North takes other part of Nigeria as fools - Senator Femi Okurounmu


Senator Femi Okurounmu, a delegate to the 2014 national confab and chairman of the committee have said North are the problem Nigeria is having today.

His reaction follows the opposition of Northern leaders, who publicly disowned the 2014 National confab report in Abuja last week.

Okurounmu in a recent interview with The Sun, blasts the Northern delegates led by Senators Ahmadu Ali, Jeremiah Useni and Alhaji Bashiru Dalhatu - as he described them as liars and unpatriotic elements.

He said; “Why are these unpatriotic leaders disowning the report three years after approving it? I suspect these northern leaders have a hidden agenda, but I urge southerners to resist them,” he declared.

I’m not shocked by the outburst of these Northern leaders. But one thing I want to emphasise here is that these so-called Northern leaders including Ahmadu Ali, Bashiru Dalhatu, Khairat Gwadabe and others who were part of the conference and whose this statement was credited to are all liars.


Have they been sleeping all these past three years, and are now just waking up to realize that the conference was anti-North? Were they not part and parcel of the conference, where every decision taken was by consensus. Were they not part of the team that presented the report to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and even showered encomiums then on Jonathan for putting up the confab they are now rejecting?

Speaking on why the Northern leaders are now opposing the 2014 confab which they were part of the conference then - he said;

The northern leaders were not happy with Jonathan for daring to convene that conference. The North, that is the core North , except for the people of the Middle-Belt, South South, South East, and South West never wanted the conference and they openly expressed their opposition to its convocation.

That is why they were not happy with Jonathan. The North wanted the lopsided status quo to remain. They want to continue to dominate and lord it over other regions, but this is not possible. It is time the North realized that the party is over, nobody or group is ready anymore to take rubbish from them any longer.

North has always been the obstacle to Nigeria’s development and growth. It is very unfortunate that Northern leaders have always been very selfish and this grew worse with the military intervention, starting with late General Murtala Muhammed, Buhari, and others, these Northern leaders always put the interests of the North over that of other regions.

The various constitutions put up by these Northern leaders weighed heavily in favour of the North – the way these selfish and unpatriotic Northern leaders crafted the constitutions, other regions are supposed to be slaves to the North.

The Northern leaders never want one Nigeria in which equity and justice will prevail, but they want one Nigeria only in which the North will be the master.

The Northern leaders are taking other Nigerians for granted. They are taking the rest of Nigeria as fools, and that’s why they can wake up three years after and start saying all sorts of rubbish about 2014 confab. This is very ridiculous and insulting.

The South should resist any attempt by the North to lord it over others, more so, these Northern leaders are being emboldened, since they now have one of their own, Muhammadu Buhari, as the President, and not only that everybody also know that Buhari himself is a sectional leader, who has always danced to the tune of his own people.


But enough is enough, the South should resist any attempt to oppress by these Northerners, who are over-spoilt and pampered.

If the present situation of the North’s dominance is not checked, and Nigerians get fed up, only God knows what will happen. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder, which can explode anytime. If the North continues with this attitude of lording it over others, or believing that they are the masters over others, anything can happen.

What are those things in the confab report that the North claims are anti-North? Restructuring, state police creation, and fiscal federalism are some of the things recommended by the confab.

Why is the North opposing restructuring? They are opposing restructuring, because they wanted the status quo to remain. We call ourselves a federal nation, yet the military foisted unitary system on us to favour the North, and this is why you produce oil in the Niger-Delta, but you now take the money or proceeds to develop Abuja and the North. Under a federal structure, this would not have been possible.

Each component unit is expected to be self-sustaining, you develop the resources in your region to develop your region, but only pay tax to the central government – this was how it was at the beginning in the First Republic until the military leaders from the North through military intervention changed the whole arrangement to favour the North, and that’s why we are having the problems we are having today. 

If each region is being allowed to harness its own resources to develop its own region as federalism or federal constitution stipulates, we won’t be in this problem we are facing. This is why some of these states have become so lazy they all depend on monthly oil allocation – it is a big shame. It is even an irony that while oil wealth and money is being used to develop some parts of the country, the region where the oil wealth is being got has been neglected over the years. Where is justice in this?

But let the North realize this, without restructuring, Nigeria will not have peace. Without restructuring, Nigeria will remain an Animal Farm where some animals are equal than others. Again, let me emphasise this, very soon, people will get tired of talking. You get tired of talking when people the message is intended for are pretending to be deaf. After you get tired of talking, anything can now happen.

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