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Time to split Nigeria and let Buhari go; Sokoto as case study

Time to split Nigeria and let Buhari go

In 1976, Niger state split from Sokoto;

In 1991, Kebbi state split from Sokoto;

In 1996, Zamfara state was split from Sokoto.

Niger State consists of twenty-five (25) Local Government Areas; Kebbi State consists of twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas; Zamfara State consists of fourteen (14) Local Government Areas; and Sokoto State consists of twenty-three (23) Local Government Areas. 

Sokoto, a single state prior to 1976, was divided three times between 1976 and 1996 into four (4) states. 

These four (4), states have between them 83 Local Governments.

Do note that Lagos state and Sokoto state were the same in 1976 in terms of number of local governments. 

However, while the Lagos state remains just a state with its original 20 local governments, Sokoto state had been split three times into four (4) states with 83 local governments from its original 20 local governments.

It will interest nobody if Sokoto State is divided into 100 states tomorrow and funded by the income generated from the area only. 

We are, nevertheless, concerned that, it is the revenues generated from the Yoruba South-West Region that is funding economic growth and development in states like Sokoto and all other Northern states.

Buhari says looters of national resources are to be arraigned shortly. Mr Buhari is just fooling the gullible Yoruba Youths. 

The looted resources belong to the Yoruba’s and the Niger Delta’s people and not the whole of Nigeria. 

He recognizes the fundamental cause of corruption in Nigeria is the unitary constitution of the country. 

He knows that Hausa/Fulani have looted the resources of the Yoruba’s and Niger Delta’s people since the suspension of regional government in 1966. 

But he is running about with lies and propaganda, grandstanding about curbing corruption in Nigeria.

Before Mr Buhari’s second coming, we have had Babangida (8yrs); Shonekan (3mth), Abacha (5yrs); Abdulsalam (1yr); Obasanjo (8yrs); Yar’Adua (3yrs); and Jonathan (5yrs), yet corruption hasn’t abated. 

Why? The section below, which is a portion of the constitution of Nigeria, encourages corruption. 

Buhari knows this, but he is unwilling to change it because it favours the North:

C – Public Revenue

“162. (1) The Federation shall maintain a special account to be called “the Federation Account” into which shall be paid all revenues collected by the Government of the Federation, except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the armed forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or department of government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

(2) The President, upon the receipt of advice from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, shall table before the National Assembly proposals for revenue allocation from the Federation Account, and in determining the formula, the National Assembly shall take into account, the allocation principles, especially those of population, equality of States, internal revenue generation, land mass, terrain as well as population density;”

The past leaders of Nigeria, including Mr Buhari, who were from the North and who divided Sokoto state, a single state prior to 1976, into four (4) states by 1991 and with 83 local governments from merely 20 local governments in 1976, are the looters of Yoruba’s and Niger Delta’s resources and they are the people who must be prosecuted.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that Buhari, who represented the Northern interests was against Obasanjo’s National ID Card scheme in 2003. 

The card could have curbed corruption and fake population census figures. 

Today, he is grandstanding about curbing corruption by arresting individuals, without addressing the fundamental causes of corruption. 

Anyone who believes corrupt Buhari will curb corruption must be crazy. Nigeria’s problem isn’t corruption. 

But the unitary system in a multi-ethnic society.

As horrible as Tinubu has become, he will protect and safeguard the interests and welfare of the Yoruba people as Yoruba Regional Premier than 100 Buharis.

God is not crazy. 

He couldn’t have possibly allowed Babangida; Shonekan; Abacha; Abdulsalam; Obasanjo; Yar’Adua; and Jonathan, with none of them able to curb corruption, if indeed our problem is corruption. 

Nigeria is not just sustainable under a unitary system.

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