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Are Northerners Jealous Of Lagos' Potential If Nigeria Has Stable Electricity?

I think Northerners are jealous of Lagos's potential, and, because of this, they have refused to deregulate the electricity sector. This is just my theory and is based on anecdotal evidence, so don't ask me for any link. My reasons for saying this are (1) The Govt. does not want to deregulate the electricity sector because stable electricity will advance Lagos's potential, to be a mega city that will attract international investors; (2) many foreign investors would rather invest in Lagos, i.e., Eko Atlantic City, especially if Lagos has stable electricity; (3) even if the generator-importers mafia and the diesel-sellers mafia are worried about the possibility that their business will obliterated if there is stable electricity, the Govt. can give these mafiosos shares in any private energy companies that will be formed, but the Govt. still does not consider this a viable option. My theory is that these Northerners will rather have Nigeria stay without electricity so that Lagos will not realize its true potential, all because of jealousy. Even if the Northerners are afraid of losing money if the electricity sector is deregulated, they could give themselves a monopoly (if they wanted to) over any new private energy companies that would be formed if the energy sector is deregulated and they will stand to make as much, if not more, money from this monopoly. I bet that these Northerners will rather not make the money than see Nigeria, especially Lagos, with stable electricity.

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I am quite uncomfortable about the blanket blame and name calling. The North is made up of several different ethnic groups, several different religions and several different viewpoints. You need to apply caution and civility to your use of language; 90% of those you are accusing are innocent.

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Northerners have ruled for pretty much all of Nigeria's history, save for Obasanjo's regime, during which time he had to answer to the Northern Mafia, for they handed him the presidency. He returned the presidency to them. Northern malos dominate the Congress and are unquestionably influential in Nigerian politics. They hand out all the contracts to themselves, so don't act like this is foreign to you.

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Why are these people shifting the power problem to the north . As if a northerner has been ruling since 1999 and refused to do something about power, who blew 16 billion dollars on bogus power plants. Who produced all the power ministers from 1999 till date except for imoke . The same people through their minister of Aviation closed down slok airlines , ADC , Sosoliso and left belview.

As if that was not enough the blocked every attempt to convert any eastern airport to an international airport prefering to spend 12 billion on abuja airport runway.

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Are South-westerners scared of what will happen to lagos if the Govt allows the southeastern ports to flourish? are south-westerns afraid of what will happen to their lucrative positions gotten on the basis of exclusion of the igbos from the national cake if Nigeria turns a new leaf and things are done on merit basis, these people na wao, you now want to dump your co-conspirators(the northerners)

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For me the article makes some element of sense. But I don't think the north really cares about Lagos to that extent of plotting against it.

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@ PrinceK12

That thought has crossed my mind on more than a few occassions, although you can add the whole of the South not just Lagos.

Makes you wonder, if the North had just half the industries the South has/had, won't they have done something constructive about the power situation considering the lenght of time they have been in charge?

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It's not just lagos, add Onitsha. 

Big commercial cities in the south will flourish if power is fully deregulated. Unlike

abuja, these cities do not depend heavily on oil money to sustain themselves.

This is why it is crucial for Jonathan Goodluck to move swiftly on this

before hausa/fulani becomes president again.

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Through tribalism, PHCN has been cornered as a very juicy parastatal. Corrupt officials can control the lucrative generator market by running the place down; they can resell transformers bought with govt money; enjoy maintainance contracts where absolute zich gets done, but full payment is made; they can also benefit from crude "roger" methods like the police etc, etc. Those are some of the reasons why people don't want PHCN privatised.

. . .Maybe you should change the article title and body?

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Your "theory" has no basis. Why should Northerners be jealous of Lagos, does it make sense?

This article is very annoying and should be moved to the tribalism and racism section.

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