President Muhammadu Buhari is the only good person in Nigeria, and our Messiah. No quarrel.
He gave out his daughter Zahra Buhari in marriage to Ahmed Indimi, of the great Indimi family of Borno State. No quarrel.
According to the President’s favorite paper, Daily Trust, Zahra received gifts worth N47,000 000 from Ahmed, while he was only toasting her. No quarrel.
Ahmed is one of extremely few Nigerians who lease and fly private jets, with pictures in abundance. No quarrel.
The Indimi family is core to Nigeria’s influential northern elite. IBB’s son Mohammed was married to Rahama Indimi. That family is wealthy, to say the least.
THIS HOWEVER IS THE QUARREL:
In Maiduguri, right where the Indimi palatial family house sits, there are millions of IDPs without food and medicine. In Maiduguri, both the Indimis and other Borno billionaire/millionaire families have lived surrounded by Nigeria’s worst poverty, unemployment and high concentration of Almajiris, next door to Earth’s record breaking deadliest terrorist group.
FACTS ABOUT BORNO:
If you isolate Borno state from the rest of Nigeria, it becomes the poorest region on planet earth BAR NONE!
Borno has the highest unemployment rate in Nigeria
Borno has the second lowest primary school enrollment rate in Nigeria.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are sponsoring immunization and other medical interventions in Borno state. They are together the richest people on earth.
Borno has an airport.
Borno has a massive Federal university, UniMaid, WHOLLY built with Federal Government funds.
FACTS ABOUT ANAMBRA:
They have community associations that give scholarships and business grants to those who are commerce inclined.
There is NO poverty in Nnewi, one of the communities where this community spirit is most prevalent.
They build their own primary and secondary schools through community effort. I am dead serious. If you go there you will not believe your eyes!
They have well tarred modern roads that were built through their private efforts.
All over Anambra, the various towns and villages copy the Nnewi model.
There is more evidence of private and community development in Anambra than there is of any type of federal government presence.
Anambra does not even have an airport!
Anambra does not have a publicly built federal university! The only so called Federal University in Anambra, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, was built by the state government with contributions from private citizens and then compulsorily taken over by the military government of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida via Decree No. 34 of July 15, 1992.
If any state deserves to be poor from lack of Federal Government presence, that state is Anambra. If any state deserves to be rich by reason of the existence of Federal Government presence, that state is Borno.
But Borno is poor while Anambra is rich! Why?
If the 30 private jet owners or leasers who attended IBB’s daughter’s wedding recently could do in their communities what Nnewi people do in theirs, then most assuredly Nigeria would not be in recession today.
Credit: Reno Omokri, Wikipedia, Forbes, Nairaland