The chairman of the board of trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum, SAN Bashir Dalhatu, has stated that he does not think that just because a Northerner has been president for the last eight years, that the North has gained a lot of power or influence. He said that some reformation had occurred in the North even though a Northerner now has a significant position in the government. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
He stated that hailing from a village in Jigawa state, he highlighted minimal positive changes in their region over the last two decades. Emphasizing that these changes were primarily attributed to state-level initiatives rather than federal efforts, he challenged the notion that Northern Nigeria experienced substantial development due to the leadership of a Northerner.
He said in an interview with Arise TV, ”We don’t view this protest as a loss of power. A Northerner was in power in the last eight years but I don’t think the North was in power. A Northerner was on top of the government but you can not say that we were in charge. The North was not in power. I come from a village in Jigawa state and in the last 20 years, very little has changed.
Whatever changed was the effort of the state government and not the federal government. You can count so many other things in Northern Nigeria that have not changed. And they are not enjoying federal patronage because a Northerner was in government. We are brought up to see Nigeria as one entity and not to discriminate against other sections of the country.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>