“One state in North can take more than 2 of the spaces of total Southeast. North has landmass– Usman Bugaje

In a recent report by VANGUARD, Dr. Usman Bugaje, a former member of the House of Representatives, emphasized that according to the Constitution of Nigeria, all natural resources within the country are owned by the Federal Government. He stressed that the concept of an “oil-producing state” aligns with constitutional provisions.

During an interview with Vanguard, Dr. Bugaje asserted that no entity can assert ownership over Nigeria’s oil, gold, and other natural resources, as these blessings are national assets. He emphasized that these resources are not the exclusive property of any state but belong to the entire nation.

Dr. Bugaje highlighted that despite constitutional clarity on federal ownership of natural resources, there are individuals making erroneous claims to resource ownership. He pointed out that if such arguments were to be entertained, Northerners could also stake a claim to oil ownership, considering that 78% of Nigeria’s oil production occurs offshore.

Explaining further, Dr. Bugaje referenced his involvement in Gulf of Guinea talks, specifically citing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He clarified that this convention grants exclusive economic and security rights to states with coastal borders, allowing them to safeguard their territories, resources, and maritime activities.

According to him, he said, “One state in the North can take more than two of the spaces of the total Southeast. The North has the landmass. What I am saying is that if 78% of that landmass gives you mileage into the sea where your oil comes from, the 78% of whatever mileage we get into the sea can therefore be claimed because the 78% landmass belongs to the North which is the majority.”

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