Is Buhari Telling The World Bank To Focus On The North Nepotism?


Is it not an act of favoritism  and nepotism when those in power favour one section of the country over others? Or is there a genuine reason for such a policy direction?

The northeast of Nigeria has truly suffered from many years of Book Haram atrocities and investing to ameliorate suffering of the people of that area surely deserves government’s priority. But, focusing on the entire north to the detriment of the south is another kettle of fish. Successive governments in Nigeria have found it difficult to be just and equitable in appointments and in the distribution of social projects. The present administration and the immediate preceding one are most guilty of this one sidedness.

The questions above was necessitated by the revelation of the world bank that President Muhammad Buhari asked it to focus on the northern region, his own base in it’s activities in the country.

Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group disclosed on Thursday. Kim said, “You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that.  Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult.

“I think Nigeria, of course, has suffered from the dropping oil prices. I think things are just now getting better.  But the conversation we need to have with Nigeria, I think, is in many ways related to the theme that I brought to the table just this past week, which is investment in human capital.  The percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that Nigeria spends on healthcare is less than one percent.”

He added, “Despite that, there is so much turbulence in the northern part of the country, and there is the hit that was taken from the drop in the oil prices.  Nigeria has to think ahead and invest in its people. Investing in the things that will allow Nigeria to be a thriving, rapidly growing economy in the future is what the country has to focus on right now.”

“Focusing on the northern part of Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices stabilise and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very much important is the need to focus on what the drivers of growth in the future will be.”

As genuine as the intention of the President might be, I think it is biased in favour a part of the country. The Senate has been particularly wanting in the execution of it’s constitutional mandate. It ought to check the Executive whenever it’s actions or appointments are becoming unfair.

A government that gives priority to one area, neglecting other areas cannot be say to be government of the people. Such government of the few is not democratic even though it was democratically elected. This vindictive use of the presidential power must ceased.


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Akin Akingbala is an international journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Aside being happily married, he has interests in music, sports and loves traveling.

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