Northern Nigeria was an autonomous division within Nigeria, distinctly different from the southern part of the country, with independent customs, foreign relations and security structures. In 1962 it acquired the territory of the British Northern Cameroons, which voted to become a province within Northern Nigeria.
Below is the list of Ten Things To Know About Northern Nigeria
- It’s the poverty face or face of poverty in Nigeria…Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
2. It’s not a safe place to live in Nigeria…Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Saád Abubakar III.
3. Northern children have now turned to violence as a means of livelihood….Audu Ogbeh, a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
4. It is the first centre of terrorism for a decade in Nigeria, Boko Haram.
5. It has produced the highest number of Nigeria presidents.
6. It has the highest number of legislators in Nigeria…. with the highest underdeveloped constituencies.
7. It has produced the highest number of COAS and IGP…. still highest in insecurity.
7. It’s the most undeveloped part of Nigeria.
8. It’s the part of Nigeria with the highest number of out of school children. 2018 survey by UNICEF estimated that the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria had risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world, most of these numbers are in the North.
9. It’s the part of Nigeria with the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality. Experts say, the situation is much worse within the northern parts of the country, where the maternal mortality rate is estimated to be over 1,000 deaths per 100,000 live births.” The story is not different in the infant mortality and under-5 mortality rates estimated at 69 deaths per 1,000 live births and 128 deaths per 1000 live births respectively.
10. It’s has produced the highest number of insincere leaders that have resulted in the highest underdevelopment of the region amongst other regions in Nigeria.
According to a 2018 report by EDUCELEB, a non-profit education advocacy group, out of a national average of 59.3% female literacy rate for Nigerians between 15 and 24 years old, the North-West trailed on 38% followed by the North-East (41%) and the North-Central (62%). On the hand, the South-East led with 95.4%, followed by the South-South (94%) and the South-West (92.6%).
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations indicated that of the 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory reported being suffering from food insecurity in Nigeria, 15 are from the North. They are Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Benue, Gombe, Taraba, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and the FCT.
A land blessed with milk and honey, unfortunately, cursed with inhuman and kleptomaniac leaders without conscience. These bad statistics above are the handwork of clueless leaders governing the region.
Disclaimer: This Is Not NewsOnline Nigeria’s Opinion About Northern Nigeria.