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A little addition to Femi Fani-Kayode response to General Ibrahim Babangida's ''Doctrine Of Settled Issues''.There have been arguments, and counter-arguments, with regards to the ongoing Boko Haram mayhem and, whether or not Nigerian should remain an

entity. I am not here to add to this argument, but rather, because of a statement said to have been made by Sanusi Lamido, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. See below the quote:

''there is clearly a direct link between the very uneven nature of distribution of resources and the rising level of violence. When you look at the figures and you look at the size of the population of the north you can see that there is a structural imbalance of enormous proportions. Those states simply do not have enough money to meet basic needs whilst some states have too much money''

Read the full response of Fani-Kayode here /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4132:general-ibrahim-babangidas-doctrine-of-settled-issues&catid=77:personal-tech&Itemid=420

/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4132:general-ibrahim-babangidas-doctrine-of-settled-issues&catid=77:personal-tech&Itemid=420 My point is this, if, as implied from the quotation by the Central Bank Governor, northern states are so damn poor, how were governors of those states able to comfortably pledge a donation of 5-10 million naira per month per northern state (which some were already paying) to Boko Haram? Not only is such utterance by the governor to excuse the continual unleashing of madness by this sect pitiful and despicable, it is also unworthy of a man of his intellectual standing. It does not take the reasoning power of a genius to realise what 5-10million per state could do for the structural, educational, health and knowledge-acquisition empowerment of the people of the northern region - we are not even including the south here.

Now, despite what I am sure is the well-structured manner in which governor Sanusi must have employed to put forth the above reasoning, it could still not have failed to expose the glaring inconsistencies of governors of a supposedly poor region dishing out 10 million naira apiece per state to a group whose main concern is NOT how to supply its people with clean water, health facilities, or electricity.   I dare say the governor could argue that his statement was made impartially, but it would not take much deliberation to nickel out the governor's conscious or sub-conscious partiality to Boko Haram in the above quote.   Which, considering the political and economic power with which a governor of the central bank of a whole nation is automatically imbued, is a very scary thing indeed.

Finally, I bet not many foot soldiers of Boko Haram are properly educated. And the reason is not hard to fathom. Because knowledge allows a man the ability to determine the validity, or not, of his own actions, choosing to educate the masses in the north would mean more power to the common citizens of this region and that, obviously, is not the aim of the real brains behind Boko Haram.

Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner

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