BY Emma Amaize
WARRI—TWO highly notable academics, Prof. B. Ijomah and Prof. Ango Abdulahi, from the Southern and Northern parts of the country, respectively, have disagreed over the recent declaration by the Federal Government that the onshore/offshore dichotomy was a settled issue.
Former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria and a leader of Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Abdulahi, had criticized the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Muhammed Adoke, SAN, for saying that the onshore/offshore dichotomy controversy, re-opened by the Northern governors, was closed.
He said the minister had no right to make such comments and insisted that the matter was not closed, as Nigerians had the right to discuss any matter that affected them.
However, topnotch of South-South Peoples Assembly, SSPA, and former Commissioner for Education in the defunct Bendel State, Prof Ijomah, lambasted Prof. Abdulahi, over his outburst on Adoke.
Ijomah in a riposte to his fellow professor, said: “On the onshore/offshore dichotomy, I beg to disagree with Abdulahi and to support the Attorney-General and those who said that there was no point reopening a closed issue, especially when the Supreme Court had made a pronouncement on it.
“Permit me to draw your attention to your comments on the Attorney-General’s conclusion that the onshore/offshore dichotomy is closed. In your characteristic frank way of saying things, you lambasted him by asking who he was to declare the onshore/offshore dichotomy a closed issue.
“I believe you will agree with me that we have more pressing issues that must be tackled first before we think of revenue allocation. Boko Haram, which sprang from your back door has tended to confuse many people. But, scholars like you know and ought to know the genesis of Boko Haram,” he said.