The worst type of poverty to befall anybody is the type I call mental poverty. A mentally poor person only knows how to spend money rather than how to produce results with same. Give him millions of naira, he simply spends it forgetting that the best way to have money is to invest it prudently.
This is one of the differences between the rich and the poor. While the rich is busy thinking of how to make more investments, the poor is thinking of how to spend his money on frivolities.
This is typically the case with the northern leaders of this country who are always thinking of how to share oil revenue instead of how to survive beyond oil.
Ironically, the north ruled Nigeria for about 38 years, yet they are the poorest people and less educated in Nigeria.I therefore conclude that northern leaders in years past imposed poverty on Nigeria and more on their people.
Joe Igbokwe once said of these people "Northern leaders and the world need an explanation on what led to the rot the north is in today." It was not magic but man-made as a result of deliberate manipulation of religion, self-enrishment and pervasive corruption which northern leaders adopted to the detriment of the larger people of the north.
Whenever the Northern Governors Forum meet, their main concern is not how to make the north more productive or solve the Boko Haram menace or proffer solution to country’s economic problems rather they spend all the time discussing how to amend the constitution so that the north can collect more revenue allocation from the federal government.
They envy the 13% derivation that goes to the southern states forgetting that before oil became the main stay of the economy, agriculture used to be. How much were they collecting from agriculture revenue?Generally our leaders are corrupt but some are more corrupt than the others.
During the military era, the north was collecting more from oil proceeds than any other region yet they didn’t think about the education of the northern youths. They were so myopic to think that the military would remain in power forever and as such advised their uneducated young men to enroll in the Nigerian Army and the Police force as well. How many policemen and soldiers from this region know the difference between the receipt and the invoice? This has cost the nation many innocent lives.
From all indications,the northern Nigeria is the biggest problem of the country.They hate development.They believe western education is a sin yet they use cars,phones,computers and other electronic devices.They encourage indolence and dependence.The northern leaders underdeveloped Nigeria just as the Europe underdeveloped Africa.
They complain that their revenue is smaller but let me remind them in case they have forgotten that when groundnut was a major source of revenue, they collected over 40% as allocation. In fact this crop of northern leaders are nothing but parasites.
The current set of northern leaders do not have what it takes to make the region productive.They claim to be ‘born to rule’ but have only succeeded to ruin the country the more.
The so called educated(elite) few are so callous and selfish as they have capitalized on the people’s ignorance to inflict hardship on them. I wonder why the most privileged region to have ruled the nation for over 37 years since independence has the largest number of illiterates and beggars on the streets.
Instead of coming up with ideas that will better the lives of the northerners,the leaders sit in Abuja thinking of the formula to be used in sharing oil proceeds simply for personal gains.They keep telling their followers that Jonathan is the problem of Nigeria and the illiterates believe.
It is said that no matter what you do to a child that wants to die,he must surely die.Can someone help me ask the Buharis,the IBBs,the Gowons how the Igbos that fought war for over 2years without schooling made the list of the educationally developed states in Nigeria.They are nothing but ‘parasites’ and ‘oliver twists’.God bless Nigeria!!
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