The presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party in the 2019 Presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has accused the elite northern individual and politicians of encouraging poverty among the masses for selfish and political reasons.
According to him, Moghalu said , the selfishness of the northern political class remains the major cause of poverty and under-development in the region part of the country.
While speaking as the guest speaker at the Ra’ayi Initiative for Human Development annual lecture at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital conference hall, Moghalu wondered why the north, despite being in the saddle of leadership for 42 years, regrettably still remained “the headquarters of poverty in Nigeria.”
The former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Moghalu, spoke on the topic: ‘Northern Nigeria’s Prosperity in the 21st Century: The Imperative of Social and Economic Transformation.’
Moghalu argued that the solutions for repositioning the north were based on re-setting the people’s mindset and worldview, insisting that, “the problem with the north is the north versus itself.
He, urged northerners to prioritise human development, adding, there was a nagging need to fight youth unemployment, drug abuse and upgrade the status of women in the region.
“the almajiri system of education should be backed with western education, pointing out that there was the need to increase the enrollment of women in schools.” He said
Moghalu added “The north must be modern and the northern Nigeria will not make progress until Nigeria is constitutionally re-structured”.
He then argued that if Nigeria was restructured along regional line, it would favour the north, just as he expressed confidence that re-structuring would encourage economic development of the regions, which would in turn build stronger and stable Nigeria.
Moghalu said, “Nigeria cannot develop on feeding bottle federalism. What Nigeria needs at this point remains true federalism that will encourage fiscal independence of the regions.”
He called on northern elite to put heads together in revitalising Kano’s industrial prowess, as well as making huge investment in mechanised and value-chain agriculture.”
In his remarks, Prof. Kabiru Dandago, said, the Chairman on the occasion and former Kano State Commissioner for Finance, “We are here for agenda-setting. The known fact is that in northern Nigeria, all we do is to criticise ourselves and finding faults among our leaders. We waste energy in discussing problems of the north without finding solutions to the problems.
“Our leaders don’t take seriously the need to harness our natural resources for the development of the north. Our youths are downgraded to hopeless beings. We have not set the ball rolling on how to develop the north. We have vast population, vast natural resources, we should know what we need, as northerners.”