I Think We're Stuck!

The call for restructuring of Nigeria is not a new thing. Disaffected by the annulment of Abiola’s “June 12” (1993) presidential election and overcome by a sense of siege under the brutal military dictatorship of the late General Abacha, the Yoruba became most vociferous in calling for a reordering of the polity (through the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference – SNC) with a vehemence not seen since the Igbo’s 1967 failed attempt at secession.alt

The death of Abacha in 1998 only reduced the tempo of the call, but significantly the Yoruba has remained in the vanguard of the call for a national conference (sovereign or not) for a total restructuring of the country and the control of resources by those in whose territory they belong. This, in spite the fact that the Yoruba states is not in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

Of late there’s a resurgence of clamour for “restructuring” Nigeria attaining the level of a mantra in the mouths of its increasing proponents.

But I’m shaking my head, feeling sorry for them and for Nigeria. On the scale of probability I’ll give radical restructuring of the country (the sort that would be needed to truly speed her development) a one-in-ten chance! It just won’t happen.

And what won’t make it happen is the money, ‘free’ lucre that comes from oil – Niger Delta’s oil. Oil has blocked our collective mind and filled the space in our crania meant for grey matter. The country is on the grips of powerful evil men to whom maintaining the status quo is a matter of life and death.

Oil has not been a blessing to Nigeria as it ordinarily should have been. It is a curse. It is easy to look at some structures like the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos and the entirety of the creation of Abuja and its huge development and count them as blessings; that would be a pity for they constitute nothing but physical structures without value content to the technological mind of the citizenry or the country.

In nowhere else in the world has the money accruable from a country’s natural resources been squandered on non-regenerative projects as in Nigeria; in nowhere else in the world has so much been made and yet so little gained in the uplift of the mind of the citizenry; in nowhere else in the world has so much of a country’s resources ended up staggeringly and so fraudulently in the pockets of a few as in Nigeria. Never has so much been given to a people and yet with so little accounted for as in Nigeria!

The latest cries for “restructuring” or “reconstructing” as Prof. Charles Soludo called his own, have come from him and Mr Opeyemi Agbaje; one an economist and former Central Bank Governor, the other a financial and business consultant.

Soludo’s, not surprisingly with his pedigree, is the most eloquent, reasoned, and impassioned. But, aside missing the core issue to my economics-illiterate mind, he’s talking to the deaf; this is a country of the deaf. Agbaje, on the other hand, barely hid his frustration, if not disdain, with a section of the country he considers recalcitrant in obstructing the restructuring imperative, and calls for the big stick if need be, after all, he reasons, when they wanted Sharia, they just went ahead and had it.

The core issue to my mind, why restructuring won’t happen, is represented in the twin premise once credited to some personality from the north that the Niger Delta oil is non-negotiable Nigeria’s and that its discovery and exploitation were made possible by the now disappeared resources of the old North. Such humbug!

But I do sympathise with my northern brethren. The reality is that Niger Delta oil began to be explored and exploited in earnest by and for the Federal Government of Nigeria (even though we didn’t lift a finger nor put much of any money of our own in it) and not by a ‘Niger Delta Region’ as was the case with the produces and resources in the first republic of the more self-governing regional paradigm.

So much singsong has also been made by many “experts” about the “innumerable mineral resources” that abound in the vast expanse of land in the North waiting and crying to be tapped, and which, when tapped, has the capacity to far outstrip the resources from oil! And which, once the constraining hand of the Federal Government is removed and the free money from oil is shunned, will receive the attention due to it under a new, improved, restructured (and reconstructed) polity. O really?

I cannot see any meaningful “reconstruction” of the dysfunctional country carried out under the existing power centers and succession arrangement except through a revolution.

Something tells me we are stuck.

My brother Soludo has described our situation most succinctly, “For fear of death, Nigeria has indeed decided to commit suicide!”

If we have any sense, and if all the claim of other “untapped natural resources” be true, then the best we can do for now is to plough huge ‘Niger Delta oil money’ in exploring and exploiting them now to turn the North into a bigger foreign exchange and GDP earner than the rest of the country, including the Niger Delta. When that is done, let’s see whose voice for “restructuring” and “SNC” will be the loudest.

Until then, we are stuck – and damned!



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Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Emj posted on 09-10-2012, 18:27:44 PM
We are not stuck...what we need is the courage...more than ordinary...but then we dont have the wherewithal to commit all the nunocrazies into the institution where they shld be for....ever...


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*So much singsong has also been made by many \\"experts\\" about the \\"innumerable mineral resources\\" that abound in the vast expanse of land in the North waiting and crying to be tapped, and which, when tapped, has the capacity to far outstrip the resources from oil! And which, once the constraining hand of the Federal Government is removed and the free money from oil is shunned, will receive the attention due to it under a new, improved, restructured (and reconstructed) polity. O really?


Yes there are innumerable mineral resources up North and also down south....but no one has dim it fit to do the needful...explore..


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Bentonite and Baryte

These are the main constituents of the mud used in the drilling of all types of oil wells. The Nigerian baryte has specific gravity of about 4.3. Over 7.5 million tonnes of baryte have been identified in Taraba and Bauchi States. Large bentonite reserves of 700 million tonnes are available in many states of the federation ready for massive development and exploitation.



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Rock Salt

The national annual demand for table salt, caustic soda, chlorine, sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide exceeds one million tonnes. A colossal amount of money is expended annually to import these chemicals by chemical and processing companies including tanneries and those in food and beverages, paper and pulp, bottling and oil sector. There are salt springs at Awe (Plateau State), Abakaliki and Uburu (Ebonyi State), while rock salt is available in Benue State. A total reserve of 1.5 million tonnes has been indicated, and further investigations are now being carried out by Government.


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Gemstones

Gemstones mining has boomed in various parts of Plateau, Kaduna and Bauchi states for years. Some of these gemstones include sapphire, ruby, aquamarine, emerald, tourmaline, topaz, garnet, amethyst; zircon, and flourspar which are among the world's best. Good prospects exist in this area for viable investments.



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Silica sand
Silica sand exist in the sedimentary area of Jigawa State which covers nearly 80% of the land mass of Jigawa State. The Silica sand has a particle size range between (-30 to -+300) mesh.


Used in making glass.




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[B]Lead-Zinc[/B]
Lead-Zinc occurrences in Nigeria are associated with saline water intrusion in the sedimentary basins or fractured/shear zones in crystalline rocks. The mineralization is often associated with minor to significant amounts of copper and sliver, occurring in lodes filing and fractures within the sedimentary rocks in the Benue trough as well as in crystalline basement rocks as shown in recent studies by Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.



http://www.nipc.gov.ng/deposit.html

http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/solid-mineralsnigerias-two-most-well-endowed-states/

Something those who are quietly acquiring/exploring wont want you to know......lols

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As far as mineral deposits are concerned, KOGI state and next-door NASARAWA state are the most well-endowed across the entire country. A year or two ago, we made this point on here and someone actually asked me to \\\"take am easy\\\"(like we were exaggerating). Well, the scope has even widened since then.
Kogi state alone has deposits of a total of 29 MINERAL RESOURCES available in commercial quantities.These include coal,dolomite,feldspar,bauxite,iron ore,tar,limestone,gold etc. Each of the 21 LGAs in the state has deposits of at least 2 minerals. One of the coal-rich areas is the Okaba district of Ankpa LGA which alone holds reserves of 99 million tonnes of coal. As things stand, Kogi state alone has enough deposits of coal to supply all of Nigeria with electricity for 400 years. Kogi state alone holds enough limestone to keep 3 giant-sized cement factories (with over 15m tons annual capacity) operational for an unbroken stretch of 99 years




Interesting aint so........
And wait for it...Uranium.......another lols.....those Chinese and Russians, hmmm, Chinese & Russians are making it like bandits in Africa....Anyway

http://www.wise-uranium.org/upafr.html


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In Nigeria, uranium exploration is performed by: Kulfana Mining Company Ltd, Ecophoenix Limited user posted image, Lunar K Limited, Western Goldfields Limited user posted image, Garbson Resources Ltd, Obye Mineralogy, Bebeyi Merchants Limited user posted image, Baxville Minerals Nig Ltd, Uramin Nigeria Ltd
[h=3]General[/h][h=4]Rosatom signs memorandum on nuclear cooperation with Nigeria, including uranium mining[/h]On March 18, 2009, Russia's Rosatom user posted image signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear cooperation with the Nigeria nuclear regulator. Among others, the memorandum foresees a cooperation in the field of uranium prospection and the development of uranium desposits. (RIA Novosti March 18, 2009)
[h=4]Uranium deposits discovered in six Nigerian states[/h]Uranium deposits of \\\"great value\\\" have been discovered in six Nigerian states, the News Agency of Nigeria reported on Oct. 17, 2005, but no details were given. Deposits have been discovered in the states of Cross River, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi and Kano, citing a report released by the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development user posted image. The discoveries were made by the Atomic Energy Division of the British Geological Survey user posted image. (Xinhua, Oct. 18, 2005)



Time for the Oduas, SS and all other rascals go their merry way and let us hia word...nonsense
All the noise and no action is becoming very tiresome.....smh, stuck with who....
Oya crash the molue........
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Agidimolaja posted on 09-11-2012, 17:44:30 PM
Yes!
As at now we are stuck in this mess known as Nigeria. It may look like certain folks from certain ethnic groups are talking it or preaching it,but good as it may seem,there is none of those advocating for a break up that is making any spectacular move to pull out of Nigeria.maybe they are still buying time.
Experience is the best teacher.
Isaac Boro tried it,he was suppressed, captured, tried and detained for quite some time.
Muritala Mohammed and his uninformed folks wanted to do it but their Colonial friends talked them out of taking such risk by pointing to them the grave consequences of pulling out of Nigeria. "Biafrans tried it,they were conquered after thirty months of bloody conflict
The Niger Delta armed marauders masquerading as MEND etc are just causing panic and destruction,but they cannot attempt to declare any Republic
The so called MEND and other violent groups therein are just running around in the mangrove,there is no any leader of importance among of them.No they can't declare nothing,forget the loud and reckless noises that Asari Dokubo is making. Alhaji my butt!
Some of my Yoruba people are also whispering Oodua Republic but that is all about it.There is no any meaningful effort inside our Kingdom to declare Oodua Republic and there is none of Yoruba heroes or Elders of Thought who is campaigning for such Republic. Even Dr. Faseun,the founder of OPC is not a pro Oodua Republic and never preach it.
In truth,we are stuck,all of us. We are all stuck in this unfortunate project called Nigeria,at least as at now.
MASSOB is another laughable group. I'm sure most of those therein now are too young to know what the real Biafra of the 60s looked like and the painful memory of old Biafra. No wonder Igbo Elders of Thought who passed through the old Biafra are not participating in the current crowing for the resurrection of Biafra,a new Biafra indeed not the one that we killed and buried on January 15,1970.
Let me leave project Biafra aside till another time.
While there are few of these new era pro break up groups,nevertheless,none of them so far is making any serious move to break away. The fact is that project Biafra taught us great lesson and none of those noise makers would like to go through what Biafrans went through.Even surviving Biafrans don't want to make a return journey to the old dead Republic.
So, we are stuck,really stuck.l
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Agidimolaja posted on 09-11-2012, 20:26:56 PM
@Emj


You may not agree to it but it is true. We are stuck.
All the noises you are hearing and no action including your people's MASSOB is the evidence that we're stuck.
Who in his/her right mind will not think twice before declaring any quasi Republic except if that person is not an ardent student of history with no knowledge of Biafra.
The failure recorded in Biafra and the sufferings that accompanied the failure is enough to warn anyone ahead of time before declaring another Republic. Some Igbos may be boasting but that is all about it. Boasting but no action and I don't blame them for experience is the best teacher.
I heard from certain Igbos here in 2007 that if Igbo President don't emerge then, Igbos would once again proclaim another Biafra. 2007 came and gone, no Igbo President emerged and there was not a new Biafra till now. I heard similar thing in 2011 and the story was the same.I no blame una o!
Mineral resources may be found in many places across the North,but Northerners are not attracted to the resources found among them.Their attentions are focused only on oils found in the South and are already threatening fire and hell should they be prevented from drinking oil hence they always want to make sure they are always at the head of Nigerian affairs.
The North want all the sensitive posts all of the time. Posts like President, Finance Minister,Central Bank Governor,Chief of Army Staff etc so that their Highway to oil fountain remains paved.
Remember that we discover Iron and Steel at Ajaokuta once upon a time and Millions of Naira was pumped into the project in those days when Naira was even more powerful than Dollar and Pound Sterling. But where is Ajaokuta today? GONE!
The only thing that safeguard our oil is that it is naturally flowing out through the power of nature otherwise it could have gone like our Steel and Iron. Where is our Coal? Where is our Tin? All gone.
We are today in a reluctant marriage of which each of us is afraid to seek for divorce.We are stuck sir.













































Forget what MASSOB,MEND etc are saying or doing.No any ethnic group as at now has the audacity to declare any kind of Republic from among present day Nigeria.
Like you rughtly said,it is only talk talk,there is not going to be any action. So we are stuck.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Mutti posted on 09-12-2012, 01:34:25 AM
Nigeria and its various regions and nationalities lack the component most critical to nation building, people. People with knowledge, understanding and skills and most of al people with their hearts in the right place. We can wax lyrical all we want about every and all things. We may have resources in our soil and in our waters, but it takes people to create wealth out of all that.

People unfortunately is what we don't have. Take off the suits, the niger delta (resource control) uniforms, the babarigas and what you have left are a bunch of bumbling, confused individuals driven only by the primal instinct to feed and feed and feed.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Denker posted on 09-12-2012, 02:16:49 AM
oh' crazi allah why wasting our young dynamic men and leaving behind dis old wasted spermatozoon mallam Agidimolaja to keep on torturing us on dis board...i command thee in name of ya only false prophet mohammed to pull dis cretin out of ma sight....so shall it be...indeed.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
African Knight posted on 09-12-2012, 02:34:15 AM
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Nigeria and its various regions and nationalities lack the component most critical to nation building, people. People with knowledge, understanding and skills and most of al people with their hearts in the right place. We can wax lyrical all we want about every and all things. We may have resources in our soil and in our waters, but it takes people to create wealth out of all that.

People unfortunately is what we don't have. Take off the suits, the niger delta (resource control) uniforms, the babarigas and what you have left are a bunch of bumbling, confused individuals driven only by the primal instinct to feed and feed and feed.
GBAM! I must say Madam Mutti, the highlighted above made me burst out laughing... I have this mental picture of jackals and hyenas(our legislooters, sinators and politrickians) tearing into a carcase(nigeria) and into each other in a rabidly crazed frenzy...
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Agidimolaja posted on 09-12-2012, 12:39:08 PM
And Agidimolaja {Awo Ile-Ife} will outived "Kuturu" Denker as his addiction to controlled substances is rushing him fast onto the open grave in front of him. Or who in his/her right mind is not aware of Denker as being under the influence of certain controlled substance unless such person don't read the bunch of useless rubbish that Kuturu Denker always write.
Go on o,"dan kuturu" kill yourself quick so that we may be able to breath better on NVS as you stinks like Irish pig and brought about pollutions each time you showed up here
You met me here in this mean World and you surely will leave before I do. Our ancestors testified to it that "kainkain ba isu lorun ebe ni,yio si fi isu sile nibe lo ni" - the sponge came to the heap after the yam but the sponge will leave the heap before the yam.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Agidimolaja posted on 09-12-2012, 13:05:58 PM
@ Mutti

No, we are not lacking in the type of people you are talking about. The sad thing is that a devilish cabal is in control of this nation. This cabal have always being in control and have manipulated this nation for selfish needs since Independence by preventing competent people from leading the country and turn the country around for good.
Our responsibility today is not to declare a new Republic but to free ourselves from the grip of this demonic cabal.
Trust me,if you have general knowledge of we the people of Nigeria,you would see it with your own eyes that we have talented people scattered all over the land among various ethnic groups. I mean very competent people who are ready to make the sacrifice.
It is very sad and so disturbing that such people,since Independence have not been allowed to lead this country hence we are where we are today.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Denker posted on 09-12-2012, 14:18:35 PM
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And Agidimolaja {Awo Ile-Ife} will outived \\"Kuturu\\" Denker as his addiction to controlled substances is rushing him fast onto the open grave in front of him. Or who in his/her right mind is not aware of Denker as being under the influence of certain controlled substance unless such person don't read the bunch of useless rubbish that Kuturu Denker always write.
Go on o,\\"dan kuturu\\" kill yourself quick so that we may be able to breath better on NVS as you stinks like Irish pig and brought about pollutions each time you showed up here

You met me here in this mean World and you surely will leave before I do. Our ancestors testified to it that \\"kainkain ba isu lorun ebe ni,yio si fi isu sile nibe lo ni\\" - the sponge came to the heap after the yam but the sponge will leave the heap before the yam.


i scan over dis i laugh..yes, i laugh at you. a simpleton mortal, mallam agidimolaja challenging his DESTINY, a supreme immortal, denker....mallam agidimolaja, listen very well, do not stretch ya luck too far..ma wrath may fall upon ya...indeed.
Re: I Think We're Stuck!
Anioma777 posted on 09-12-2012, 14:51:33 PM
@agidimolaja

Don't be so sure about the all talk no action of these groups. MEND has shown it can strike with impunity at black gold stations/wells. Remember when they bombed an oil facility at Lagos a few years ago. Personally I thought that was geared at the FG but MOST Lagosians in their collective aloofness took it as an personal. Boko Haram many people thought where just violent noise makers have pretty much kept the north mostly in fear. MASSOB is a peaceful group but not sure how true it is but I hear that a secretive military wing or breakaway faction might be in existence. OPC is also there too. I think it is not just a matter of the experience of Biafra. If any other group start a similar pogrom or genocide orchestrated against Igbos in 1966 you will see a similar uprising. However Nigerians are SCARED OF DYING. What I am curious to know is if they are scared of dying for Nigeria, their region or to continue their greed and corruption and this is not limited to the cabal.

The cynical side of me is hoping Boko Haram can be the one to light the torch paper down south. I often used to joke the few times I was going over 3rd main land bridge..I wonder when they will blow it up

Anyway I think Igbos are having the last laugh. Those who fought for Nigeria are choking on their prize. Suddenly people dey yarn about SNC after almost half a century. I feel sorry for those in Nigeria who don't have an escape plan outside Nigeria IF THAT DREADED YAWA DAY COMES. I dey laugh.
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