Why Northerners Are Worried Over Asaba Declaration – Ozekhome

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Popular human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome says it is worrisome that some Northern elites are kicking against the decisions taken by the 17 southern states governors in Asaba, Delta state last week.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that southern governors in a 12-point communique took decisions that include a resolve to ban open grazing in the region over the criminal activities such as killings and kidnappings linked to some of the Fulani herders in the region.

The governors also  called for the restructuring of the country, state policing and the devolution of powers.

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However, some northern elites that include the likes of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno South; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and groups such as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) have strongly criticized the governors resolutions.

Reacting on Monday in  a statement titled, ‘Why Some Northern Elite Are Suddenly Worried By The Southern Governors ‘Asaba Declaration?’ Ozekhome said those opposing the resolutions are scared.

He added that they fear that under a true fiscal federation, anchored on the true principles of Federalism, everyone will now be required to contribute to the baking of the national cake and not just merely sharing it.

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Ozekhome stated, “The sudden unexpected kick by some Northern elite against the patriotic resolutions passed last week at a meeting held in Asaba by the 17 Southern Governors of Nigeria is quite worrisome, but definitely uncalled for. The kick is illegal, unconstitutional and even immoral.

“The sudden hoopla and ruckus seem to suggest that these few vocal elements are suddenly scared. What are they afraid of? I do not know. Or do you? But, let me do some guess work here. They may probably be afraid that the South has finally woken up and shaken off its Stockholm Syndrome.

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“I guess they are scared that the assumed long suffering ‘slaves’ of Nigeria may finally achieve their overdue liberation, liberty and freedom, and attain their independence from the asphyxiating grip of perpetual overlords, ‘slave’ masters, neo-Colonialists and territorial expansionists.

“They may fear that under a true fiscal federation, anchored on the true principles of Federalism, everyone will now be required to contribute to the baking of the national cake and not just merely sharing it.”

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