigeria over what he described as the “behaviour of some elders who claimed to be supporters of President Jonathan.”

The traditional ruler who said he had tried unsuccessfully to speak for three days because he was not given the chance said the delegates who he refused to mention are putting the nation’s unity at risk with their behaviour.

Though some delegates attempted to shut him up with spontaneous shouts of “no, no, no” despite pleas by Justice Idris Kutigi that they should allow him to finish his speech, the traditional ruler continued speaking.

Alhaji Musdaphar Aliyu
Alhaji Musdaphar Aliyu

In obvious reference to controversies that have been generated over whether 75 per cent or 2/3 support of delegates will be needed to ratify a decision, especially when it is impossible to reach a consensus, the monarch said he was surprised at the behaviour of some delegates since President Goodluck Jonathan had already stipulated what can be discussed at the conference.

(watch the video here, courtesy of Daily Trust newspaper):

The Lamido therefore warned that his Kingdom transcends Nigeria and he is also ready to pull his people out if the country splits as a result of the action of some people at the conference. He said if his people are pushed to the wall,  they can easily walk out of this country.

The Monarch added that “jingoism is not the preserve of anyone.”

“There is a state in Cameroon called Adamawa and if I run to that place, I can easily assimilate,” said the traditional ruler.

Meanwhile, the Conference adjourned till later in the day to enable delegates tackle the contentious issue of whether 75 per cent or 2/3 support of delegates should be needed to adopt a decision.

Justice Kutigi had directed his deputy, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, to  call out some leaders of the delegates for an urgent meeting to resolve the issue which has resulted in the South/North divide at the conference.

The issue of how voting would be conducted on crucial issues based on committee reports attracted heated debates, and following on suggestions by members, had to be stood down for further deliberation.

It was suggested that the Conference Chairman should invite leaders of the six geo-political zones for further consultation, deliberation and negotiation, and report back to the Conference.

During debates on the issue  on Tuesday, those who said all issues should be resolved by consensus or at least 75 per cent majority vote refused to accept a resolution through individual votes, arguing that those who favoured two-third majority seem to be more in number.

Chief Edwin Clark cautioned that the position of both parties must not be allowed to stall proceedings at the conference and that to get out of the situation, delegates should vote on whether to accept three-quarter majority vote or two-third.

This position was rejected by Dr. Bello Mohammed from Kebbi State who insisted that every decision must be reached by consensus, arguing that the conference was not about majority or minority but was about the Nigerian state.

Former Commandant of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga said the argument was a straight tussle between those who wanted change and those who wanted retention of the status quo. He concluded that two-third majority vote remained the only solution.

Bashiru Albasu, a retired police officer cautioned delegates that, “if this issue is not handled carefully, it will break this Conference. I suggest that we refer this issue back to those who established this Conference.”.

In their contributions, both Fola Adeola from Ogun State and Atedo Peterside moved that the Conference Chairman meet with leaders of delegates from the six geo-political zones for further deliberation on the issue and report back to the Conference.

This was after a delegate, Okon Osung (Akwa Ibom State) noted that, “we cannot discuss any other issue successfully except we are guided by our rules.”

He was supported by Akin Oyebode from Ekiti State.

43 COMMENTS

  1. It is great to read all the comments and see that we are passionate about Nigeria.

    What I frown on in all this talk is that we are letting bitterness overcome our better selves. How can we forge ahead with so much animosity for some in our country?
    The North contributes to this country, so also do the south and other regions, what we need is to ask what “WE CAN DO FOR OUR NIGERIA, NOT WHAT NIGERIA CAN DO FOR US” for this is the only way forward for nigeria.
    Remeber, oil is not a renewable resource and it would be exhausted some day. Our intellectual capital, enterprise and energy of the Nigerian people is the only thing we could count on in the complex and very competitive world.
    So let us stop pointing fingers and start thinking for there our better future lies

  2. North is still under the illusion that they built Niger delta with money from ground nut, cotton etc. Where are these ground nut, cotton and others. stupid people. Nigeria will one day collapse. Go and read the history of Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union etc. Where are they today? A matter of time

  3. Pls confab should discuss how the cattle, the groundnut,carrot, sugar cane will be piped from the north like oil is piped from the Delta to the rest of Nigeria. god bless nigeria

    • The proceeds from the exports of cattle, groundnuts, carrots, sugarcane etc was used to pay for the oil exploration and purchase of those pipes. Where were the Deltans then? Prior to that do they have anything to export? We sponsored the piping with our own sweat & moreover this oil as u called it is being drilled off-shore not on-shore. So my fellow countryman, the oil is outside the boundaries of the Niger-Delta. It is within the International boundaries which is what our pple fought for in the past. If not 4 us do u think Niger-Delta would have explored & discovered what u claim 2 be urs?

  4. I will not support that 2third majority should over ride on any decision taken at the national conference. That is what has been stopping us from moving forward as a people and a country for a very long time now, because some certain persons believe they are the majority. Decisions should be based on fact and sincerity.

  5. I watched and listened attentively to the Lamido of Adamawa, his core message was that he was drawing the chairman’s attention to the fact that the issues discussed was not in line with the mandate His Excellency. President Good luck Jonathan had given them.
    But the media focused on a mere example he gave about the cameroun. Also the Lamido said”God forbid ” even before he talked about the country disintegrating.
    I advise the media to listen and understand a speaker before rushing to make publications

  6. Thank God for using the Lamido of Adamawa to expose their origin and long time hidden agenda. Let Nigerians know that Adamawa province of Cameroon were side by side with former GONGOLA state in Nigerian map. The palace went and change our historical name to the name of their grand father Lamido adama without our consent. We that are from Hong,Michika,numan, guyuk, Mubi, Madagali, Maiha,song,etc will never be part of your agenda. You can only join Cameroon with your relations that originated from Cameroon.” I love GONGOLA, GONGOLA is my state”. We want words of unity not words of division. We want our elders to know that we will remain united Nigeria with or without you by the grace of God. I pray that God should help our confab delegates to resist every form of intimidation in JESUS NAME.

    • I searched the map of Nigeria but could not find a state called Gongola that u so much love as your state. Abi this State u mentioned exists in another country & not Nigeria? Or are u living in d past when Nigeria had only 19 States & not 36 States? It’s not the Lamido Adamawa that hampered your progress & delopment but u urselves. U always try 2 find faults with the Fulanis but yet the average Fulani man is more educated, richer, wiser, modest, cultured than any tribe in this great country Nigeria. Where were ur pple when the Fulanis such as Late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Late Mahmud Ribadu etc were chasing the colonial masters away? Sit down & listen to men that shed their blood for the sovereignty of this country. A humpty-dumpty like u is not supposed to tell us what is & what is not in this country cos it’s pple such as the Lamido Adama that brought education, business, social values etc 2 ur pple.

  7. Thank God for using the Lamido of Adamawa to expose their origin and long time hidden agenda. Let Nigerians know that Adamawa province of Cameroon were side by side with former GONGOLA state in Nigerian map. The palace went and change our historical name to the name of their grand father Lamido adama without our consent. We that are from Hong,Michika,numan, guyuk, Mubi, Madagali, Maiha,song,etc will never be part of your agenda. You can only join Cameroon with your relations that originated from Cameroon.” I love GONGOLA, GONGOLA is my state”. We want words of unity not words of division. We want our elders to know that we will remain united Nigeria with or without you by the grace of God. I pray that God should help our confab delegates to resist every form of intimidation in JESUS NAME.

  8. Every one should put behind selfish interest and work for the collective interest of Nigeria. I have the opinion that the vote should be resolved between the North and the South in percentage.

    It is time we rewrite the wrong of the past, however tolerance , justice and equity should be our watch word.

    Issue of true federalism , land degree , immunity and defection of political elected leaders should not be compromised.

    God bless the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…..for summoning this great courage of giving Nigeria an opportunity to discuses as a people.

  9. I beg, Make all una hear me oh.
    No body dey go anywhere!
    There had and will always be threats of secession among components of a federation as in the case of Nigeria.
    But let me make it clear that there are no parasites in Nigeria and secession will never happen in Nigeria. We have already moved past that stage of development as a nation. Any group or tribe or people who believes otherwise, is free to try their luck. It is only then that, they and others like them will know what exactly constitutes the “meaning of the nation” of Nigeria. May God bless Nigeria & guide its people through all troubles. Nobody can fix Nigeria for us but nigerians.

  10. This confab is to no avail, I still maintained.
    There is no way out of Nigeria splitting in 2015. It is reality and let us stop deceiving ourselves.
    There has never been one Nigeria anyday, anytime. I can prove that and those in the military understand better.

  11. What is Adamawa contribution to the Nation? This evil people should go, so that Niger-Delta will be at peace.

  12. We all owe Nigeria a duty to make sure issues like this are not swept underneath the carpet irrespective of what your bias is. If we choose to be silent, our silence on issues such as this may well turn out to be sinful silence. The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke. Whatever we do, posterity will judge us all by the role we played in whatever this nation becomes.

  13. This is very good from Adamawa state. All the southern delegates are idiots. one of them should have raised it on the floor that even the entire north can go. GEJ is also a problem why was he talking about 75% in his speech which is causing problem now instead of 2/3.
    God divide this country now. IJN Amen
    God please divide this country now. IJN Amen.

    • I said amen & amen 2 that. It is better if your opinion was chosen. It is time 2 call a spade by its name. Let everyone go back 2 his/her roots. I think it is then that pple will have a rethink. This bringing us 2geda by d colonial masters is the most grievous mistake they did. They should have consulted us 2 seek 4 our opinion before amalgamating the northern & southern protectorates a hundred years ago.

  14. The ongoing national confab may not arrive at the final consensus, this is just the beginning

  15. Adamawa in Cameroon will still lead you Emir if you go there! What you are enjoying here in Nigeria you will never taste it there. If you want to go please do it fast! All Emirs are the virus eating Nigeria through retrogressive thinking and their Bokos . Things are really falling apart for the North! Parasites have no future anywhere even in biology.The aim of the parasite is to kill their host! Nigeria refused to be killed by this northern parasites.

  16. Adamawa in Cameroon will still lead you Emir if you go there! What you are enjoying here in Nigeria you will never taste it there. If you want to go please do it fast! All Emirs are the virus eating Nigeria through retrogressive thinking and their Bokos . Things are really falling apart for the North! Parasites have no future anywhere even in biology.The aim of the parasite is to kill their host! Nigeria refused to be killed by this northern parasites.

  17. Adamawa in Cameroon will still lead you Emir if you go there! What you are enjoying here in Nigeria you will never taste it there. If you want to go please do it fast! All Emirs are the virus eating Nigeria through retrogressive thinking and their Bokos . Things are really falling apart for the North! Parasites have no future anywhere even in biology.The aim of the parasite is to kill their host! Nigeria refused to be killed by this northern parasites.

  18. I pray fervently that all the Northern states should secede, Let them eat their yams and tomatoes alone. North, ejoo ntori olowun secede. Parasites. For 100 yrs, I have been spending billions of dollars on mosquito coils and insecticide and suddenly mosquito tells me he will never bite me again. I just dey laugh.

  19. Dat traditional chief is a fool boko haram people ,we don’t need u in dis country if u like u can pack ur load and go nobody care because there uare nt contribute meannifulthing to this nation

  20. It is rather unfortunate some elements percieve the north as a parasite and not economically producing anything….well..let me remind them the bulk food stuff from agriculture in addition to live stocks come frombthe geographical north….the north has vast and fertile land with lots of solid minerals to sustain itself..if not for the selfish politicians…God bless nigeria and the over160 million nigerians

  21. We the indigine of lagos want to break out of nigeria too.We are being marginalise in our state.Look at our people in Épé,nothing to show for that great town.Please we want to take our state back from people taking our resources to their state.

  22. Lo and behold!…… What we have been chasing for in faraway Sokoto is right here inside our sokoto. Bring it on. Lamido Adamawa, you are my man of the year.

  23. I think it is a good move and the less dependent states Nigeria has the better. NAsarawa should be allowed to go

  24. YO YO YO! WE can now imagine where Boko haram has been hiding. What do u think this traditional Ruler has been doing with the Boko Guys?

    As far as he is not moving away with the Nigerian soil what is he waiting for? Kai!

  25. Please boko haram states should secede from the country.After all,they are problems to this great Nation and they have nothing to offer for the development of the country.Imagine,a region without crude oil enjoyed the money most.And always want to be number 1 just to accrue the crude oil fund to their region,please secede and let’s have peace in the country.I wonder what would have happened,if the northerners are the ones producing the crude oil which is the major source of Nigeria’s income? they would have seceded long ago.

  26. He who has hear let him hear what the spirit is telling the congregation. Signs of their motives.

  27. By our tradition, we are supposed to respect elders and rever traditional rulers. But I must say that I am disappointed in this particular tradiotnal ruler. What type of frustration could have made him to utter such rubbish in a conference that is barely a week old? For a delegate who is a part of the conference to fashion a better roadmap for the country to say that he could easily be assimilated into another country is to say the least regrettable. And to think that this man’s domain is presently bedevilled by unexplained insurgency makes his threat treasonable. I think elders should be different from children and youths in their utterances, no matter the provocation!

  28. HRH Lamido, please bring it on! Seccession possibilities and capabilities must be discussed at this conference. WE MUST NOT BE BOUND TOGETHER BY FORCE.

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