Laments that Yoruba is taking over political control from northerners
By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—GOVERNOR Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State, said Tuesday night in Kaduna that the north was ‘’losing political and economic power to the South West due to the high level of literacy of the Yoruba, and suggested the splitting of the Northern Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NNGF, in line with the three geopolitical zones in the area.
Yero spoke while fielding questions from some members of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, shortly after an interactive in Kaduna Tuesday night.
Yero also lamented that wealthy northerners had refused to invest in the north, so that the people would not know about their walth, thus leaving the north without investments and as such rendering it economically barren to the detriment of future generations.
His words, “We must tell ourselves the truth, myself, the Yobe State governor and another governor had in the last northern governors meeting held in Kaduna came up with this idea that the meeting should be split into North West, North East and North Central (governors fora).
“This is because these three areas have different peculiarities. The peculiarity in the North West is different from the peculiarity in the North East, so also as the peculiarity in the North Central is different from the other two zones.
“The split of NNGF would bring effective control and management of the entire northern regions; where all the three zones would pool resources together and direct them to centre…
“The governors in the South East and South West have such meetings, and they are progressing because they have common peculiarities in their respective zones
“We, northerners have completely destroyed ourselves; we have missed the road to investment, and South West, having been in control of education over the years… is gradually taking over the political power that the north used to control.
“This is because the people of south west are highly educated, but in the north, our boys are roaming the streets, smoking Indian hemp and taking drugs without minding to go to school. But our girls are better, and I keep on saying that one day in the north, the female ones will go to the office, the male ones will go to the kitchen. This is the situation we have found ourselves in the north.
“Our elders continue to talk of the legacies of the late Sarduana, Sir Ahmadu Bello without contributing to the improvement on the legacies the Sardauna left behind many years ago. None of them want to invest in the north because they don’t want people to know that they have money.
“Many of the Sardauna’s legacies had gone comatose. Look at New Nigerian Newspaper; northern governors do not want to invest in it because it is not situated in their states.’’