El-Rufai Declares The North The Headquarters of Drug Abuse, Terrorism, Illiteracy, Banditry, Kidnapping

By Post-Nigeria: July 7, 2019 07:10

El-Rufai Declares The North The Headquarters of Drug Abuse, Terrorism, Illiteracy, Banditry, Kidnapping

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has unwittingly accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of sitting aloof, while Northern Nigeria is torn into a war zone, bedridden, and devastated.

El-Rufai who made this known during the Northern Youth Summit, organised by the Northern Hibiscus Initiative, in Kaduna,  on Saturday, July 6, described the Northern region as backward, uneducated, and unhealthy, while comparing its economic and security situations to that of Afghanistan.    

He said: “Looking at the statistics, Nigeria appears to be a middle income country, but if we segregate those statistics across States and zones, you will see that in terms human development indicators, Nigeria consists of two countries; there is a backward, less educated, and unhealthy Northern Nigeria, and a developing, largely educated, and healthy Southern Nigeria.

“The theme of the Summit: ‘Awakening the Arewa Spirit’ is very timely. When we talk about awakening the spirit, it means the spirit is either sleeping or dead.

“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.

“Nigeria has 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 high divorce rate and breakdown of families.

“These are the challenges that confront us. This is the naked truth that we have to tell ourselves.

“We must therefore, as Leaders at all levels have conversation about the way forward for our part of the country.

“Because increasingly, as many of you must have seen on social media, we are being considered as the parasite of the federal economy, even though, that is not entirely true.

“This is because, Northern Nigeria still feeds the nation. The richest business man in Nigeria is still Aliko Dangote, not someone from Southern Nigeria, thank God for that.”

He however, noted that in spite of the negative statistics, Northerners are generally considered to be more honest and less corrupt than other Nigerians.

“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.

“So, we still have a lot to be proud of. We should be proud of our culture and tradition, as well as unity.

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

El-Rufai stated that the youths account for 80 percent of the Northern population, as such, the future of the region lies in their hands, “not in the hands of Dinosaurs like me”.