Non-oil states back pro­posal on 100% re­source con­trol – Lamido

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Lamido of Adamawa and one of the del­e­gates to the on­go­ing Na­tional Con­fer­ence Al­haji Muham­mad Amiyu Musa has said that his re­cent propo­si­tion for the oil-pro­duc­ing states to re­tain the en­tire oil rev­enues is backed by non-oil states across dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

He said other states that do not pro­duce oil in the coun­try would gen­er­ate their rev­enues from their lands and other phys­i­cal struc­tures’ util­i­sa­tion, through tax collection av­enues from any ben­e­fi­ciary, in­clud­ing the federal govern­ment.

Asked whether this was his own per­sonal opin­ion or rep­re­sent­ing the af­fected states, the emir replied that “this stance is shared by all the states with­out oil. If some people don’t want oth­ers to ben­e­fit from their own nat­u­ral re­sources, let them hold onto their own, we also hold what we have as nat­u­ral re­sources.

“But most of the people in the con­fer­ence are govern­ment’s al­lies. They are in sup­port of my stance but only that they don’t want the Press to re­port them, since it won’t be a wel­comed idea by the govern­ment. They ac­tu­ally sup­port this po­si­tion.”

The Lamido also de­fended his re­cent com­ments in re­gards to the Adamawa emi­rate’s fall­back po­si­tion of re­lo­cat­ing to Cameroon, should Nigeria’s chal­lenges lead to its even­tual split.

He was speak­ing to BBC Hausa Ser­vice at the weekend even as he in­sisted on his po­si­tion that the people of his emi­rate and North­ern­ers were not afraid of Nigeria’s break up.

“We have been con­vened from all parts of Nigeria to dis­cuss and de­lib­er­ate on how Nigeria can over­come its chal­lenges and de­velop. But for the first three days of the con­fer­ence, I ob­served how other people were ar­ro­gantly talk­ing, re­fer­ring to north­ern­ers as praise singers and beg­gars,” the Lamido ex­plained.

He added that since his emi­rate “be­longs to three dif­fer­ent coun­tries of Nigeria, Cameroon and (Repub­lic of) Chad, where me and my people would live peace­fully, those who are shout­ing in this con­fer­ence would not have any­where to go.

“When you al­ways tell truth, they tag you as con­tro­ver­sial. But I must tell what is re­al­ity to pro­tect the in­ter­est of my people and guard their dig­nity.”

The royal fa­ther how­ever said “we all work to­wards na­tional unity; de­spite that they con­tinue to think their oil money must be­long to them. That is why I said they re­tain their oil rev­enue 100% and the rest of the non-oil states, in­clud­ing those in the south-east and west re­tains what­ever that is on the land, in­clud­ing in Abuja.”

While re­ject­ing any ben­e­fit out of the oil money by north­ern states, the Lamido de­scribed what his Adamawa state get monthly to have been far less than what its coun­ter­part in the south-south re­ceived in a month.

“What one state gets in a month, will take 100 years for states like Adamawa to re­ceive. What do we ben­e­fit here? North­ern­ers, if not for their lev­ity, could ex­ploit the nu­mer­ous farm­ing po­ten­tials to rely on, as did many de­vel­oped coun­tries of Ger­many, Ja­pan and China.”

The emir, who said he rep­re­sents tra­di­tional rulers in the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence, also delved into the con­sti­tu­tional roles of the tra­di­tional rulers.

“I am rep­re­sent­ing tra­di­tional rulers. They send me here. What­ever I said is with their con­sent. We don’t need our roles in the con­sti­tu­tion. As an emir, the roles I am dis­charg­ing ex­ceed 100, rang­ing from tri­als, mak­ing laws and even so­cial wel­fare re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“What we ac­tu­ally de­mand is for the federal govern­ment to recog­nise us by in­sert­ing Coun­cil of Tra­di­tional Rulers in the con­sti­tu­tion, which would com­prise three emirs from the se­na­to­rial zones of each state. But I don’t mean re­cently-es­tab­lished emi­rates, but those of the past 1000 to 300 years old,” he said.

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