Senator Shehu Sani in his last social media post for 2018, listed nine reasons for extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria.
Senator Shehu Sani in his post titled ‘Nine reasons for extreme Poverty in Northern Nigeria’ wrote;
Nine reasons for extreme Poverty in Northern Nigeria;
Neglect of Agriculture & dependence on oil revenues;
Decadence & collapse of public education;
Septic extremism and toxic inter ethnic violence;
Abandoning the moral and ethical standards and economic vision and legacies of Ahmadu Bello;
Culpability of successive Northern leaders in power;
Entrenched Handouts culture;
Pliant attitudinal incumbrance of refusing to challenge leaders and hold them to account or the Slavery of loyalty or inimical subservience;
Decades of systemic marginalization,emasculation and oppression and Institutional contempt for the poor by the regional elites.
He has before now blamed the elites in the northern part of Nigeria, over the high rate of poverty in the region. According to him, while there are wealthy northerners, the North still has high poverty rate.
Shehu Sani said it was unfortunate that the poor were the ones who “toiled and worked for us, and laboured hard to see us elected into public office.” He lamented that while politicians looked out for the poor and the physically-challenged during campaigns, the people were usually abandoned when elections had been won.