The serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, (CGCC), and a one-time vice presidential candidate of Nigeria, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has opined that, if the nation Nigeria, should judge the region that has produced the greater number of president, then the northern region should be the most developed part of the country today, “having produced heads of states, and presidents for over 40 out of 61 years since independence.
According to the cleric cum politician Bakare, instead of the development of the northern region, despite their historical dominance in Nigeria’s politics, states and people of the region are worse off in human and capital development.
In Bakare’s words,
“ Despite the historical dominance of the north in the governance of this nation, data from the world bank indicates that, as at 2016, the north accounted for 87% of the poverty in Nigeria.
“Furthermore, based on the report from the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, the facts indicates that, north has dominated key appointments in the six (6) years of President Muhammadu Buhari. Despite this preponderant appointments from the north, data from the Nigeria Living Standard Survey, LSS, shows that, the north has continued to dominate the poverty headcount in Nigeria even during the Buhari administration.
Bakare stressed that, if there should be any correlation between where the president comes from and the level of development of the region, the past administrations of President Ebele Jonathan, and that of President Obasanjo, as well as that of the incumbent government of Buhari, should all be better developed. He emphasized that, successive administrations after that of Nigeria’s founding fathers, all majored in minors in their political inclusion.
Concerning open grazing, an ongoing debate between the northern region and other states of the federation, the clergyman condemned the development calling it archaic.
Pastor Tunde Bakare, said this during the church’s yearly ‘State of the Nation broadcast’ themed, the ‘The Black Box of Nigeria’s Politics’, held at the church’s premises on Sunday, October 10, 2021.