Lamido of Adamawa causes further stir at national Confab calling northerners lazy –
LAMIDO of Adamawa Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Mustapha has caused a further stir at Nigeria’s ongoing National Conference by labelling northerners as lazy people who have become totally dependent on oil for survival. Already, the Lamido has proven to be one of the most controversial characters at the conference by first threatening to pull his people out of Nigeria and move them into neighbouring Cameroon when some delegates tried to stop him making a point. Last week, the Lamido then suggested that if Niger Deltans insist on resource control, in return, they should give up all their land in Abuja. Stirring things further, yesterday, Alhaji Mustapha described northern Nigerians as a lazy lot whose over reliance on oil has beclouded their sense of exploring other avenues that could bring economic prosperity to the region. He added northerners should make the best use of all the arable land they have as it could generate as much revenue as oil if well exploited. Alhaji Mustapha said: “These people who come from oil-producing states are looking at us as if we are beggars, gold diggers who have nothing to do. Non-oil producing states are not cowards, they don’t fear anybody and everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great but these people from oil-producing states think that if what they want is not given to them, they have been wronged and they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria. “That is why I said the oil producing states should go with their oil 100% and we, the others should keep our land. The larger percentage of the land belongs to us including Abuja and what also is on the land belongs to us.” Last week, the Lamido kicked against demands by Niger Delta delegates for 100% resource control, adding he is opposed to the principle because it would give room for many demands. He added that if they insist on resource control, however, northern Nigeria could stand on its own economically if it decided to be productive. “What money do we get from oil which is used to run the states? Just one state in the Niger Delta, gets in a month what it will take Adamawa state 10 years to get, so what are we getting? “If not for the laziness on the part of northerners, agriculture is big business. Look at all these advanced countries of the world that have progressed like Japan, they don’t have oil,” Alhaji Mustapha added. Parts of Adamawa State, once known as British Cameroon did not become part of Nigeria until 1961 after a referendum was conducted in the territory. This thin strip of land in current Adamawa State was part of German Cameroon but was taken over by British troops at the outbreak of World War One and after independence, the residents of the territory were asked if they wanted to be Nigerian or Cameroonian. During this period, Nigeria’s federating units were responsible for all the natural resources within their domain and remitted 50% of revenues that accrued from them to the federal government. A return to this arrangement known as resource control, has been one of the key demands of Niger Delta delegates at the conference.