THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR THE SOUTH.
HEAD WE LOSS, TAIL WE ALSO LOSS.
Let us hypothetically assume that the Senate and House of Representatives consist of competent legislators whose election does not raise any questions. Should the South consent to a CA? If I may seek your indulgence to first answer this question before providing an explanation, then definitely my answer is NO. The CA is another economic and political trap that the North in conjunction with the British have set for us in order to maintain the North’s political domination in
The CA is supposed to create the impression that Yaradua and the North as a whole are really sensitive to the plights of the Niger deltans and the South in general, and are doing something not only to change the situations for the better, but are equally after justice which will lead to peace, harmony and development in Nigeria. But in actual fact, this is an illusion. There will only be a cosmetic change. In actual fact, nothing, absolutely nothing is going to change! The CA is just a camouflage. It’s still going to be a lopsided relationship. It’s still going to be the same monkey dey work, baboon dey chop relationship that has been operating since independence. It’s still going to be a colonial relationship, and not a sincere and equal partnership. The North will continue taking hundreds of billions of dollars of our money absolutely for free in the name of building one Nigeria that we never subscribed to, and don’t need at all. The North will still continue to treat the South like its colony. The North is just looking for a legal way to continue robbing and enslaving the South. No more, no less!
Some concrete analysis is necessary for a better understanding. CA involves discussing and voting for amendments for it to be passed as a law, as is the norm in any democratic setting. Taking into consideration the undisputed fact that PDP and the North have an overwhelming majority in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively, therefore, when it comes to voting for a proposal or amendment, PDP legislators will vote strictly in accordance with party stipulation. In addition, all Northern legislators including those from PDP and other parties will definitely cast their votes only for laws or amendments that are in the interest of the North, and not in the interest of the South. They will NEVER vote for laws or amendments that will not favour or are against the interests of the North. It’s a well known fact that when it comes to politics, especially when the interests of the North is at stake, they forget their differences and unite together to form a common front in order to defend their interest even if it means achieving their aims at the expense of other ethnic gfroups. They are not fazed by that. As has already been mentioned earlier, the 2007 presidential election is a very good example of how the North can forget about their differences and unite in order to defend their interests. To them, it really does not matter which party or person becomes the president as far as he is a Northerner.
In essence, what CA mean is that even if some senators or members of the House of Representatives from the South are not happy or against a proposal or amendment, they are ‘powerless’ to do anything about it simply because they don’t have the majority to veto. The South does NOT have the number or majority to counter any move or domination from Northern legislators. They are just their to make up statistics or as spectators to a well rehearsed drama called CA.
In order to understand the economic implication of the CA being proposed by Yaradua led Northern government, imagine a situation whereby a robber has been stealing $20 billion from you every year. Then one day, he invited you to his mansion, which he also built with your money but without your consent, for a talk. When you arrived at the mansion for talks, you were surrounded by his heavily armed body guards. Then the robber told you, “Mr. S, I have a good proposal for you.” When you asked him what the proposal was, then he said, “Mr. S let’s sign an agreement that I will be giving you $200 million every year for your up keep, but if you turn down the offer I am going to blow up your head and nobody will ever find you again.” You looked to your right, left, front and back all his body guards were everywhere armed to the teeth. You looked up and down and thought to yourself, “Well, 100th of a loaf of bread is better than nothing at all, or it’s much better to get some money than have my head blown up.” Then with a shivering hand, you quickly signed the document that had been prepared before your arrival. There is only one document showing that Mr. N. will be giving you $200 million every year, but there is no document showing that in actual fact that $200 million is your money and that Mr. N steals 100 times more from you every year! After you have signed the document, Mr. N calls a World Press Conference with broad smile beaming on his face, with you sitting by his side, Mr. N. tells the whole world that he is a very generous, righteous and considerate man. He goes on to tell the whole world that after a very ‘tense,’ ‘long’ but ‘frank’ negotiations you both ‘amicably’ and ‘mutually’ agreed that he will be giving you $200 million for your up keep and development. Everybody claps for Mr. N. He was showered with praises. Mr. N, with a very long and broad smile on his face, poses for pictures with you. Everybody hugs one another. Mr. N. is more than satisfied. The next day the front pages of all national and international newspapers are full of Mr. N’s pictures smiling and shaking hands with you. The whole media is talking about a ‘breakthrough.’ They call the signing ceremony an historical event. At last, Mr. N. has finally succeeded in legalising his loots! With that document that you have signed, he is not only completely free not to continue robbing you but to steal as much as he wants from you legally and do whatever he wants with you! You, your land and all the resources underneath now belong to him completely and legally! Now, nothing can stop him again! His dream has been fulfilled at last!
The above actually depicts the plan of the North as far as CA is concerned. The North has been stealing hundreds of billions of dollars of the oil revenues at the expense of the South. When the Niger deltans and the south as a whole got fed up and started to revolt with the aim of putting a stop to this legalised robbery and colonial relationship in the name of building one Nigeria, the North quickly offered a CA to ameliorate its colony, the South. At the CA, a motion to add 5% or 7% or 10% to the oil revenues of the
But, there will be no more mention of how many hundreds of billions of dollars the North is taking free of charge from the South to develop its territory. There will be no more questions or/and explanation as regards to why the oil, gas and other mineral resources and man-power of the south must go into the development of the North for free when the South ‘equally’ need this money for their own development. There will be no more questions and/or explanation as regards to why the South must give even ‘a kobo’ to the North, with whom they have absolutely nothing in common with, for free. There will be no more questions and/or explanation as regards to why the South must remain in a lopsided and colonial relationship with the North. There will be no more questions or/and explanation as regards to why a substantial part of revenues from the South should continue to be squandered on
After the CA, the North will announce that they have the full mandate of all Nigerians, including the Yorubas, Ndigbos, Ijaws, Efiks, Ibiobios and other ethnic groups in the South to protect the integrity of
If Yaradua and the rest of the North don’t consider themselves as burden, parasite and liability to the South and are really sincere in finding a lasting solution to the political impasse and unrest in the country, especially in the South, what they need to do is convey a Sovereign National Conference without any precondition immediately. It’s obvious even to a layman that the CA is far from providing solutions to the colonial relationship between the South and the North. Why is Yaradua and the North trying to manipulate with CA,
Before Yaradua and his Othman Dan Fodio brothers start embarking on unfruitful CA, they should first enquire from the South through a referendum if they (the South)are interested in the One Nigeria project, or to be more precise, if the South is interested in remaining in one country with the North. They should not put the cart before the horse. In case Yaradua does not know, this is what rule of law is all about. Yaradua and the rest of the North should know that IT IS A CRIME to force somebody to buy a product or take part in a joint venture if he is not interested or if he feels that it is not profitable for him. Forcing the South to take part in the One Nigeria project is like holding somebody to ransom or taking hostages. The North should engage in open and sincere discussions with the South. Why is the North afraid of a Sovereign National Conference? Are they afraid that
Today, only the North is ready to spill blood or go on another ‘killing rampage’ in order to keep
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