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"Northern States Lack Caring Govt." - Professor Salihu Suleiman

Former Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Professor Salihu Suleiman, has lamented what he called the absence of caring governments in the 19 northern states of the country.

Professor Suleiman made his position known in a paper entitled, “Ilorin and Northern Nigeria: Assessment of Growth and Stagnation– 1945–2012, delivered at a forum organized by Ilorin Solidarity Club which had the former Chief Judge of Kwara State, Justice Saka Yusuf as its president.

He express the opinion that the northern states are now bereft of leaders like the late premier of the defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto who he said, served his people, “selflessly and responsibly”.

According to him, the late Sardauna of Sokoto established many industrial and economic giants such as Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) and other social welfare institutions, adding that, “he died without even a decent house for his family”.

The scholar stressed the need for the present leaders of the area to change their attitude if they were to make their marks and as well provide employment for their teeming unemployed people. He posited that: “The problems of Northern Nigeria are many and we cannot fold our hands and see the likely consequences of our in-action." 

Sun News.

Lagos, Nigeria


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