Posted on Sun 7 Jul 2019, 12:48 PM

Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, says Nigeria is made up of two countries. If that is all, may be it wouldn't have been news but he went ahead to add "the developing South and a backward, less educated and unhealthy North."

Governor El-Rufai has been speculated to have spare-headed a 'northern supremacy' agenda in the current political dispensation.

He was speaking at the Northern Youth Summit which held in Kaduna on Saturday.

”Northern Nigeria still feeds the nation. The richest businessman in Nigeria is still Aliko Dangote, not someone from Southern Nigeria, thank God for that.

”You hardly can find someone from northern Nigeria convicted of 419 or being a Yahoo boy. That is something we should be proud of.

”In addition, our demographic superiority gives us a very powerful tool to negotiate in politics. And that is something we should be proud of and we should preserve. So, we have every reason to unite and not be divided," El-Rufai said.

The governor swiftly admitted that despite all he pointed out as the advantage the north has over the south, Northern Nigeria is still compared to war-turn Afghanistan in development.

”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 Afghanistan, 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 a high divorce rate and breakdown of families. This is the naked truth that we have to tell ourselves."

Most readers will need some time to reconcile this two views. On one hand, the north feeds the entire country, home to Africa's richest man and has the lowest record of crime, but it is still backward and underdeveloped with the highest number of poor people in Nigeria. 

The question now is why?  So much poverty in the mist of so much wealth, why?

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