Let me start with a confession: I am angry seeing some “strange” names representing – or rather eating up the quota of the North in the recent admission into Kings College, Lagos. Attached herewith is the snapshot of the admission.
Much as every right-thinking person need not be told that President Buhari’s appointments are skewed in favour of the Norht, King’s College’s admission is obviously slanted in favour of the South.
Western Education started in the South more than 50 years before starting in the North. The first school in Kano started in 1909 at Gidan Dan Hausa, while Western/missionary education started in the South around 1840s.
By 1960, the North, despite occupying more than half of Nigeria’s population, had 41 secondary schools against the South’s 842.
Today, the gap in terms of commitment between the Northern leaders and Southern leaders, also bears something similar to the foregoing theme.
Our attitude to Western education is still lamentable. The folk way of our fecund brothers in the rural areas worsens our situation. Despite biting poverty, children are milled everyday with no planb for their education or healthcare.
As Frederick Forsyth captured in his book, “The Biafra Story: The Making of African Legend”, the North’s first university graduate qualified just nine years before independence, while South East alone had more doctors, lawyers and engineers than any black African nation by 1960.
It is not that there are no intelligent people in the North today. No, it is the distance that is too far for us to catch up in the next century. Frightening.
With the South’s advantage over North in terms of education, the region again roared and ate up the little slots available to North for the Kings College admission. While the South enjoys a steady educational progress, the North now gave birth to a monster – Boko Haram – that shuts schools, kills and kidnaps school children. Pity.
It appears President Buhari’s “merit” mantra, espoused majorly by the Northern people, has taken full effect – such that it crept out of the corridors of powers onto the corridors of basic studies.
This is a good reminder to those who justified President Buhari’s skewed appointments on the premise of “merit” not reflection of federal character.
Leaving opportunities to be determined by merit reminded me about one anecdote titled “Rabon Kura” (hyena’s sharing/allocation), in which lesser wild animals look up to hyena to allocate meat to them after hunting.
Once upon a time, the anecdote goes, the hyena divides a kill into three portions and declares: “The first allocation is for me. The second allocation is for the night hunter. The third allocation is for the jostler.”
“Who is the chief night hunter?” a bewildered jackal asked.
“Who is the chief jostler?” a confused vulture queried.
“It is all me,” the hyena replied and devoured the whole meat alone.
The lessons of this story should sink into the heads of those who think President Buhari’s appointments are based on “merit”, and should not reflect federal character.
I urge those hailing Buhari for placing premium on “merit” to kindly beg him to reverse the trend before the South takes turn and allocate everything to itself.