Lamido wants 100% re­source con­trol

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah & Fran­cis Okeke

Oil pro­duc­ing states should be al­lowed to take 100 per­cent oil rev­enues, Lamido Adamawa Al­haji Muham­madu Barkindo Mustapha has said.

He also sug­gested that states with no oil re­sources should in turn take a 100% of their land re­sources.

Lamido’s re­marks were well re­ceived by es­pe­cially del­e­gates from the South-South geopo­lit­i­cal zone where oil is found.

The tra­di­tional ruler spoke yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence while com­ment­ing on the in­au­gu­ral speech of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

“Mr Chair­man, I have ob­served that some people have started jump­ing the gun by com­ment­ing on is­sues like re­source con­trol, re­source own­er­ship, etc.

“In this case, let me also jump the gun and say that states which don’t have oil should al­low states which have oil to take a hun­dred per­cent oil rev­enue and states which don’t have oil should take a hun­dred per­cent land re­source.

“That means, all lands should re­vert to those states and any­body who wants to use the land or the struc­tures on the land must pay rent to those states or the tra­di­tional own­ers of the land. For ex­am­ple the FCT,” he said.

Lamido also said that he doesn’t sup­port calls for pro­vid­ing con­sti­tu­tional roles for tra­di­tional rulers.

“Mr Chair­man, as a tra­di­tional ruler, I don’t sup­port

the idea or opin­ion to give us any role in the con­sti­tu­tion. Our roles are con­ven­tions like the Bri­tish con­sti­tu­tion and we have been per­form­ing them for hun­dreds of years and in some places for over 1000 years,” he said.

He added: “What tra­di­tional rulers in Nigeria want is recog­ni­tion. So, I am plead­ing with this con­fer­ence to please in­clude in the next con­sti­tu­tion a pro­vi­sion which will en­trench a Na­tional Tra­di­tional Rulers Coun­cil of Nigeria whose mem­ber­ship will be three tra­di­tional rulers from each state, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent of the tra­di­tional rulers coun­cil in that state.”

He started his speech by ad­vis­ing del­e­gates not to de­rail from the guide­lines set by the pres­i­dent. “In his ad­dress, he (the pres­i­dent), al­most ex­actly laid down our prob­lems and chal­lenges and he went ahead and told us, or ad­vise us, to be mod­er­ate, tol­er­ant, con­sid­er­ate and mag­nan­i­mous in our dis­cus­sions.

“Fel­low del­e­gates, I will like to ad­vise us once again to take a cue from Mr. Pres­i­dent and not the so-called civilised people of the West who would tell us they have no per­ma­nent friends but per­ma­nent in­ter­ests and who ad­vo­cate same sex mar­riages.

The monarch also lashed against some del­e­gates who con­demned him over his last speech at the con­fer­ence.

He won­dered why “people like Chief Ayo Ade­banjo who even in his prime age of 86 is still rant­ing.

“Mr Chair­man, I have ob­served (shouts of point of or­der rent the air), point of or­der, why didn’t you shout point of or­der when he was cas­ti­gat­ing me on Mon­day last week?

“The other day, I heard an eth­nic na­tion­al­ity del­e­gate say­ing that his people are marginalised be­cause a district head was ap­pointed in their area which they don’t sup­port. Mr Chair­man, we shouldn’t lis­ten to these eth­nic chau­vin­ists be­cause if you agree with their ar­gu­ment, we will end up with a sit­u­a­tion in Nigeria where ev­ery eth­nic group would de­mand that it has pres­i­dent, gov­er­nors, emirs, obis, obas, min­is­ters, chair­men of lo­cal gov­ern­ments,” he said.

He said ma­jor­ity of Nige­ri­ans are tol­er­ant. “Mr. Chair­man, the ma­jor tribes in Nigeria are tol­er­ant, con­sid­er­ate, mag­nan­i­mous, other­wise, we will just find our­selves in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion in Nigeria to­day.”

Oil rev­enues ac­count for about 90% of monies that ac­crue to the fed­er­a­tion ac­count an­nu­ally, but agri­cul­ture with 43% sur­passes oil as the ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP).

PHOTO Felix Onig­binde

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan (sec­ond right) with In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar, dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the Nigeria Po­lice Force In­ter­na­tional Peace­keep­ing Cen­tre and the Force Mu­seum in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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