The amalgamation of 1914 was a mistake and the Independence of 1960 a monstrous missed opportunity to just let these guys go away. These mallams have been in charge of Nigeria virtually since her independence in 1960 and today the comatose state of nearly everything in Nigeria is a testament to their inefficiency in running things. Without the rest of Nigerians contributing to the GDP who knows whether these guys would have still been alive. The south -south contributes their oil, the west contributes their bureaucracy as well as VAT to the federal purse, the east contribute their enterprising spirit as well as a sizable amount of VAT to the economy only for the North to act as the Master doling out other peoples money to their lazy folks up there in the Sahara desert.
On November 8th, 2008, one AbdulAzeez Sanni, reporting from Minna quoted Babangida Aliyu of Niger State as saying that northerners are not parasites, that the region has the comparative advantage, potentials and the resources to stand on its own. To this, Icheokudotcom asks, what then is the North waiting for, to simply take the hike and never come back? They should put their money where their mouth is - just prove it! The North should take that bold initiative of walking away from Nigeria - nobody really will mind their long-awaited departure from Nigeria. According to Babangida Aliyu, all they need to do is to identify and harness their comparative advantage in agriculture, arguing that the North has remained stagnant because the leaders have refused to challenge the people so as to bring out their potentials. Icheokudotcom responds that the North has no potential whatsoever to bring out and will remain in their abject want until their social and cultural perspective is changed for the better; wherein the ingrained cultural practises of almajiris, purdah, sharia law of stoning women to death for merely having sex and conscripted marriage of twelve year old girls to 70 year old grand-fathers is changed. In addition the North must learn how to separate their religion from the state and stop seeing in their rulers, gods who must be obeyed and worshipped. Until such epiphany takes place, there will never be any meaningful way forward in the quest to effect the fortunes of Northern Nigeria.