By Basil Okoh
58 killed by bandits, Boko Haram in Kaduna, Borno States.
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Ndahi Marama & Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo
“No fewer than 58 persons were killed weekend by insurgents and bandits in Kaduna and Borno states.
While 38 were killed by bandits in several villages in Giwa Loocal Government Area of Kaduna State, 20 were killed by Boko Haram at Kilanga village in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State”.
VANGUARD NEWSPAPER (Monday, December 20th 2021).
The North is bleeding, with Killings, kidnappings and rapes everywhere, night and day. On the streets, in homes and on the highways. The government is not seen to be taking any action against the spreading and mindless violence and mayhem.
The unspoken answer will be found in the fact that the territories of the North earn no present or future financial benefit to the government of Nigeria and there is therefore no gain in deploying expensive security apparatus to the region. The North is actually a big drain on government revenue and the entire territory brings no income even for its own upkeep.
Let there be oil thieves identified in the creeks of the Niger Delta and the entire armed forces, the air force, navy and land army will deploy massively to the territory. Government earns profits from the protection of the oil assets in the territory. Government tolerates no security breaches in the territories that bring money to the Federal purse: Niger Delta and Lagos.
For all Government cares, northern Nigeria can kill, kidnap and die all it wants but as long as less than 1% of federal government revenue is coming from that entire region, it is never going to waste its resources deploying troops to protect unprofitable installations and people there. Do you now understand the implication and logic of 3% versus 95%?
Because it has no presently viable means of supporting itself and has to continue feeding the sloth and profligacy of it’s elite, particularly their junketing appetite, the North would rather take the road to anarchy than accept the restructuring of Nigeria or allow the secession of its parts.
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The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to securing its sources of income and that is, the territories that bring money to the Federal purse. Fulani oligarchs are also determined to hold the south for their own investments and enrichment. The Aliko Dangote’s, Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u, (Chairman of BUA Group).
Northern Nigeria holds no prospects for income generation for the Fulani oligarchy. The North is only now an address for northern businessmen, a population base from which to negotiate the control of Nigeria.
Plutocrats are usually not creative people and do not want to be bothered with the future but by here and now. The south being the region bearing the resource, petroleum, that is immediately convertible to cash today, must be held in a tight leash and not let slip out of control of the oligarchy. The North, for all it’s size, is of very little consequence for immediate wealth generation.
The Fulani oligarchy will prefer to lose the north while holding on to the south with all its viable economic prospects. Like the British colonialists before them, the Fulani oligarchy have seen the economic benefit of yoking the laggard north to a wealthy South.
There are security personnel and monitors all over the entire south, instructed to put out the small fires of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho insurrections before they turn to raging infernos in Igboland and Yorubaland. There are no security monitors in the entire vast north because there are no major economic installations and source of income to be protected. The only source of cash income, the gold mines of Zamfara have been seized by criminal gangs led by the oligarchs themselves.
Another thing to consider, the reason for the absence of police checkpoints in the North is not because of the absence of crime. The reason is because road blocks in the north are not financially viable. And Policemen are more likely to be shot and killed on the lonely stretches of roads in the north than in the densely populated south. This is why there are more checkpoints on the roads in Bayelsa state, the smallest state in southern Nigeria than the entire 19 states in northern Nigeria.
Eighty percent of Federal Government investments in infrastructure since 1960 is in northern Nigeria. From bridges to dams, irrigation projects, education projects, health programs and regional interventions by Governments, donors and multilateral agencies, home and commercial buildings, power generation, direct agricultural investments in fertilizers and other farm inputs, farmers loans and financial interventions.
None of these capital investments has yielded any profitable results, no recovery of investments and absolutely no social impact in the region. All of these investments were undercut, sabotaged and investment money stolen by the northern elite. Funds were brazenly purloined and projects rendered useless. Ask Bill Gates what happened to his billion dollar donations for polio eradication and other programs.
Does anyone remember the harmattan wheat scam in 1988 under President Ibrahim Babangida when over N500 billion was taken from the nations treasury to be wasted on Babangida’s national scam on cultivation of harmattan wheat in Northern Nigeria?
He worked in cahoots with northern professionals and farmers who presented themselves as harmattan wheat farmers and were awarded wheat production contracts in billions of naira to produce wheat for local industry.
Eventually, after two years of cover-ups and fancy lies to the world, including the international community, it was revealed that not a “mudu” of wheat was ever produced. Over N500 billion was lost to Babangida and northern elite scammers posing as wheat farmers.
The killings and the undiminished violence in the North is a just recompense for northern elite profligacy. The irresponsibility and promotion of idiocy which finally led to the emergence of the national tragedy known as Muhammadu Buhari had gone on for so long that northerners began to promote the theory that Nigeria is Allah’s gift for northern people’s enjoyment. Outside of their peasant farmers, the idea gained popularity that northerners didn’t have to work or invest but were born to enjoy the work and resources of other Nigerians, particularly the South.
All forms of deceitful programs, policies and institutions were created to promote mediocrity and destroy competition in all areas of national life.
New Nigeria Newspaper published in 1977 that there were more University admissions from the old Bendel State than from the entire Northern states put together and immediately, violent riots were instigated in all northern universities for “justice” in University admissions. JAMB was created to “correct the imbalance” in University admissions. Today, Delta State, half of the old Bendel State, still has more University admissions than all the northern states put together. And JAMB itself has become unwieldy and lost quality and focus. And so was created another wasteful behemoth that has never added value to a critical sector of the Nigerian economy.
Northern Nigerian mediocre were promoted beyond their qualifications and competence to positions that required skill, professionalism and outstanding cerebral performances. The result, after decades of abuse and claiming regional entitlements, is the Nigeria we have now.
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