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Why Should The North Dominate This Country?

why does the north have a major say in ruling the country? i recall in 2005 when the last presidential elections were still warming up. That was during objs administration then and some northeners were saying ; in 2007 power MUST return to the north. what actually gave them the back up to use the word MUST? and eventually their wish came to pass. why has the south east and west been unable to witter the norths influence? is the population of the north higher than both the south-east and south-west? or is it because the occupy a greater land mass or what? I think the north can prevent the southerners from ruling for 20 years. but can the south prevent the north from ruling for just 4 years?

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Why should the south dominate either. Nl bigots.the norh is not an ethnic group.

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The North is just a useless entity that needs to sit back and tend to cattle, chickens, etc.

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The statement below only tries to let you know how your politicians have been playing the game and why the results have always remained the same.

For the leaders of Southern Nigeria and, in particular, the two dominant tribes, the Igbo and Yoruba, it represented an opportunity once more to make a move for the presidency, and shift power (whatever that means) away from the North which has come to be portrayed as the source of all the problems of the nation. The desire to win over power is the natural goal of political activists. The use of propaganda, blackmail, lies, bribery, deception, even threats of secession has been the hallmark of many an astute political strategy aimed at attaining set goals. Yet the choice of which method is appropriate to a specific polity in a specific historical context is a difficult one, requiring a high sense of perception, a knowledge of history, a natural intelligence and political sophistication. In choosing the path of black-mail and ethnocentric diatribe, the leaders of the South have once more displayed to the world their political naivete, and set the stage for another defeat that may see them remaining in opposition for the next four years.

One marvels at the never-ending cycle which sees Southern Politicians play into the hands of their northern counterparts.

This guy drives home the desire of an average Nigerian and a true Nigerian. If you have a ‘different opinion’, then you must belong to that group of those who have kept us where we are today.

A democratic system is primarily about Institutions and the rule of law. It is not about individuals. We need a system, based on laws and a constitution agreed upon by all, that guarantees each and every Nigerian wherever he is from the right to full political participation and unfettered expression. A system that protects each and every one of us from the tyranny of an individual. A system in which our dignity and liberty are not protected only when the president comes from our own part of the country.

How I wish a lot of Nigerians particularly Nlanders will see every issue from this perspective. Then, what a wonderful forum would we have and infact it might evolve to a proper ‘paliament’.

Abacha was a corrupt, ruthless dictator – period. Where he was from is immaterial. All Nigerians, Northerners and Southerners, Muslim and Christians, suffered from the corruption and injustices of his regime with the exception of a small band of family members, sycophants and traitors who joined him in looting the coffers of our nation. Those who stood against his tyranny and spoke out for freedom and equity suffered: among them Obasanjo, Yar Adua, Abiola, Rimi, Ige, Lamido, Nwakwo and Ken Sarowiwa. A cursory look at the list of those detained, framed, murdered, lied against, pauperized and otherwise abused in the last five years will prove to honest persons that Abacha was no respecter of region or religion and that he represented the least form of humanity degenerating dangerously close to bestiality, which is why, like Pharaoh, he is remembered today for his evil rather than his good, for no good of his can obviate the memory, etched in the individual and collective consciousness of Nigerians, of what it is like to live in an environment of terror, not knowing who next will be struck with impunity.

This unfortunately is what is happening again. i imagine what will happen after a maximum 8 years rule of jonathan. Will power then go back to the north? A people with no direction can only keep taking the same path that leads to nowhere

In pretending that these are not the issues, in teaching their followers to oppose Abacha not for his corruption, greed and cruelty but for his ethnic origins, in portraying the annulment of the June, 1993 election as an act against the Yoruba, in pretending that Abiola’s death in prison was in some way different from ‘Yar Adua’s death in prison, in claiming that the solution to this country’s predicament lies in changing the ethnicity of the president and producing a “Southern” President: in all this, the political leaders of the South have displayed the highest degree of naivete, the lowest sense of responsibility and the crudest application of their intellectual faculties. Worse than all this, they have played straight into the hands of their political rivals, the Northern Politicians.

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Honestly, I think the problems affecting naija is larger than North and South(regionalism) and tribalism issues. Our major problems are corruption, lack of accountability and lawlessness; the sooner we the younger generation realises this, the better for us all. Eight yrs of Obasanjo leadership has he improved the living condition of yorubas or southwest? Or Donkey yrs of Northern leadership in naija history has that improved the living condition of an average northerner? Pls, I need an honest answer.

I also wish GEJ rule for 8yrs and an Igboman to rule for another 8 yrs and lets see whether the living condition of their people will improve under this corrupt and lawlessness set up.

Whoever becomes the president to me is not important as long as the person will address our major problems and there is no better time to turn things around than in 2011. Enough of this regional and tribal issue, it 'll lead us to no where.

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You better leave TRIBALISM & post something nice, where are you from? Our POLITICAL CULTURE entails Power Shift, lol.

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This Sanusi of a man still has deep tribal blood running in him. He blames the Igbos for the first military coup but fails to blame Hausas for counter coups that later followed and destroyed Nigeria.  Did he also forget that some Igbo officers foiled the first coup attempt? If others blame the north for some of our socio economic problems, he should rebut  them with facts not innuendos. he should tell us why folks in the north  are disproportionately poorer than southerners or why northerners are less likely to go school than southerners. This is another northern elite who is a beneficiary of the northern hegemony. Does anyone know his family background or ties. I bet he didn't get here just by himself or true hard work

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let put it this way, if yar adua tell the world the real figure of population of nigeria. I can assure you that in 48 hrs, some northerner would have killed him. that one of the reason. it is call honour killing. That how bad it is. This is the reason they need to pass the Nigeria-benin commission. If you doubt me. Look at out history. and you know why. even they may make his wife shoot him or his bodyguard. It is that bad.

you have to live in the north to know why.

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For me Soludo's speech below gets to the heart of the matter, when will the northern masses revolt against feudalism?

Kaduna-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has said that the "high and persisting level of poverty in the country is a northern phenomenon."

Soludo who spoke weekend at the Arewa Inspirational Leadership Forum, organized by the Northern development Initiative [NDI] in Kaduna argued that the poverty gap between the south and the north seems to be widening adding that it is not only in the Niger Delta region that poverty is prevalent.

Soludo however blamed the problem on the northern elite who he said were not doing much to improve their environment.

According to him, for Nigeria to become a world leader in 2020, every part of the country must be developed simultaneously in accordance with the resources accruing to such area.

He spoke as one of the leaders of the Niger Delta, Chief Edwin Clark, blamed the crisis in the area on lack of political will to develop the oil producing areas, by successive administrations.

However, Professor Soludo said that there is no state in the north with less than 60 per cent poverty level even as the north-west geopolitical zone has some states with 90 per cent poverty level.

According to him, both the north-central and the north-east geo-political zones are better than the north-west in terms of poverty level.

Educationally, he said that the north was seriously lagging behind the south as students who seek admission from Imo state in one year for example, are higher in number than 16 states in the north put together.

The CBN boss noted that about 100, 000 students sought admission to universities through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board [JAMB] while 16 states in the north excluding Benue, Kogi and Kwara, had about 73, 000 candidates even as Kano state, with a very high population, had less than 10 per cent of candidates from Imo.

His words, "there is probably no better time for us to declare, if you like, I don't want to call it an emergency, but to say that we really need to focus attention on the northern economy.

"I say this because if you look at the entire country, by the last census, if you put the entire north together, it constitutes over 50 per cent or thereabout, a higher percentage of people because development is about people.

"But if you look at all the indications of development, what constitutes today the North seems to be lagging far behind that the gaps seem to have even widened.

"And therefore, I must say that this is the time for us all to think together that while we are planning for the national economy and working to reduce poverty and to make sure that Nigeria becomes one of the fastest growing and one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year 2020, we must also pay attention to one major thing and that is that we must not leave a significant proportion of the population behind.

"Poverty is unacceptable in Nigeria but high and persisting level of poverty in Nigeria happens to be essentially a northern phenomenon.

"In the north there is no state with poverty level less than 60 per cent. The lowest is in the urban cities and it ranges from the upper 60 to 95 per cent in a state in the north.

"And, if you put them by geo-political zones, poverty is lowest in the north central but the north east and north west have 70 per cent on the average and there are several states with over 80 per cent poverty incidence and even there is one with about 95 per cent.

"I have also listened to the presentation on the Niger Delta which is a major national challenge but permit me to argue that crippling poverty in the north is as much a national crisis as that of the Niger Delta.

"You will realize that I have not talked about banking sector but just one last word on that. I will not talk about the universal, national or global bank. "Within this hall, I can see some members of the elite from the north and I throw this as a challenge.

"The poverty in your respective villages, what have you done about it? How many micro-finance banks have you set up in your states? Don't say it's N25billion, it's just N20million.

"With N20million, you set up one microfinance bank and this can empower hundreds of people within your community. What I do say to people when they approach me and talk about banks, I ask the person, first do you have a microfinance bank in your village? N20million is all it takes. You mobilize other people around, not only one person. But if you want to set it up alone, you can.

"I know there are people who can bring say N1billion and set up microfinance banks with branches throughout the state. This is now allowed. "It is this kind of thing by the elite you find, for example in the south east. It is the elite that set them up such that you find in one state about 79 such microfinance banks.

"But if you put together about 12 to 15 states in the north, they are not up to a number that you find in one state in the south.

"There is something that is in that for you the elite. We must take the issue of poverty reduction very seriously. Government can only do little but the bulk of it remains with the rest of us, the elite."

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Anybody who knows Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, should let him know that he is a f-cking bastard! May his soul rot in hell for blaming Igbos for the failed genocidal attempts of the Nigerian state on the peace-loving Igbo people from 1966 to 1970.

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na wa o, with all the PhDs we hoard, Havard trained mahu mahu, IMF, World Bankers, Scientists blah blah blah we are still in here whining

its about time we stop playing victim and accussing others

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@ Poster and all NL

the Question should not be answered by Nigerians and Non of us (Nigerians) have answers to it.

the Question should be directed to our Colonial Masters, The Great Bratain.

the Hausa dominance didn't start now it started from the colonial days.

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This is an article, not a speech. . . . I expect that given more 'thinking time', he should be able to compose his article well enough not to reveal his deep seated prejudices, such as talking nonsense about Igbo traders taunting Hausas at Sabon-Gari etc. . . . he even despicaply and fallaciously claimed that the Igbos were the first to carry out ethnic cleansing in this country (in reference to the Nzeogwu coup). . . . firstly, it is jaundiced to attribute the actions of a few officers to a whole tribe. . . .secondly, he must have forgotten that there were progroms in the North in the 1940's, pre-Independence.

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Cos they are

1. Collected

2. Dedicated to themselves

3. United.

4. DOnt make too much noise unlike Yoruba and the Easterners.

5. They are good at playing games.

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as long as im concern, they are not contributing anything meaningful to these nation, apart from "cow and onions", how much can that generate to the federal account?

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and YET the banking sector is almost 99% sustained by the south, the stock exchange is southern, all the import and export activities that grow the economy, oil that makes up 95% of govt revenue is from the south.

Why are northerners in charge of the economy then? what do they contribute?

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I am tired of these sick allegations that northerners are inherently the major problem with Nigeria. I say that Nigeria suffers from Bad Leaders period. Looking at other countries, South Africa, in particular. Nigeria still has plenty of chances to get its act together. I honestly do not care about power generation, not to say that it isn't important, but if Yar'dua wants a lasting legacy, just invest in the educational section. Fix up schools, get kids regular supplies and make school free and universal. 1. it gets kids off the streets;2. it creates employment opportunities, 3. you are investing in the huge human capital across Nigeria. Second, the Niger Delta is not lost, rather than sending guns into the region and military thugs, send CAT diggers and construction vehicle, Help them sue the oil companies for reparation--this has a two-fold effect:1. you weaken the grip of these oil companies on the nation;2. The oil companies would be the ones paying to clean and rebuild the delta. Investing in the downstream sector of the oil industry is a must, no longer can Nigeria sit back and collect 'rent' It is high time that the oil companies were nationalized. Saudi Arabia did it with huge booms to its economy, as did Venezuela, why not Nigeria? The power problem is no problem at all, a few billion dollars in tax breaks and subsidies can spurn a homegrown light industry in solar manufacturing, An industry that can light up Nigeria in 10 years or less without the construction of huge traditional power plants. Imagine me, a simple internet bum with all these visionary ideas, and now imagine an actual leader that was fairly elected rather than selected, would not their vision and ambition surpass mine? If you want to know that is wrong with Nigeria look no further than the military, it is these asses that have ruled Nigeria and a still ruling it till today.

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By now, we should have by now accept it as our fate in this country that they (northerners) are '' born to rule". The south has done little to avert this trend, so it has stuck! Sadly though, we have to live with it.

The one that hurts me most is,

Accountant General of the Federation - Ibrahim Dankwambo

Minister of Finance - Mansur Mukthar

And of late CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi

These key positions are all held by northerners!

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Hausa/Fulani majority in the North are the most United ethnic group in Nigeria and quite possibly in Africa

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Answer to your questions

OBJ

and other similar idioits like him.

They have never have vision of good leadership.

You see, the question of whether North, South, West or East rule the country would not have being important had there being good governance.

Indeed the 'entitlement mindset' of the North is only becomes necessary because the only industry that the North has is the federal goverment and state allocations and budget sharing.

The North seems politically savvy but very unintelligent same as OBJ.

I say that word with respect, assuming someone from the North  rule this country very well, believe me, no ones will necessary bother about whether someone from the North is the President. The close the North have to that is Murtala Mohammed. Death did not allow us to have a good assesement of what kind of a leader he is.

Good leaders are welcome from the North and every part of the country, they can rule for 1000 years I will care be less .

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