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Yoruba Council of Elders to Arewa Consultative Forum: The North “represents all that is wrong with Nigeria”



Yoruba Council of Elders to Arewa Consultative Forum: The North "represents all that is wrong with Nigeria" - BellaNaija

Kunle Olajide

Kunle Olajide, Secretary General of  the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), has responded to certain comments made by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Punch reports.

Ibrahim Coomassie, Chairman of the ACF, had in a statement said Nigeria will not be able to survive without the North.

Olajide, speaking at the first memorial lecture of Nathaniel Abimbola, a reporter with the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) who passed in 2017, said the North represents all that is wrong with Nigeria. He said:

The newspapers reported the Arewa Consultative Forum as saying that Nigeria cannot survive without the North. Whatever was meant by that statement credited to the ACF chairman remains to be understood.

However, I congratulate him for accepting that the North as it is today represents all that is wrong with Nigeria. The North-East is ravaged by insurgency costing the country billions of dollars annually. The North-West is home to religious crisis, the North-Central is ravaged by herdsmen of northern extraction. Collectively the North is home to all negative indices of the quality of life. Infant mortality rate is highest in the North.

Illiteracy rate is highest in the North and the number of out-of-school children is highest in the North. The poverty index in the North is high while the twin evil bedeviling the North is feudalism and religious fatalism. It will not be out of place to say the North has in fact been dragging Nigeria down since independence. All sorts of mischievous phrases were coined  by the very tiny political / military elite of the North to give undue advantage to the North.

Let me assure Alhaji Coomassie that much as we want a fair and egalitarian Nigerian society, it is not at all costs. The rest of Nigeria will survive, flourish and join the league of first world countries within two decades if the North exits. If it desires to leave Nigeria, join me in saying goodbye to the exiting North, I wish them a safe journey into the desert

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  1. Tolulope

    March 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Here comes the bitter truth they’ve been running away from.

  2. Busarni

    March 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm


  3. Constancia Titus

    March 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Glad to know there are still people in Nigeria who can boldly speak the truth. I then wonder why we cannot find these same people in the corridors, not to talk of the seat of power.

  4. ss

    March 23, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    The YCE are also part of the problem and should quit complaining. You were the ones who gave the north total support to come to power just because the VP is one of you

    • Tijanee Olalekan

      March 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Must you say this. Move on Man!

  5. mulikat

    March 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    God bless Sir, for saying nothing,but the truth.

  6. Professor X

    March 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    The truth is bitter. This guy just dropped the mic with this statement: “I wish them safe journey into the desert.”

  7. Mrs chidukane

    March 24, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Loud eeeeet! Blood suckers,enemies of development. The food they grow,don’t we buy it? Is it free? We can as well buy from other people.

  8. Kike

    March 24, 2018 at 2:33 am

    ‘I wish them a safe journey into the desert’ – possibly the best clapback ever! Drops mic. Uncle just said what we were all thinking!

    The South is by no means perfect but the disaster going on in the North Is shocking. Their elites are throwing lavish weddings while their subjects are literally blown to smitherens and their young females used as pawnd. Chai! The North is a ticking time bomb. Either we break away or intervene to stop the madness.

  9. Seriously

    March 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Finally someone who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. I’m tired of the Coward attitude of Nigerians . When it comes to insult one another’s they are bold but to speak up about their failed country, they are mute. The North is in shambles, forget about their fake humility, extravagant weddings funded by embezzled funds, they are a walking disaster

  10. Lifeisbeautiful

    March 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Oouch! He didn’t mince his words….

  11. sacanfue

    March 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Shud have simply said; Nigeria is where it is Green!!!

  12. Tijanee Olalekan

    March 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Good comment but we can always ignore since we know where we are going. We are the future!

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