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Prof. Ango Abdullahi

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Background Information

Employment History

Vice Chancellor

The Northern Union

Minister of Education, Vice-Chancellor

Ahmadu Bello University

Affiliations

Secretary
New England Fertility Society

Education

Barewa College

Nigerian College

Ph.D.

agronomy

Amuatubelo University

Ph.D.

agronomy

Kansas State University

Web References (162 Total References)


Only recently, a former Minister of ...

www.osundefender.org [cached]

Only recently, a former Minister of Education, former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, was reported by the Punch newspaper (August 31, 2016) as saying, "If Nigerians have found it difficult to live together in peace, the component units should find it convenient to go their separate ways," adding that if the amalgamation of the country in 1914 by Lord Lugard was a mistake, "each region should go separately". How convenient! We can see and feel the sarcasm dripping from Prof. Abdullahi's posers. I am sure the learned professor knows that Nigerians going "their separate ways" is not going to happen, at least not the way he has posed the question. Not because there are no Nigerians who want "each region" to go "their separate ways", but because there are those who still think it is their prerogative to determine what shape or form that "separation" should take if and when it does happen.

I think the question Prof Abdullahi should have posed is, why have Nigerians found it difficult to live in peace? He agrees that Nigeria's unity is negotiable which is comforting but his idea why we should have the negotiation debate is quite troubling. Let's hear him: "Yes we accepted Boko Haram for those who described them as 'Islamist terrorists', fair enough; but what about economic terrorists? In the Niger Delta, for example, people who came out openly and said they're avenging something and that they're fighting to avenge something, they're worse than what's happening in this country; they're worse than Boko Haram. If you're not going to fight Avengers, then stop fighting Boko Haram."
Of course, there is no denying-in Prof. Abdullahi's world-the fact that "economic terrorists" are far worse than "Islamist terrorists". But I would say terrorists are terrorists, whether "economic", "Islamist", "Christian", "Buddhist", or "animist". For me, crime is crime no matter the colouration, except that in Nigeria's Niger Delta, there is also a clear evidence of criminal appropriation and neglect by the Nigerian state. So, how should the citizens of the Niger Delta respond to such blatant injustice? My understanding is that the militants of the Niger Delta are asking for a greater control of the resources-and we can't use the argument of how well they have managed what they get currently to deny them control-in the area and therefore a greater control of their environment. This position is tenable considering Prof Abdullahi's argument as reported in Thisday newspaper (August 31, 2016) that the "ragtag boys" who were fed up with the things happening to them became members of Boko Haram.


Only recently, a former Minister of ...

swiftreporters.com [cached]

Only recently, a former Minister of Education, former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, was reported by the Punch newspaper (August 31, 2016) as saying, "If Nigerians have found it difficult to live together in peace, the component units should find it convenient to go their separate ways," adding that if the amalgamation of the country in 1914 by Lord Lugard was a mistake, "each region should go separately". How convenient! We can see and feel the sarcasm dripping from Prof. Abdullahi's posers. I am sure the learned professor knows that Nigerians going "their separate ways" is not going to happen, at least not the way he has posed the question. Not because there are no Nigerians who want "each region" to go "their separate ways", but because there are those who still think it is their prerogative to determine what shape or form that "separation" should take if and when it does happen.

I think the question Prof Abdullahi should have posed is, why have Nigerians found it difficult to live in peace? He agrees that Nigeria's unity is negotiable which is comforting but his idea why we should have the negotiation debate is quite troubling. Let's hear him: "Yes we accepted Boko Haram for those who described them as 'Islamist terrorists', fair enough; but what about economic terrorists? In the Niger Delta, for example, people who came out openly and said they're avenging something and that they're fighting to avenge something, they're worse than what's happening in this country; they're worse than Boko Haram. If you're not going to fight Avengers, then stop fighting Boko Haram."
Of course, there is no denying-in Prof. Abdullahi's world-the fact that "economic terrorists" are far worse than "Islamist terrorists". But I would say terrorists are terrorists, whether "economic", "Islamist", "Christian", "Buddhist", or "animist". For me, crime is crime no matter the colouration, except that in Nigeria's Niger Delta, there is also a clear evidence of criminal appropriation and neglect by the Nigerian state. So, how should the citizens of the Niger Delta respond to such blatant injustice? My understanding is that the militants of the Niger Delta are asking for a greater control of the resources-and we can't use the argument of how well they have managed what they get currently to deny them control-in the area and therefore a greater control of their environment. This position is tenable considering Prof Abdullahi's argument as reported in Thisday newspaper (August 31, 2016) that the "ragtag boys" who were fed up with the things happening to them became members of Boko Haram.


2015PRESIDENCY: PDP, APC must ...

www.osundefender.org [cached]

2015PRESIDENCY: PDP, APC must present Northern candidates - Ango Abdullahi

Professor Ango Abdullahi is the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum. In this interview with PAUL ORUDE, conducted in Bauchi, Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor...


INFO

www.soltairenergy.com [cached]

[Daily Trust] The spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, yesterday said no responsible government would dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), as the group has clearly identified itself as a terrorist organization.


New Nigerian Politics » Arewa House

newnigerianpolitics.com [cached]

Speaking in the same vein, spokesman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Prof Ango Abdullahi described the proposed conference as President Jonathan’s conference and not Nigerians’ conference. He questioned the rationale behind government’s modalities, insisting that if the government knew it would not consider the views of the majority of Nigerians, the Femi Okoroumu-led committee shouldn’t have wasted time and public resources in moving round the country to collate the views of the people.

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