This is 2014 and in just about seven months from now,the country would be holding a general election of unprecedented significance given that since 1999 except for the brief period of our late president Yar’Adua, the presidency has been in the South. For the North,no other election in the history of Nigeria is capable of making or marring the political influence and position of the people of the Northern region of Nigeria as the 2015 presidential election.
For the majority of Northerners who are by far more politically conscious of the two broad regions that make up Nigeria, it would have been unnecessary to remind our people .
However,we have in recent times been witnessing a dangerous trend, a divide and rule tactics by the current government aimed at weakening the determination of the North to reclaim its traditional position of providing leadership for Nigeria polity.
Only recently Alhaji Haliru Mohammed and his likes met with President Goodluck Jonathan, Pledging allegiance and promising to betray the North again for him,come 2015 polls. What a shame! The likes of Gulak are not relevant when we have committed elders like Dr.Junaid Mohammed and others who will not fail the North, like governors Nyako and Kwakwanso. The same people like Haliru who benefitted from the same position and public offices that our fore-fathers laboured for which the north is being denied since the time of Obasanjo who betrayed the North.
The North is only asking for what it does best in Nigeria;leadership. All regions of the country excel in one area or the other; the West in education, Eastern region business, the North has since independence by divine blessing provided leadership and administration which has kept the country stable and secure and would continue to work for a peaceful country. This is no accident; it is the Almighty Allah that has destined it so.
However,there is currently a mediocre interregnum, with an interloper in the name of a Jonathan Southern presidency .It is an aberration; for apart from the six months when Aguyi-Ironsi and his Eastern cohorts took North unawares, the North has provided leadership for the country and has even denied itself by installing a South westerner,Olusegun Obasanjo twice as a president from the South.
First Obasanjo on the death of General Murtala Mohammed , even Chief Shonekan when Abiola attempted unsuccessfully to rule, and later Obasanjo again in 1999 till 2007 to help fulfill Allah’s will of the leadership role of the North for our country. Obasanjo nearly abused this privilege by attempting to go for a third term ,after he begged and pleaded with the North that brought him to power in the first place to allow him go for a second term.
For his betrayer of the North , Obasanjo made amends for his actions making sure that power returned to North by handing over to the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua,his friend’s younger brother in the most rigged election of 2007 election as opposed Gen.Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian people wanted.
No matter the arrogance of those in power now , the likes of Obasanjo know that without the North he could not have stepped into the office of the president where Chief Obafemi Awolowo who thought could rule Nigeria failed woefully.
Another Yoruba leader who has shown wisdom and knowledge of history to achieve greater benefits for his people unlike Awolowo who was not flexible is Bola Ahmed Tinubu who after initial reluctance in 2011 ,has since seen the light and realized the strategic wisdom in working with the North for a just and sustainable Nigeria.
It is against this background that the 2015 presidential election becomes particularly significant for the North. For now power is in the hands of a zone which arrogantly believes that it is entitled to it by virtue of the natural resources , in their region ,whereas every region has contributed its resources to the initial development of the oil they now claim ownership of. They fail to remember politics is a game of numbers .They thought they can use National Conference and they blackmail our people that North is afraid but now the reality of our strength of number has shown who we are and that is democracy.How can a zone not larger than only two northern states either in North west or North east hope to retain power. This can only be if the North allows it to happen and we shall not allow the mistake of 1999 to repeat again. Our carefully selected delegates at the National Conference have made this clear,the so-called 13 percent derivation should infact be reduced to 5% for only on-shore oil, because all mineral resources belong to the federal government ,this has always been the case since the colonial period. If the North stands together with it allies in the South west we can ensure that local governments get 35% of federal allocations , while states get 39 percent . Let those who want 50% derivation get it only from those resources that were not located naturally.
As for the elections, with the South west under Bola Tinubu with five states combined with our population in the North we will show our superiority on Election Day come 2015.
Teaming up with General Muhammadu Buhari,who whtever any one might say is currently the undisputed leader of the North, as there is no other person whom the masses in the North are willing to vote or even die for, like General Muhammadu Buhari , and he certainly merits it.
Moreover he has over several years also been working hard to unite the entire Fulani people all over the world. This is historically found in several countries across Africa ; from Kenya through Rwanda , Central Africa Republic, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, to Nigeria etc.
The Jonathan people in the South believe they can win in 2015 because they can get the support of the Middle Belt Christians.Trying to use religion will not work and in any case how many Christians are they even in the whole Nigeria compared to Muslims? Only naive traitors of the North and from there will not support the region from the denial Obasanjo’s betrayal has cost the North. We are confident that this plan to use our people will fail.The Middle Belt has always been full of treachery right from the days of Joseph Tarka and his likes,yet their United Middle Belt Congress could not stop the Northern People’s Congress (NPC) from winning in the past.The political naivety and narrow mindedness of some Middle Belt people as always cannot stop the North from clinching the presidency if only the APC selects a Northern presidential candidate.The PDP will surely fail as our people continue to move away from its umbrella.The North can make its population count and truly show that politics is a game of numbers and Allah has granted us that to provide leadership.
As for Professor Attahiru Jega, we pray that he does not betray the North in the 2015 elections.
MOVEMENT FOR THE POLITICAL SURVIVAL OF NORTHERN NIGERIA
Dr.Yusuf Jubril (President)
Sani Mohammed (Secretary)