Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has stated that the north is rich enough to survive without the billions from Southern states.
Baba-Ahmed said this when he featured on Arise TV on Tuesday.
He was making reference to the decision by Rivers and Lagos States to be in possession of VAT and not the Federal Government.
While the matter is still in court, Baba-Ahmed argued that the North can boast of land, water, livestock and minerals, enough to feed the region.
He, therefore, lamented that the leaders in the region have refused to make good use of the resources that would have lifted the people out of poverty.
“Agriculture is a major asset; we have land, we have water, we have livestock, we have minerals that are literally begging to be picked from the ground but our governors are too focused on the pittance that they are getting. This is wrong.” He said
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