13 March 2012
By Dominik Umosen
BY now, it has been made crystal-clear from the public utterances of opinion leaders from the area that the incidence of poverty is greater in the North-Western and North-Eastern parts of
than elsewhere in the country. Nigeria
As a matter of fact, in its Year 2010 Poverty Profile for
Nigeria, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, cited tear-jerking poverty as the epicentre of the murderous Boko Haram religious extremism now ravaging several parts of the once- peaceful northern . Nigeria
I recall with nostalgia, those swinging days of yore when you could embark on spur-of-the-moment junkets, criss-crossing pristine terrain, just to admire the panorama of stretches of virgin land just for the fun of it.
But the NBS did not credit oil-producing parts of
with responsibility for the historical problems of the north.. Nigeria
For the sake of the records, it is necessary to recall that this allegory of poverty- driven violence was popularized by opinion leaders from that part of the country, or at least by sections of it.
But whereas the opinion leaders appear united on the incidence of poverty in that part of the country , the unanimity of contributory factors for this prevalence appear to have been reduced to a matter of sophistry by the respective leaders.