Date: September 18, 2019, 12:35:51 AM
Digging up wealth in the South, burying them in the North: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Sorry, it took so long to get to the heart of the matter. Nigerians have become “the miserable objects of universal pity or contempt” largely because, since 2009, we have evolved a queer sort of federal structure in which eighty to eighty-five per cent of the federally collected revenue is generated by the Southern States while the generally self- imposed problems, now consuming our resources (funds, manpower and time), have their origins solidly in the North. Strictly speaking, our present federal structure is even worse than “monkey-work-baboon-chop”. It has become “monkey-work-baboon-chop and throw more away”.
In 1960, there was a symbiotic relationship among the three regions. Now, the relationship is purely parasitic – one region is sucking the two other regions dry and, unfortunately, it is not getting better itself. It is becoming more malnourished everyday. More disturbing still is the fact that there is no discernible plan to get the North out of its self-induced tragedies which have made economic and social development missions impossible.Even for a country and for a race that cannot be disillusioned anymore, there are now reasons to ask seriously if we can continue like this. For how long can our Northern citizens and their Southern political associates expect to stand around and look while the revenue for which they toiled is sent for burial in Lake Chad or Malunfashi?