- The debates about the possibility of Nigeria disintegrating have been ongoing for years
- The public discussions on the matter have gotten more intense in the last few years
- A former presidential aspirant under the ruling APC has given his own perspective on the debate
Ex-presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has declared that northern Nigeria is better than other regions in the country.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain went on to say the north has all it takes to secede from Nigeria and succeed.
According to him, other regions in Nigeria will suffer if the north breaks away from the country.
1. The north is the single largest supplier of raw materials in all Nigerian industries, from food through agriculture and cloths to shelter through cements and other building materials available in the northern rocks, including iron ores and ceramics.
2. The north have gold, diamond, tin, copper, gypsum, coal, magnesium, etc, and even uranium all over the area.
3. The north has River Niger, connecting all the way from Guinea mountains to, over Kebbi, Niger, Kogi, and Deltas as it approaches the ocean where it’s called the Niger-Delta. The north can still reach the ocean through Borgu to Benin republic down to the Atlantic Ocean.
4. More students from the north studied in the Benin universities than the indigenes of Benin and more northern traders travel to Cotonou than any other Nigerians, hence a trade pact will be easy for the north.
5. The north can dredge the River Niger through Benin and connect to the Atlantic Ocean or create a superhighway through the Niger Republic to Guinea down to the Atlantic Ocean, thus the north have more ways to access the ocean than all other regions in Nigeria.
6. The north controls the flow of the river Niger. If the north chose to erect a barricade for the flow of river Niger to the east, all the rivers like Imo river, Onisha river, rivers in the Delta with drinkable water and fresh fish will cease and the water flow will dry up.
7. The north have all the major forests in Nigeria, from Borgu forests to Felgore forest, to Yankari forest to Gashaka forest to Sambisa forest down, which have the longest stretch to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya through Central Africa.
8. The north has the river Benue, which flows through practically all states in northeastern Nigeria to the middle belt, flowing from Faro to Gerio to lake Doe and lake Chad, linking Cameroon and Chad to the east, Niger, and Benin to the west, one of the longest River strings in Africa.
9. Out of the 78 million hectares of cropland in Nigeria, the north have 71 million, thus all food/cash crops can be produced from the north.
10. The north have global natural allies, from the Middle East and Israel, including the United States and Britain, in addition to China and Russia.
11. The north have its source of energy, both artificial and natural through dams, coal, solar, winds, and even nuclear, including oil and gas deposits in Gongola Basin, Sokoto basin, Lake Chad Basin, Benue, Kogi, and Niger states.
12. The north have its own educational system, healthcare systems, political systems, its foreign policy with natural allies, etc.
Recall that the federal government recently called on Nigerians to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and some parts of Oyo state.
The call was contained in a statement released by the ministry of interior on Tuesday, January 26 and seen by Legit.ng.
The statement implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighborliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian author and human rights activist, Ahmed Magem has listed five steps to end the Fulani herdsmen crisis in Nigeria.