By Adnan Mukhtar Adam
After five months of heated debates by the 492 delegates representing various interest across the country, the National conference 2014 has finally ended with a lot of controversies, iam impressed and saddened by the way some delegates played their roles in propagating their interests, thereby adopting different strategies in making sure that their interests were protected.
Most of the delegates from the South-south, East and West did their utmost best in propagating the agenda that brought them. It is unfortunate for the Northern region as we have been divided along ethnic and religious lines. One could see this when the Middle Belt delegates were seen supporting and backing the agenda brought by the South-south, more especially the kinsmen of the region like Professor Jerry Gana. His attitude particularly his apparent romance with the Southern region was clear. Gana was the secretary of the Northern Delegates Forum before he was removed and replaced with Gen Jeremiah Useni. Gana played a key role in further depleting the numerical strength of the North at the conference.
The North has the highest population in the country and the largest number of states, yet it has fewer delegates than the South. The same goes for the Christian/ Muslim ratio. One could tell after the Sultan of Sokoto raised an alarm. He even paid a special visit to President Goodluck Jonathan on this very issue, but nothing was done upto the time the conference ended. Apart from Gana, who betrayed his region at the conference, he is being accused of having a hand in the activities of BokoHaram, there were also Senator Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu, a former Deputy Senate President, and Senator Jonathan Zwingina who were a big shame for the North.
These are people that Northerners should stop respecting anymore,
Another prodigal son of the North that is said to be working hand in hand with the likes of Mantu and Jerry Gana was Tanko Yakasai(if you like Mallam) the founder of Northern Elders Council but to me Dealers rival to Northern Elders forum of the likes of Professor Ango Abdullahi, his said council is sponsored by president Jonathan and among others were all protecting and defending the interest of
President Joathan’s evil agenda against the North.
Delegates that performed well are those seen protecting and advocating the Northern interest like former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu who was seen abandoning the middle belt alignement with the south by leading Northern Delegation unlike his colleagues from the Middle Belt. Auwal Yadudu a professor of law and former presidential adviser headed the intellectuals of the Northern Delegation, he played a vital role and he need to be commended on that, as a result of that some Niger Deltans looked at him as a defender of the North, his arguments were all centred on constitutional provisions, others are former minister of mines and steel Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu (WalinDutse) who make immense contributions by correcting the general misconceptions and allegations
against the North by the South. Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie (Sardaunan Katsina) Chairman Arewa Consultative Forum was the leader of the Northern Delegation that kick against the New Draft Constitution proposed by some southerners and Northern Hypocrites. Others among Delegates that performed well for the North include: Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Dr Haruna Yerima, Comrade Naseer Kura, Comrade YZ Yau, Jaye Gaskia and Dan Halak Malak and second republic lawmaker DrJunaid Muhammad among others which time will not permit me to mention. At last, I will advise the members of the National Assembly from Northern region to kick against the New Draft Constitution and some issues contain in the final report of the conference that are not of Northern interest, failure to do so will lead you to face the wrath of your people.
Comrade Adnan Mukhtar Adam Tudunwada, Department of Islamic Studies, Northwest University, Kano.