Northern Nigeria And Her Mythical Realities By Prince Charles Dickson

By Prince Charles Dickson

“When a people have suffered for too long, they will drink fairytales on fairylands with insatiable gullibility." (Hamilton Ayuk).

My admonition this week dwells with a section of Nigerian--the North and it is a do-no-favors essay, call it the truth, or falsehood, call it nonsense, be bitter or be complimentary about it, I really do not care--or better still I care enough to tell us the way I see it.

The words of Malcolm X sums up my next few paragraphs. "You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it."

The myth--Aboki is supposedly an Hausa term that is used to describe the man up North, he may be hausa, nupe, berom, fulani, shua, but largely he is ignorantly Hausa to all and poor, he is either mai-guard (gateman), mai-ruwa (water), mai shai (tea), mai-doya (yam), mai-reke (sugarcane), mai-miaa (blackmarket fuel); whatever he is, he just has to be mai-something or mai-everything. He is a symbolism today to other Nigerians of violence and false face of Islam. He is 'misunderstandingly' understood.

Then we have the Alhaji, he is everything above 'cept that he is presumed rich, and in recent times dangerous too, he could be a sponsor of Boko Haram too, but for a 'typical' southerner, there is the allure of his riches whether via politics, oil, or 'voodoo' who cares. He is there in abuja, port harcourt and lagos. He really doesn't care about his North, he is a hypocrite to the core without his knowledge.

Now to more of those mythical realities and issues, that has left a region on her knees, no other time than now has the North faced an identity crisis and fight within herself. Who are the Hausas, who are the Fulanis, and how about the Hausa- Fulanis, what really is the place of the Islam North, real, media creation and when or how really did Boko Haram begin, how about the Christians in the North?

Is the North still united as was the case, what about her oligarchy and a few leftist socialist activists that set the talakawa agenda, what happened?

What is it that needs to be understood about the alamanjiri system and institutional begging in the North?

Now wait, this is a lie but who is afraid, I challenge any Christian to explain the myth of killing in the name of religion because there are 70 virgins somewhere. And before we scream, has the North been this violent, is it really about marginalization and if indeed, who marginalized who, Abacha, Shagari or IBB, it certainly isn't  the new kid on the bloc Jonathan, that doesn't even know Zungeru or Toro?

During the week, it was Jonathan violates Nigerian laws, corners N3billion general hospital for own town, Otuoke. Can Namadi violate the law too, imagine if Northern governors violate the law to bring hospitals and good roads and schools even in their villages?

The North and the agitating Middle Belt is an emotional wreck, a perfect picture of an abused bride, that today is even afraid of a hug of reconciliation, with rehabilitation and reconstruction a far cry.

If the North decides to go away from Nigeria, will the other component part fight to keep it and would it be really 19 states, is Plateau North, when there's no love lost between the Plateau people and the North, does Taraba believe in North, Southern Kaduna, parts of Nassarawa, Benue, Kogi etc?

People still believe that up North we are all empty land mass and goats, unproductive, and leeching termites stuck on Nigeria because of the oil, if not, why the hue and cry of PIB when Zamfara's mines are gold for the asking and we could develop a self-sufficient and exportable agrarian community?

We don’t share Boko Haram’s ideologies, according to Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, but really who believes him or us. What is the arewa ideology?

Everyone is on a blame ride, the bulk stops at Jonathan's table, but as 'Northerners' have we blamed brother TY Danjuma, or alfa IBB, mallam Lamido, dr. Babangida Aliyu or rev Yuguda and Ministers, legislators, and their ilks, what examples have they set?

So much is wrong with the North--I challenge my brothers from Katsina/Jigawa/Kebbi/Zamfara etc to tell me two companies that make 30 million naira a month after salaries are paid and utilities are sorted.

Niger State Governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu who happens to be one of the gubernatorial problems in the North, laments that the economy of the North has crumbled due to insecurity unleashed on the region by Boko Haram insurgents.

He regrets the huge army of unemployed youths in the North pointing out that there was urgent need for the revival of the Northern economy and job creation. But how are we doing that, other than power must come back to the night, and our usual its a birthright mentality.

How many Ashaka/Larfarge cement companies do we have in the North, NASCO in Jos is dead, funeral rites only being delayed baring a miracle. Same for the Kaduna textiles industry.

What and where have the billions of 14years gone to in the North? Universities out of private initiative litter the South and up here what are we doing, arguing who has suffered more casualties between Christians/Muslims.

Okay it has to be poverty, that's one ideological school of thought for the bloodbath and mayhem, even Obama thinks so, I agree only to the extent that really ... “countries are not delivering for their people and there are sources of conflict and underlining frustrations that have not been adequately dealt with”. In this case, the North has failed herself.

The North has equally failed...“to give her people opportunity, education and resolve conflicts through regular democratic processes,”.

... “in terms of human capital and young people, I think the greatest investment any country can make, not just an African country, is educating its youth and providing them with the skill to compete in a highly technological, advanced world economy”. Nigeria has failed in this regard and the North has woefully crashed in same vein.

The North will rise again, how, if I may ask, by threatening a lame duck presidency that includes her son as veepee or by sharia-lizing, 2015: Northern govs set to dump Jonathan, how foolish can we be, who told us that we are the majority anymore?

The South-west despite Tinubu's crookedness is chasing a semblance of regional integration, the South East and South-South are not left out. States have even gone ahead to show/use their emblem/insignia and are creating identities. We are still seen as Fulani herdsmen asking for reserves on other peoples' lands and seeking nomadic education because we can't do regular school.

We need to bash ourselves, the North, arewa needs to stop lying to itself and her people, there are current realities, where do we fit into it?

I will end this admonition in the words of one of the problem sons of the North, Bro. TY Danjuma, "We need to think more, pray more, plan more, work harder, RELATE BETTER, and talk less. Battles are better fought and won through wisdom and strategy than through inflammable pronouncements and political tantrums." This is to the North but it does apply to Nigeria, the current hate quotient is high--for how long, only time will tell.
 
 

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Berom are Hausa?

Your knowledge of history of the Berom people is shallow and lack substance. Please, I find time to ask an indigenous Plateau person if he or she is raced up as Hausa. Next time when you write, do consult your secondary school history teacher.

Jan Hazo, I don't know what

Jan Hazo, I don't know what you are talking about, but watch your mouth. Your preaching is unIslamic, blasphemous and seditious. How can you say that poverty in the North is not from Allah? Who created wealth, you or Allah? Allah gives wealth to whom He wants. Ango de Allah. People like you are dangerous to true Muslims. You are to them as good as a deceiving imam. You can lead them to hell. This is why Imam Shekau and his people want their Islamic Republic where apostates and blasphemers wouldn't pollute the mind of the faithful. Again, Na ce Mungo de Allah, saboda Utangirma Allah.

sultan is playing d same old blame game-4 buhari

Remain Blessed for this great article! Its long over due-from banks to newspaper houses as well as textile factories all dead-there's is is how to take over aso rock-Or sow the seed of discord in 9ja via the NGF-kill abiola-hang ken saro wiwa-deny late Gani the chance to rule us-then claim only them have been ordained to rule 9ja-OBJ spent a better part of his 8yrs rule acting as a puppet of the fulani North-crisis blew into d open soon after he said he was going in for a second term-that was why Buhari was drafted from retirement into the race-with the likes of danjuma giving out one of his apartments to Buhari to use as his office-its was the same danjuma who forced Zik out of retirement to enable him have Shagari defeat Awo-None has so far taken the pains to reduce poverty in the fulani north-nomadic education was sold to d fulani north-as part of an amnesty scheme after the maitasine riot-now read what the sultan is saying-

were the killings bewlow as a result of bad government also?

Bad governance, cause of insecurity - Sultan The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that bad governance was the cause of insecurity in the country, insisting that if those in power were doing the right thing, Nigeria would have been in peace. He spoke at a national conference organised by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) in Kaduna on Sunday. “Bad governance is the cause of insecurity in Nigeria. If those in power are doing what is expected of them, we wouldn’t have this problem. More people, particularly scholars have spoken against the insurgents. Most of them delivered papers at different fora, condemning them long before now that what they are doing is anti-Islam. So, what else do you want the Ulamas to do? Ulamas don’t control government, traditional rulers don’t control government. Sad some sultans ati emirs talk b4 they think! Sultan plying the usual Fulani politics of old-with lives in Plateau at borno

great article-dis killings in d fulani north cause of poverty 2?

1991 April In Katsina, several lives are lost. Sh?ite sect in Katsina led by Malam Yahaya Yakubu stirs up trouble. At the end of April, in Tafawa Balewa (Bauchi State) over 200 lives are lost, and property and 20 churches are destroyed.* 1991 October 14- 15 . In Kano, the attempt of the Izala sect to stop Rev. Bonnke from preaching becomes violent Thousands of lives are lost and property destroyed. *1992 February 6th and then May 15-16 Zango Kataf, Zaria, Kaduna State Communal clash becomes a religious clash, with lives and property destroyed Funtua (Katsina State). Kalakato religious sect assaults a village head. 50 lives are lost and property destroyed .*2001 October 12-14 In Kano, there are anti-American riots, because of USA intervention in Afghanistan. At least 350 are killed. My question is were these killings that took place in the FULANI North b4 the coming of PDP also because of poverty? NORTHERN ELITES ACT LIKE SPOILED KIDS-

great article-dis killings in d fulani north cause of poverty 2?

1991 April In Katsina, several lives are lost. Sh?ite sect in Katsina led by Malam Yahaya Yakubu stirs up trouble. At the end of April, in Tafawa Balewa (Bauchi State) over 200 lives are lost, and property and 20 churches are destroyed.* 1991 October 14- 15 . In Kano, the attempt of the Izala sect to stop Rev. Bonnke from preaching becomes violent Thousands of lives are lost and property destroyed. *1992 February 6th and then May 15-16 Zango Kataf, Zaria, Kaduna State Communal clash becomes a religious clash, with lives and property destroyed Funtua (Katsina State). Kalakato religious sect assaults a village head. 50 lives are lost and property destroyed .*2001 October 12-14 In Kano, there are anti-American riots, because of USA intervention in Afghanistan. At least 350 are killed. My question is were these killings that took place in the North b4 the coming of PDP also because of poverty?

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The North Facts or Myth?

1. The North is a geographical reality but beyond that it is a myth, it was never unified as many belived. It was just that there was a confluence of interests among the elites and a unified facade was erecctrd.
2. There is this vicious policy of "fatalism" promoting the idea that destiny is responsible for the massive poverty, illeteracy and ppor common goods services. Thus elections were and are shamelessly rigged and the Divine gets the credit/blame depending on the side you are.
The North is a burden on itself with an uneducated, inskilled and hopelessly dejected poor that are somehow decieved into accepting their poor lives a a divine ordinaance whereas it is a failed governance nothing else.

Truism

This article is one of the truest I have read for a very long time, the truth be told, the writer just spoke the naked truth. The North needs to wake up from their slumber, we cannot wait for them any longer, we have to move on leaving them behind.

Blame the northern Elites and fake islam

The problem of the north is the same problem in every islamic setting, take Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bahrain, Yemen, Sudan, Mail and you will find one kind of problem or the other but all the same reason. Islam has been remodel to reflect hate and oppression of the weak by the few strong. A promise of betterment after death. Blindly they follow without asking question for the masters knows better and the master is a bigot of race, class and honour but they still control the heart and mind of the majority fools who follow them.

Prince Charles Dickson, I

Prince Charles Dickson, I don't know where you are coming from, but we all know that Aboki man has dragged us back & done incalculable damage to Igbo people. The abokis are fat & happy the way they are but we know we could have done better if left alone. It is not too late to split now. Don't you see that Sudan & South Sudan are better off now than in parasitic union with the North? I understand the concern for loss of oil for the North & SW, but we in Biafra & SS should not perish to keep the North & SW alive. There are plenty of educated people in the SW who can save you all. Look at Israel & Switzerland, they have nothing but their brains. Are they not the envy of the world? Except terrorism all the problems in the North are also here in the South. As the devil may have it, some day terrorism might spread to the South. It is regrettable that these problems originated from the Islamic North.