Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Mustapha, on Thursday in Yola, said insecurity under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan almost forced him into fleeing the country. He said his best option was migrating to Cameroon, which shares international boundary with Adamawa State.
Seeing as the internet does not forget, NewsWireNGR recalls that the same Lamido who said he wanted to leave as a result of the insecurity has always made such threats..
He had threatened that if people from the other parts of the country push the North to the wall, the region will pull out of Nigeria. He said, “There is a state in Cameroun called Adamawa and if I run to that place, I can easily be assimilated. If you push us to wall, we can easily walk out of this country. Jingoism is not the preserve of anyone.”
Mr. Mustapha, who is the Lamido of Adamawa, threw caution to the wind when he angrily reacted to the ramblings of delegates at the Conference over a disputed voting formula.
Mustapha in a recent interview has however said the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election halted the move.
Although he contemplated leaving the state and relocating to Cameroon, he said the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the determination of the administration to curb insecurity, and its success in that regards, helped to made him stay.
Lamido Adamawa said this during the commencement of the construction of two major township roads in the state.
The state Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, led his deputy, Martins Babale, and other key members of his cabinet, including the state Commissioner for Works, Lilian Stephen, to officially unveil the construction of the Yolde-Pate link road, on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mustapha blamed the soaring insecurity under the administration of former President Goodluck as the factor that forced people to flee the area.
“You will agree with me that just two years ago, all of us here were preparing to leave. I was also planning to leave for Cameroon. But God, in His mercies, brought us peace. He brought us Muhammadu Buhari and we can all attest to the works of his hands, especially in the aspect that has to do with the security of lives,” the top monarch said.
Lamido also said that insecurity, which used to be a nightmare, literally disappeared under President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “Insecurity, which used to be our worst night mare, has now become an issue that is now of less concern.
“May God Almighty continue to guide everyone who is a part of this and keep them in good health and grant them peace, just as they are also working tirelessly to give us peace.”
Here’s what led to the outburst during the National Conference, trouble started when some delegates stalled the adoption of the amended Rules of Procedure of the Conference on grounds that a voting procedure was not agreed upon.
Having been denied opportunity to speak during two previous sittings, the first class monarch had taken the floor to strongly warn other delegates to desist from trying the patience of their Northern counterparts.
Mr. Mustapha insisted that some so-called elders who claim to be supporters of the President were about to derail the Conference.
The visibly angry monarch explained that he had been trying to speak on the floor of the Conference during the past three days but was not recognised by the leadership.
He, therefore, used the opportunity to advise delegates to jettison what he described as “so-called Western Conference,” because such would not do Nigeria any good.
Mr. Mustapha said he was surprised at the behavior of some delegates who were trying to overstep the bounds set by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said, “Some so-called elders who claim to be supporters of the President are causing problems at this Conference.”
This was followed by deafening shouts of “No, no, no, no,” from the delegates who refused to back down even when Kutigi pleaded that the royal father be allowed to speak.
The traditional ruler, who stood his grounds and continued speaking amidst the uproar, warned that the opposing delegates risk Nigeria’s disintegration because of their unruly behavour.
He said that any attempt to push the North to the wall would result in an unpleasant backlash.
The soft-spoken monarch further argued that Adamawa Kingdom transcended Nigeria and Cameroun, adding that his subjects have somewhere to go if the country disintegrated.