By Southern League Of Professionals
Did you know that southern Nigerians living in Kano were killed by northerners for struggling for independence? It happened in 1953. They were attacked and killed by northerners opposed to independence after Anthony Enahoro called for independence in the Parliament in Lagos.
Did you know that Africa’s first genocide was perpetrated by Northerners in Nigeria? This genocide preceded that of Rwanda and was the first time in Africa a government, military, police, political, traditional institutions and civilians combined undertook the massacre of another ethnic group. This infamy happened between 1966 and 1967 in northern Nigeria/ continued through the war and put the nation on the global genocide list.
Did you know that regional police was scrapped because the northern government used the Native authorities regional police corruptly to intimidate/repress political opponents and rig elections?
Subsequently, there were strident calls for regional police to be scrapped. It was eventually scrapped by Aguiyi/Gowon.
Did you know that the first election rigging in Nigeria was organised by the Northern Peoples Congress? In 1960 due to lack of support by the TIV’s the NPC rigged elections in TIV division leading to the TIV riots.
Did you know that the Northern Peoples Congress rigged the 1962 census results leading to a national crisis?
Did you know that in 1964 the Northern Peoples Congress; Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa used federal power to massively rig elections in the Western region. This massive rigging led to riots (wetie) that led to scores dying dead on a daily basis. Rather than cancel the elections and organise fresh ones, the Northern leader’s allowed the riots and killings to continue for two years leading to the unfortunate military intervention in 1966.
Did you know that Nigeria was named the most corrupt country in the world under the leadership of Generals Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalam Abubakar?
Did you know that Alhaji Umaru Dikko was the most corrupt/biggest single looter in the 2nd republic? He pioneered looting in billions and was reported to have stolen N2 billion as of 1983 at a time the Naira exchanged higher than the dollar.
Umaru Dikko’s loot in today’s exchange rate would be the equivalent of a trillion Naira.
Did you know that all Nigeria’s institutions collapsed under the Northern rule? Refineries, Nigeria Airways, Railway lines, steel plants, Universities, hospitals, NEPA, NIPOST etc all collapsed during Babangida, Abacha, Abubakar regimes due to massive corruption.
Did you know that ethnic violence has been ongoing in the north since 1945? The first recorded riot in the north against other ethnic groups was in 1945. These killings have continued till today.
Northern Nigeria is the only place in Africa where fellow citizens are routinely killed. It’s no surprise that the North now harbours Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen both of which have been classified the 1st and 4th deadliest terrorist groups in the world by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
Did you know that from hitherto killing of Christians in the core north, Fulani herdsmen now attack and kill Nigerians/Christians in their home states without consequence because the Northern led federal government is protecting them? Such killings have taken place in Benue, Enugu, Kogi, Delta etc.
Did you know that Northen leaders support Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists? They have never for once criticised, condemned or called for the arrest/prosecution of Boko Haram or Fulani terrorists.
Did you know that the North harbours the poorest and most destitute illiterate population in the world? This was recently confirmed by Emir Sanusi.
Despite controlling power, since independence, the north has the world’s poorest/destitute/illiterate population due to harbouring Nigeria’s most corrupt elite.
Did you know that despite the claimed bogus population, the north has never produced any literary giant/ academician of note? While the Yorubas have produced Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi etc the Ibos Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie etc the core north cannot boast of a single literary/academic figure.
Did you know that for entrance into unity schools the South has the highest cut-off point while the North has the lowest? For example, a man from Delta, Ogun or Anambra state who scores 170/200 might not be admitted while a man from Zamfara who scores 9/200 will be admitted. This mediocrity/apartheid continues till today.
Did you know that Moshood Abiola won the freest and fairest election in 1993 but the election was cancelled and he was killed because the north didn’t want a Yoruba to come to power?
Did you know that next door in Ghana a single ethnic group the Akan/Ashanti make up 50 percent of the country’s population but they have not claimed to be “born to rule” nor do they oppress other ethnic groups but in Nigeria where Hausa plus Fulani make up less than 30 percent of the population they arrogantly claim to be “born to rule” accordingly oppressing other ethnic groups/ refusing to enthrone justice and equality.
Did you know that when as a Southerner you move to the core north you are segregated into ” Sabon Gari” (strangers quarters) and when northerners move down south they segregate themselves into “Hausa quarters” because they don’t believe in Nigeria and don’t want to mix/integrate with other Nigerians?
Did you know that in creative industries ie Nollywood, music, comedies, sports and other entertainment the core north is nowhere to be found?
Did you know that in 2000 the core north went against Nigeria’s constitution and declared Sharia in 12 northern states thereby technically rebelling and separating themselves from the rest of Nigeria? Ensuing Sharia riots took more than 20,000 lives.
Did you know that the core north has been alone in opposing every progressive attempt to restructure and move the country forward preferring instead to maintain the parasitic, unworkable, unjust and corrupt status quo?
The core north/Hausa-Fulani are Nigeria’s greatest fault line/problem. They are corrupt, unprogressive, unjust, domineering and murderous with no regard for human life.
Except a definitive decision is taken by the rest of the country willing to restructure to separate from them, Nigeria will never know peace or progress.
Signed Dr I. Attoh