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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Opinion: North the Poorest Globally, and will be the Worst Hit should Nigeria break Up!

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, is undoubtedly a man both in the know and of heady accomplishments.

Let me quickly do this even if it might sound repetitive of his colourful profile as is in public domain.

Before his ascension to the throne of Kano Emirate, he was a career banker of no mean repute which he capped off as the governor of the apex bank in Nigeria.  

He is alert and articulate too and always prepared to bare his mind on issues in national development in a manner that is sure to excite and gets us all talking.

So, as a public policy formulator and analyst he has scarcely failed us.

And that I strongly believe is not about to change anytime soon even as he takes on additional role of an opinion leader by the virtue of his new traditional office.

Of course, he has consistently been vocal over societal problems bedevilling the north especially since assumption of office.

Not long ago, he called attention to the fact that north has the most shambolic education system in the country.

In keeping up with that high tradition, the latest assertion from his ever busy intellectual cum analytic mill is that “northern Nigeria is the poorest globally; and that if Nigeria should break up it would be the worst hit”.

Another proof you might say of his ability to engage us with some good stuff time and again; and a good addition too to his cache of frank thoughts on Nigeria though it is tendentious to the north yet again which is understandable.

All these I believe are meant to be a call to action from the northern elites.

After all, charity they say begins at home!

But in my candid view, in a way this recent summations concerning the socio-political and economic present and destiny of the core north are largely pessimistic and dismissive of her potential for greatness.

Yes there are plenty of grounds for concerns in the developmental evolution of the north in comparison to other regions in the country.

But does that warrant this alarming outburst?

While it’s an issue that might get quite a number of public affairs analysts thinking and talking, I nevertheless do not think it is rich enough in newsy substance that should make us lose our sleep.

It is clearly a chase after the shadow and hasty too if you ask me.

To start with, is he telling us what we do not already know?

The answer will be a categorical ‘NO’ both beneath and on the surface of it.

While Emir Lamido is understandably speaking from the economic standpoint the summations yet is clearly laden with inexhaustible layers of perspectives begging to be explored.  

I live in the Nigeria space and I am more than conversant with both the stated and unstated factors indexed which may have led to his arguable position.

Basically, I think the statements merely beg undeserved sympathy and excuses for the north and at the same time portraying the other regions as a privilege few that must be continuously blamed or milked if you like to pay for the pervasive irresponsibility, bigotry, ineptitude, rigidity and mediocrity of the north.

Already we all know what it takes to be great or successful as an individual or nation:

Manage your scarce resources, save and increase your store of Wealth over time. Chikena!

This is in addition to the fact that poverty and richness are both relative terms.

Among others, we have material poverty which is an offshoot of lack of economic opportunity; artistic poverty which is due in part to the individual inability to use or excite their natural creative endowments. 

The worst form of poverty, however, is poverty of the mind.

It is the deliberate or circumstantial inability of a people to develop the intellectual wherewithal necessary for productive engagements with the resources of nature and humans as it were.

Similarly, richness or being rich is the possession of certain values in significant quantity. So, we speak of moral, spiritual, monetary riches to mention a few.

It is a fact of life that nobody or nation is totally poor or rich.

In the unquestionable wisdom of God, creation it must be understood is based on the principle of compensation.

While an individual or country may have advantage in one area; it would nevertheless be disadvantage in one or more areas.

So, nations work more on their areas of comparative advantage.

It is then a foregone conclusion that nobody has it all.

Same applies to the north like the rest of the country.

Therefore the north cannot be the poorest in the world in view of her vast natural and human resources.

The much talked about poverty that is said to be rampant in that section of the country is a creation of both individual and collective choices.

The choices that overtime include illiteracy, ignorance, disease, religious bigotry, prevalence of rent seeking class, carpet-baggers, selfish political class that is more concern with their own welfare over and above that of the people.

As for whether the north would be the worst hit in case, 
God forbids, of Nigeria's dismemberment; though an eventuality
 some people make no secret of.

It is neither here nor there.

The only thing I know that will make any nation of people whether north or south suffer in the event of a worst case scenario as disintegration conjured up by analyst Lamido is the refusal from now on to embrace attitudes, principles, and work ethics that are catalysts for unhindered growth and development.

 But if that is to occur, I personally do not buy into the alarming sentiments as echoed by Emir Lamido which presuppose that northerners are parasites who will die off ultimately without its Nigerian host.

The summations therefore are a clear indictment of the failure of northern leaders past and present who 
all along have paid lip service to important issues of north's development as against their own personal well beings.

Instead, they have consciously fed the contributory trolls of underdevelopment that have now grown monstrously out of control down the years.

They equally have done not just the north but Nigeria as whole a world of great disservice.

Today, colonies of beggars now exist everywhere in the country which comprises of mainly elements from the north.  

The problem of almanjeris is legendary.

At the root of it all is the problem of ignorance which is not abating yet because it readily plays into the hands of greedy and manipulative northern elites ever desperate to perpetuate itself in position of authority because of power, prestige and pecks that come with it.

No wonder they are always up in opposition to the mere mention of Nigeria falling apart even peacefully.

They would prefer to remain as parasites in a faulty federation where unitary system is passed off as a federal system because of their selfish interests.

While in any case I do not see the country falling apart any time soon which will bring to pass the Emir's worst fears.

I, however, hope and pray the north will do itself a favour by urgently moving to uproot all underdevelopment 
Indicators and tendencies which include but not limited to ignorance, religious bigotry and beggary culture.

Otherwise, true to the Emir's fears we might just wake up one morning only to discover the country
is no longer there..

And by then it would be to thy tent o Israel!

But everything being equal I sincerely believe the north can hold its own even in the event of the much dreaded breakup of the Nigeria on the condition that things are done right henceforth.

One last thing, forget what you see as abject poverty or privation out there, the people of the north with their vast farmable land and work rate are a bunch of wonderful souls who are yet to fully grasp the measure of their greatness hence they are disposed to grovel at the feet of others who to them are more blessed.

So no cause for alarm comrades up north, I can assure you that Nigeria is not going to break up any time soon; and even if it does by whatever means I see you being the best hit contrary to the alarming conclusion of your erudite son, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.




Monday, April 3, 2017

7 Things We Learnt from Elder Dayo Odeyemi's Press Release Which Accuses K1 De Ultimate of Disrespect among Others.

King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal

Triggered primarily by double premises of which the first was a statement credited to K1 De Ultimate that late Fuji Icon, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister was not the originator of the genre.

Second, he was also said to have made pronouncement that he was the sole financier of the burial ceremony of the late Fuji music maestro.

So the said press release was to a large extent advisory in intent and purpose; but it equally helps to put the records straight at least in the case of the second accusation above.

To those familiar with happenings in the house of Fuji music genre for some time now, the press release by Elder Dayo Odeyemi, an aide of the late musician Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister did not come as a surprise.
In fact, it was long in coming.

Historically, there has been a long running contestation among Fuji musicians and their lovers as to who founded Fuji music genre.

Opinions till today as ever are sharply divided over the matter.

But like the proverbial wind that blows revealing the hidden anus of the poultry then comes the press release of April 2, 2017.

On the route to this cautionary press statement, two schools of thoughts had remarkably emerged.

While a school of thought had long bought into the sentiments that the originator of Fuji music was Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister who up until his death seems to have outsmarted others by self styling himself 'MR FUJI' as a source indicator to the chagrin of some which include another frontline Fuji act, Alhaji Kollington Ayinla.

Another school, however, contend that the honour may after all belongs to someone else or to no one at all because way back there must have been many musicians who champion the cause of Fuji music.

But K1 De Ultimate in a swift and bold move not long ago tried to set the record straight by rolling out a long list of Fuji musicians he thought should have a share of the honour when the topic of who founded the genre comes up.

The record in question was indeed a masterpiece.

While K1 De Ultimate may not have encounter history he indeed encountered myth; and myths they use to say is the father of history.

But like anything of note said it polarizes and frazzled not a few who believed his action was nothing short of backstabbing his master, late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

Though the press release did not say categorically who was the founder of Fuji music genre, it did however successful shed more light on other facts surrounding K1 De Ultimate himself and the burial of his late master vis a vis promises made to him while on the sick bed and to his family which were never fulfilled.

Thanks to the press release, we now know in addition to what we already know:

* That Fuji music was already seven years old when K1 De Ultimate joined Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Music Organization in 1974.

* That K1 De Ultimate was a secondary school dropout from Ansar Udeen High School, Ijebu Isiwo, before joining the late Fuji icon's band as a packer.

* That as at 1974, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister had released 19 solid studio records.

* That the title of his first album was Waya Rabi and was released in 1967.

* That it was the Lagos State Government under Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) which paid for the burial ceremony of the late Fuji icon.

* That K1 De Ultimate only visited the sick music star once while on admission at the Havana hospital in Lagos.

* That it was Alhaji Buhari Oloto and not K1 De Ultimate who headed the burial committee set up by the Lagos State Government.