Northern leaders on Wednesday rejected the calls for restructuring of the country.
They also called on the federal government to vote more resources for exploration of oil in the region.
During a meeting in Abuja, the northern leaders, who were members of the 2014 National Conference, spoke on the platform of the Northern Delegates’ Forum (NDF).
According to the forum, “The North was not given fair representation in
the conference with 189 delegates despite its landmass of 70 per cent
and 55 per cent of the country’s population.
“Therefore, we were not happy with the report and have come out with this second report and communiqué.”
Mr. Bashiru Dalhatu, who was a Minister of Power and Steel in the Gen.
Sani Abacha government, while presenting his keynote address, said: “The
2014 national conference had 492 members and the north which
constitutes about 70 per cent of the country’s landmass and 55 per cent
of its population was allocated 189 delegates while the South with only
30 per cent of the landmass and 45 per cent of its population was given
an incredible 305 delegates.
“This went against sensible
demographics, law and practice, which could have hardly been done in
good faith. Certainly it was designed to put in particular our delegates
and the North in general at a disadvantage.
“All attempts to get
the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, including pleas by well
meaning Nigerians who genuinely wanted a national conference to reflect
the diversity and complexity of the Nigerian society, fell on deaf
The leaders also noted that it had become fashionable these
days for all manner of people to clamour for the restructuring of
Nigeria along some undefined contours and outside, in some cases,
contrary to the existing constitutional order.
“To reiterate and
maintain our position that the report of the confab is of questionable
legal validity, the outcome of a process that lacks popular mandate or
support and major decisions were arrived at by undemocratic means or at
variance with due process.
“To disassociate the NDF from any attempt
by any group to seek to implement or force the federal government or
any of its institutions to use the report of the conference, under any
guise for the purpose of restructuring Nigeria.
“To call upon any
group of sponsors or individuals agitating for any form of restructuring
of the federation, first and foremost, to respect the existing
constitutional order and to seek to do so within the bounds and
parameters stipulated under our constitution and law. To suggest
otherwise would lead to chaos and anarchy,” the NDF said.
further urged members of the National Assembly to be wary of and not
rely or act upon a report which is full of flaws and not enjoying
national or popular support.
They also resolved to initiate all
necessary steps and take all lawful measures to engage the stakeholders,
such as governors, opinion leaders, civil society groups within the
region and across the nation with a view to disseminating and canvassing
the support of the report produced by the Strategy and Legal Committee
of the NDF.