A northern delegate at the just concluded National Conference,
Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has described the conference as a waste of time, saying it achieved nothing because President Goodluck Jonathan designed it for political gain.
Mohammed, who was a member of the House of Representative in the Second Republic, and currently coordinates, the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, argued that the agenda of the different regions of the South failed.
He said, “The North did not want the conference because they regarded it as a complete waste of time. Now that the conference has come and gone and nobody can mention anything concrete achieved by the conference, it’s only fair to say that the North was right all along that it was a diversionary tactic, it was not meant to solve any of our problem that is why it achieved nothing.
“Those who wanted to use the result of the conference for their own political good, like Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party have failed woefully. The Igbo wanted to use the conference to achieve their demented agenda of equality or parity between the North-West and the South-East.
“If you are to use a serious map that is scientifically based, to show respective areas; where you show the North-West as the palm of a hand, the South-East will only be a dot. The North-West has a population of 40 million and the South-East is less than 15 million. How can you compare the two and attempt to say the two are equal?”
Mohammed added that the agenda of the South-West to remove local governments from the constitution, was a plan by the state governors from the region to pocket the money meant for the local government areas.
He added, “Clearly the agenda for a state police has failed, the agenda for state constitution has failed, the agenda of scrapping the Land Use Act has failed, so what is there to be said about the whole conference? Nothing.”
The northern leader also said the South-South request for resource control also failed and added that the recommendations of the confab would not scale through the National Assembly that has northerners in the majority.
He also warned that any of the presidential candidates in 2015 election who commits to maintaining the current revenue allocation formula would not win.
He said, “Anybody who commits himself to maintain the preponderance of the Igbo in all our financial agencies, ministries and department will also not win the next election. Goodluck Jonathan has already started boasting that he has given the Igbo more than anybody in the past, for that alone he will not win the next election. If he rigs it, there will be mayhem.”