North’s Cornering Of Oil Blocs By Dr Anthony Kila

By Dr Anthony Kila

The title of this piece could have well been: Northern control of oil bloc: daddy not our brothers cornered our meat. Elsewhere a title of such would be unfamiliar if not completely surreal to an average citizen for it is not common for people in modern countries to use family terms when talking about politico-economic relations of a country. That, however, is not the case in Nigeria where we have developed a modern state in which those in charge of public affairs are by virtue of their offices considered and regarded as fathers and mothers rather than mere servants and representatives of the country, or at most accountable leaders.

There are times when one struggles to keep a straight face when confronted with the spectacle of fathers of families thumping the chests over their potbellies as someone else’s boys and proclaiming allegiance to their public father, in his presence of course. Amusing scenes apart, one of the dangerous consequences of this mode of conceiving power is that those that get into office are then easily tempted and allowed to exercise power in an arbitrary way up to the point of abusing their roles and positions.

It is in line with this dangerously absurd mode of conceiving power that I suggest we examine the bombshell recently dropped by Senator Ita Enang that 83 percent of oil blocs in the country are owned by northerners. We should, however, hasten to note that the main problem and the ultimate responsibility of such lopsided distribution are not of our northern brothers, but that of those that ruled the country.

Before then, we all, northerners in primis, however, have a duty to understand the deep sense of grievance that this kind of information can provoke in those that come from the oil producing areas and those from other parts of the country that feel shortchanged by this askew distribution. Understanding these grievances needs just a bit of common sense, goodwill or empathy. Those who readily discard these grievances are either in bad faith or lack these basic elements.

Still harmed with our common sense, goodwill and empathy, it is easy to understand that any Nigerian that knows what an oil bloc is will want one, understandably not every Nigerian can get one. The question then is: In a country of millions, who gets the limited oil blocs that all want? The answers to this question from those that have ruled the country are already in front of us.

If those in charge of public affairs in Nigeria were filled with enough republican ethos and devotion to merit the status of leaders or had enough care to deserve the title of fathers or godfathers, they would have before answering such a question added more questions and factored in some considerations crucial to the wellbeing of the people and country on whose behalf they profess to rule and manage power. They would have asked themselves why do we need to allocate oil blocs? What do we, as a country, want from this oil? How do we do this allocation in a way that reflects its nature of being a commonwealth? The same people that fill their mouths with the importance of a united Nigeria and introduced the concept of federal character should have remembered and considered that this is a country of different cultures, nations and ethnic groups. They should have remembered that their main duties as rulers are to ensure security, justice and to aid development.

It is obvious our leaders have clearly neither asked themselves these questions nor considered these crucial elements. They have instead resorted to allocating what they should be managing for all to themselves and their friends. To compound matters, the country and the people they rule have little or nothing to show for it. Children are starving and their parents are obese.

The worst offenders in this case are those that had state power and then proceeded to help themselves with what they should be managing and regulating for the common good. Regardless of how common this malpractice is and how many people engage in it, we must say shame on them. Regardless of their performance in office or their method of gaining entry into office, once in power, every dullard, every lackey in Nigeria is guaranteed a place in history textbooks. They are given one of the highest salaries in the world and offered lifelong deference and opportunities in the country, but no, that is not enough. They want economic in addition to political power.

With their greedy and corrupt actions, these people are not only guilty of abusing power, they are also responsible for the desire of many to go into politics to loot rather than serve. They are killing diversity of ideas and aspirations, elements necessary for a dynamic and prosperous country. It is because of the way they manage power that we have a weak middle class have fewer professionals proud of their skills and confident that with their ability and hard work they can make it in Nigeria without connections or godfather.

We shall be deceiving and destroying ourselves if we limit this to a North vs. South matter. What have they done for the North in whose name they loot? Everywhere in the country people are feeling the same pains. It is a matter of leadership and accountability not geography or ethnicity. Today it is oil, tomorrow it may be contracts, electricity or nominations. These rulers called fathers are the ones cornering our meat.
 

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Time To apply 'Federal Character' To Ownership of Oil Blocks

Time has come when these oil blocks are taken away from the abokis and their Yoruba co-conspirators and distributed evenly according to the much-touted principle of Federal Character.

It cannot be right that when it comes to sharing of federal posts or monthly allowance from the so called Federation Account (which is money that should ordinary belong to the South East and the South South), the Yorubas and the Hausa-Fulani cry for ‘federal character’ but when it comes to the ownership of oil blocks, the same advocates of 'one Nigeria' start speaking in tongues.

It’s either we keep the much abused federal character principle and apply it in ALL areas, including ownership and running of these oil blocks, or do away with it completely.

The North should not expect to eat its cake and still have it on the table. FAIR SHOULD BE FAIR. Period.

and they become terrorists as threats

NiGERIA is failed nations.They cried fowl that Obasanjo refusd to manipulate d votes as usual to return d corruption to where it "Ogas" are.Jonathan won hands down,and Obj shouldn't take d glory.The late Yaradua chose Jonathan bicos he saw him a good boy of the north in the unleaching of resources thru corruption.Ibori was head boy of IBB.Under IBB,next to all deltans almost becam moslem becos of IBB religious cakes sharing at that domain,when Ibori was general overseer.They prefer u bcom cultists than christians.Boko haram,deadly coup boys and they were deadliest coup planner of their time.They NEVER WANT ANYONE TO WAKE UP ONE DAY AND BECOME LIKE JONATHAN GAINST THEIR PLOTS TO TAKE OVER "UNNA".NO IGBOS' VOTES FOR NORTHERNERS BICOS OF THEIR UNREPENETANT GENOCIDES PLOTS AGAINST IGBOS VIA BOKOHARAM.You become secular, weak and permeable by their charms/mystics, and you look and behave like empty spirits while they take everything both the jobs with no certificates,and your resources.

ALL LOOTERS ARE NOT EQUAL (Volume)

The North has used the military might (over the years) to loot the country dry since the end of the last civil war. You cannot and must not compare the damages that the North has done to this country to the paltry lootings by other members of the conglomerate. 83% of oil blocks in the hands of people from one part of the country is enough to cause an uprising, but the subdued fools from the SS, SE, West will never fight for their rights.

Deri and the North

Deri everything for you is anti North.
When did the North ever rule without the input and help of the SS? Even when SE was voting NPP and APGA and SW was voting UPN and AD SS was with the North.
Has there been a revolution in the SS? Is it not those same leaders that were running errands for the North that are still there now?
Please Deri

Community and political cohesion more important

I agree with 'Sultan of Sokoto's' comments. Yes corruption is an issue but unless the country is properly organised, there can be no development. Lack of development leads to corruption. If majority of oil blocks are owned by northerners that should be confronted without excuses.
It's time that southern commentators stood up for their own community instead of trying too hard to appear reasonable.

fulani North says rotate aso rock-but not d oil wells

The same old excuses designed to deceive the SS. To show us that the Fulani North, is ever faithful in her quest to build a true federal system in Mali 4 9ja! I laugh! All the noise about GEJ not being the chosen one-are ideas initiated to demonize d SS by Yerima, tinubu and buhari. Leaders from d 3 old regions destroyed d revenue sharing formula put in place by them in the 1954-then it was 100 percent at source-cause the SW had cocoa. Case changed-when oil was discovered in 1958. SS had to fight with the regional leaders until-they got 13%-in 1999-even at that Buhari swore he would never allow us enjoy it-during his visit to Edo state in 20003! The owners of the oil wells in the SS are from the fulani North-acquired oil blocks that yield more revenue than the oil wells in sudan and ghana put together

time 2 split-Sanusi-tinubu,obi ribadu own d oil blocks-not Ebi

The same old excuses designed to deceive the SS. To show us that the Fulani North, is ever ever faithful in her quest to build a true federal system in Mali 4 9ja! I laugh! All the noise about GEJ not being the chosen one-are ideas initiated to demonize d SS by Yerima tinubu and buhari. Leaders from d 3 old regions destroyed d revenue sharing formula put in place by them in the 1954-then it was 100 percent at source-cause the SW had cocoa. Case changed-when oil was discovered in 1958. SS had to fight with the regional leaders until-they got 13%-in 1999-even at that Buhari swore he would never allow us enjoy it-during his visit to Edo state in 20003! The owners of the oil wells in the SS are from the fulani North-acquired oil blocks that yield more revenue than the oil wells in sudan and ghana put together

If we forget our history we

If we forget our history we are doomed to repeat thesame mistake says an adage. Where did we start this bizarred journey. Everything started when terrorist babangida got to power. Tunde Idiagbon and buhari tried to correct things from clueless teacher shagari but found ourself back at the same spot. When Iran tried recently to eliminate the bastards, wee see our Zombies running foolishly to arrest the suspect. The job the zombie cannot do, thereby got back to the same spot. The truth is that babangida needs to go. Obasanjo needs to follow. Anything short is deceiving.

THIS CRIMINAL USURPATION OF OIL BLOCS-THE HIGHT OF DECEPTION.

It has been a taboo subject of sorts and most Nigerians were aware of the fact that just a few scoundrels of northern Nigerian stock and their criminal associates mostly from the SW have monopolised and effectively alienated the SS and SE on whose territories the main oil and gas resource of this country is based.
The SS whose environment has been heartlessly degraded to zero were actually coerced into undermining the Aburi accord which featured resource control and the main reason tendered by the Hausa-Fulani north was that the Igbo wanted to take over the oil reserves of the SS,this deception is now exposed after fifty years of criminal exploitative plundering and wicked subjugation of the Delta minorities.
The status-quo is clearly unsustainable,so in the interest of peace the President must summon up courage and ensure that equity,justice and fairness prevails in the oil sector else this situation will lead to violence.

It is deceitful to use the

It is deceitful to use the word North, we should call a spade by its name. It is Hausa-Fulani or mildly put Core-North, the Oil blocks was shared amongst those that pride itself Born to Rule from the Core-North. They are the people that sold dummy to Niger-delta people during the civil war, we now know those after Niger-delta Oil and Wealth. Those who only feed on federal allocations. They oppose offshore derivation and now opposing the PIB bill.

@evana...Stop am if na play, otherwise.....

evana! evana!! evana!!!
Na how many times I call you so? Make you take time oh. Whose wealth are you referring to as "our common wealth"? You mean the oil&gas in by backyard in Warri & Anambra is common? You mean those in Sokoto 19hours away are part owners? You mean the people of Olumo rock & Idanre hills are part owners of my oil? You mean those idiots in the barren northern countries who have been killing southerners especially of SS&SE extraction are also part of this your "our common wealth"? If na play, better stop am immediately.

I guess you need to see a mechanic to replace a loose nut from your brain. The SS&SE is not Illorin. Get that straight. Since 1777 the Oba of Illorin has been hiding in the bushes around Offa while the alien Emir sits on the throne.

The SS&SE will not allow any alien rule over its resources. NEVER!
emir sits

Re:Dr Kila

Thanks Doc for the way you expressed the mind of many of us. It is an issue of grave concern that those who got to positions of leadership in this country either by the ballot box or the barrel of a gun are hardly different. They squander our common wealth without batting an eye, what a shame!

Yes but..

Dr Kila i sincerely acknowledge your intelligence and wisdom. Thank you for expressing in a cool, calm and collected way the views of most Nigerians..we all very much do know that pratically all "leaders" in Nigeria ex and present  are at best, conmen and at times eloquent tricksters but the issue of oil blocks allocation is daylight robbery from the mallams period. This wrong like many others have to be corrected before we can move on. Sir again No justice no Peace. The mallams think they have guns and IEDs, i say to them we have bigger gun and precision bombs. 

Re-North Cornering iol blocs

Thanks Dr KILA, we have a united enermy in Nigeria (Looters of our resources), and is not restricted to the Northerners alone, they are in Yorubas ,Ibos and other Tribes too.
Their medium of operandi are same (Allocations and Lotting the economy),
The Law makers, excutives and to make it worse the Judiciaries have joined suite, it is sad and disheartening.

Northern control of oil bloc

God bless Anthony Kila for this piece.
You expressed the feeling of most of us in a very calm way.
What have they done for the North in whose name they loot? Great question!