Date: October 14, 2019, 05:03:46 PM
Nigeria: Country of backward North, developing South – El-Rufai: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
“But, looking at the statistics, Nigeria appears to be a middle-income country. But, if we segregate those statistics across states and zones, you will see that in terms of human development indicators, Nigeria consists of two countries; there is a backward, less educated and unhealthy northern Nigeria and a developing, largely educated and healthy southern Nigeria.“We have to speak the truth to ourselves and ask why is it that northern Nigeria has development indicators similar to Afganistan, a country still at war?“We have the largest number of poor people in the world, most of them in northern Nigeria. Nigeria also has the largest number of out-of-school children, virtually all of them in Northern Nigeria.“Northern Nigeria has become the centre of drug abuse, gender violence, banditry, kidnapping and terrorism. We have also been associated with high divorce rate and breakdown of families. These are the challenges that confront us. This is the naked truth that we have to tell ourselves.
Well, he should have stopped at the point he said that Nigeria is TWO countries, and that should be it.The country should really divide into two and live happily ever after!For DECADES, people from Northern Nigeria have controlled the Nigerian national purse and shared resources according to how they felt, and actually allocated disproportionate amount of money to the North. Till date, the North has the best roads in Nigeria and enjoy more electricity.Yet, the North remains backward in human development.And the North RESISTS ANY GENUINE PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP IT.Boko Haram started because some Northerners genuinely HATE western education.Pray, how can you develop without western education, or even eastern education, because I can't think of any country that developed by Islamic education alone. I remember when the most brilliant central bank governor that Nigeria has ever produced -Prof CC Soludo - made the statement that poverty is a Northerner. The man actually meant it and had genuine plans to change that.Guess what he got for his misplaced love and care?He was removed (at the instigation of Northern elements) by Yar Adua.Methinks that Northern Nigeria will NEVER develop under a united Nigeria nation.The North needs to be removed (or secede or be excised) from Nigeria before people's brain there will reset and a new consciousness will come upon them to be honest to themselves about how to solve their problems.The South has actually tolerated the North for too long, and this Buhari government is reminding many southerners that Nigeria has long outlived its usefulness as one country.The latest Fulani herdsmen nonsense is the salt on the injury.The best thing that can happen to Northern Nigeria is the disintegration of Nigeria.