WHILE the north now appears somewhat open to a restructuring of the polity, there are still fears among northern intelligentsia that the convocation of a sovereign national conference to kick-start the process of reformation could lead to chaos, disorder and political instability of monumental dimension, without first anchoring it on some agreed legal, moral or political basis.
Professor Auwalu Hamisu Yadudu, of the Law Faculty, Bayero University and member of concerned northerners which recently joined calls for the restructuring of the country said whatever has to be done must go through processes permitted by law via the legislature.
Responding to questions, he told The Guardian that, “the apprehension that SNC may lead to or result in the dismemberment of the nation or polity is not illusory or far-fetched. To put matters mildly, its convocation and the rationale and processes associated with it, not on the basis of any agreed legal, moral or political basis or anchor, will in my considered view, breed chaos, disorder and political instability of monumental dimension. In our polity at the moment, sovereignty belongs to the people who, by our constitutional system – however defective, imperfect, or illegitimate some may think – have delegated it to their representatives: the members of the National Assembly (NASS).”