Obasanjo Truncated True Federalism In Nigeria – Attah

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Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Victor Bassey Attah, has blamed ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, of truncating true federalism in Nigeria, accusing him of not being a true democrat. Attah who made the accusation in an interview on Arise TV monitored by NRTC on Monday, also said Obasanjo was the brain behind Nigeria not moving forward despite its huge potentials. Attah, who was governor when Obasanjo was president of Nigeria between 199 and 2027, said the country would have seamlessly transformed into true federalism with a parliamentary system of government if Obasanjo had not trampled upon the sovereignty of the people by taking unilateral decisions that set the country many years back. While answering a question that bordered on restructuring, Attah said the former President had the opportunity of writing his name in gold if he had done what was expected of him at the time. “Former President Obasanjo truncated true federalism in Nigeria by his actions when he had the opportunity of writing his name in gold,” Attah said. “Like we all know, sovereignty resides with the people but Obasanjo did not follow the principles of true sovereignty. Some of the actions he took while in power are the malaise we are still facing today. “Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria and there should be an act of parliament that we need a sovereign conference that will come out with a new constitution for Nigeria based on the 1963 constitution that placed mineral resources found in the regions as belonging to the owners of the land. “Recently, Obasanjo wrote a letter to Pa Edwin Clark saying that the oil in the Niger Delta belongs to Nigeria and not the people of the region. I want to disagree with him on that. “The oil in the Niger Delta belong to the people of the region and he 1963 constitution clearly spelt that out and they were supposed to contribute to the center and not the other way round. “As a governor, I championed the cause of resource control which would have recognised the Niger Delta people as the true owners of the oil but Obasanjo did everything to jeopardize resource control which is why we are where we are today. “If you go back to the 1963 constitution, there was an arrangement that the FG should pay 50% to the states where the mineral resources found, which clearly means that the mineral resources belong to the states. “But when the military took over power, the rules were changed and that was what Obasanjo stood on, even as a democratically elected president.

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