- Posted August 20, 2013 by
EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE LEADER OF THE NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK
There are several attempts at some kind of unity by the northern political elite but I believe the attempts are just a mere tea party. For instance, there is the formation of the Northern Elders Forum which perhaps is the most visible and probably most ridiculous. This Forum is spearheaded by people like Ibrahim Babangida and others who incidentally are either directly or remotely responsible for the divisions in the North.
There is also the Arewa Consultative Forum which theoretically dons a non-partisan garb but is in practical terms is sufficiently participating in politics particularly where it involves the issue of oscillating power to the North. The Northern Governors Forum is also believed to be scheming for some kind of power return to the North.
The involvement of the self-styled northern progressive politicians with the new All Progressives Congress is essentially for the reclamation of power by the North. And just recently, Atiku Abubakar added to the confusion by registering another party, the PDM. This further indicates that the northern political class is far from negotiating a common front. These are the efforts so far made by the North and assuredly other splinter movements would emerge before 2015.
Q: Of important note is the fact that some northern politicians are not too keen on working for the North towards 2015.
I think the entire political class of the North is not sufficiently interested in the return of power to the region. They are only deceiving the gullible public. Since independence, the North has never had a unified agenda on any issue; it has all along being the pursuit of individual greed that paid them on the basis of a hitherto unified North.
Even that artificial strength has now being demystified since 1999 so that the North is now begging the return of the power it held previously for decades by a systematic rotation system around the same exploiter group in either military or civilian form. It is this same exploiter class that is now shouting for the return of the power that slipped through their fingers. These moves have nothing to do with the majority masses whose very existence has been toyed with for many years by these greedy self-centered northern leaders.
Majority of us believe that it is the law of diminishing return that is catching up with the old slave masters of the North. And like Balarabe Musa once observed, we are living today in times of great changes in which the old order is crumbling past and new systems of life and activity emerging.
Q: NGF is divided into two with most governors presumed to be working for the presidency. Won't this affect the chances of the North in 2015?
The northern governors are another funny stock. Here are people who admitted openly that prior to the 2011 elections, while the whole North was genuinely concerned with the enforcement of a power oscillation agreement, they unilaterally went behind the scene and entered into another pact with President Jonathan without mandate from the people. And you can see that even the dubious group of five that was seemingly working against Jonathan could not sustain the tempo largely because they individually have skeletons in the cupboard which Jonathan can hold against them when the chips are down. You these guys are the same old stock playing the same old game not realizing that the rules have been radically altered and the goal posts shifted.
Q: Must the North take the shot for the presidency in 2015?
No! We at the Northern Emancipation Network have arrived at the painful, yet obvious conclusion that the North of Nigeria does not need the nation’s presidency for the moment and bold steps must be taken by northerners themselves to ensure the selfish politicians of this dear region of ours are not allowed to drag its people into another futile attempt for the presidency.
This conclusion is important and urgent after considering that our dear North has, through the deliberate commission or omission of our past and present leaders, steadily isolated itself politically, economically and socially. As a result of this steady isolation, the people of the once portent and progressive North are today helplessly begging not only for food but for a place in the nation’s current political arrangement as well.
It is ironic that the North, whose leaders have held absolute power for most part of Nigeria’s independent existence, is today the most backward in all aspects of human development; even way behind the Igbo nation which has literally not held central power at all.
As if these were not enough, the region has today been forced into a critical security situation with its women widowed, children orphaned, youths maimed and killed daily.
Worse still, the North has today been dangerously polarised along ethnic and religious fault lines while it heads for a broader unequal collision with the rest of the nation as its elite prepare to drag it into the next contest for supremacy.
The simple explanation for the region’s current predicaments is that, the our self-centred leaders merely misused all those decades of power for self -serving purposes at the expense of the majority who have been forced through deprived education systems, poor health conditions and wage labour.
If the price of holding central power as exemplified by the northern leaders, is to become the most wretched, we must in every honesty begin to ask ourselves if that price is worth paying; which means the North must never allow the same greedy elite to drag it into another futile quest for the presidency in 2015 or anytime in the nearest future until it’s able to put its house in order.
We must begin to ask ourselves what one man as president can achieve where a Vice President, a Senate President, a Reps Speaker, a ruling party national chairman, a Chief Justice of the federation, a CBN governor, an IG of police, a national Security Adviser and host of other high portfolio ministers have collectively failed.
Obviously, knowing when to fight and when to beat a retreat is always tricky and even the best strategists get it wrong so that if one tries to stand his ground from a position of obvious weakness, he gets mown down.
Unfortunately, the North of Nigeria does not have a very strong hand at the moment which is part of the reasons why we must sound resolved in our intent to end the age old master-slave-relationship that has never favoured the majority of us
This reasoning, while painful, is nevertheless, hard to argue with because you cannot tell another human being they are your slaves if they believe they are not.
It is important at this point, for the deprived and now clearly estranged northern population to understand that between our state governors is held enough resources to change the lot of the region without embarking on another fruitless adventure.