Moghalu lambastes northern elite for encouraging poverty in the North

Moghalu lambastes northern elite for encouraging poverty in the North

- Kingsley Moghalu has accused northern elite and politicians of encouraging poverty among the masses

- The former presidential candidate insisted that “the problem with the North is the North versus itself”

- Moghalu also noted that re-structuring the country along regional lines would favour the North

Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the 2019 elections, has accused northern elite and politicians of encouraging poverty among the masses for their selfish and political aggrandizement.

Moghalu made the comment while speaking during the Ra’ayi Initiative for Human Development (RIHD) annual lecture at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Conference Hall, The Nation reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy governor, who was the guest speaker at the lecture, wondered why the North still remained the “the headquarters of poverty in Nigeria” even after holding power at the centre for 42 years.

He asserted that the major cause of poverty and under-development in the region was the selfishness of the northern political class.

Moghalu insisted that “the problem with the North is the North versus itself”, and said solutions for re-positioning the North were based on resetting of the people’s mindset and worldview.

The former presidential candidate stressed the need to fight youth unemployment, drug abuse and upgrade the status of women in the region; and called on northerners to make human development their priorities.

Moghalu emphasized the need to increase the enrollment of women in schools “because if you educate a woman, you have educated a village”.

He called for a support of the Almajiri system of education with Western education.

He noted that re-structuring the country along regional lines would favour the North, adding that economic growth would be encouraged by restructuring.

Moghalu insisted that true federalism that will encourage fiscal independence of the regions is what Nigeria needs at the moment. He said the country cannot develop on “feeding-bottle federalism”.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kingsley Moghalu said he would reflect on it before taking a decision if President Muhammadu Buhari offers him a political appointment.

Moghalu, in a chat with Arise News TV in Abuja, also announced his withdrawal from partisan politics as "the elections are over".

He said he was going to dedicate his time to a citizens’ movement called To Build A Nation (TBAN), which seeks to help in the development of Nigeria’s electoral process.

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