HAUSA & LOW EDUCATION IS THE REASON FOR LOW DEVELOPMENT INDICES IN THE REGION

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For the folks down south, the thinking that Hausa Fulani is one tribe and interwoven is a mirage. They have never been. Allegedly, it has been painted that they are. It would be great if they are and the Hausa must come to terms that education is the key to development not some hand in hand walk. The Fulani on their own part has demonstrated sufficiently that they understand education and it’s importance to the development of a society and nation. The only nexus is the religion that glued them together – Islam.

Fulani as a rule are encouraged to receive the best education possible anywhere in the world . Till date, Fulani are some of the most educated Nigerians. See President Buhari’s children all trained in England.

However, Hausas who are majority are discouraged from Western Education and its advantages, as it seems or from historical perspective. Hausas are programmed to be Almajiri – unfortunately . But, it is left for them to appreciate the importance of education as it is done in some predominantly Arab/Muslim nations like UAE and Malaysia.

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This has been so effective that the Fulani control Traditional Rulership positions, control the ruling power apparatchik and also control the opposition in the North. Few people know that the spokesperson for the Talakawa, the head of NEPU and the opposition to the ruling NPC – the popular Mallam Aminu Kano was also a Fulani.

Since 1803 when the Jihad started, all efforts have been put into repressing the Hausa and ensuring that Hausa leadership of Hausa and Hausaland never happens again.

It is an agreed fact that without education and its power of upliftment, the Hausa shall remain docile and politically tame. It was of course panic galore when President Jonathan introduced Almajiri education which was directed at empowering the Hausa directly – since Hausa are the Almajirei and never the Fulani.

It is in this respect that we must understand the importance of Quota System /Federal Character .Without education the majority Hausa remain uncompetitive leaving the field open for the Fulani to fill ample opportunities and positions with only themselves. Of course that monopoly shall be broken if the Hausa are allowed to appreciate the essence of education.

To a lesser extent, some of these allegations of segregation though unfounded have cropped up in other regions which led to the creation of the Midwestern region and the eventual 12 state structure but here the Hausa and Fulani share the same cultural /religious /ethnic space called Hausaland.

It is important to note that the Hausa people hold the key to Nigeria revolution and acceleration to the First World. Once we are able to frog leap these great peoples to some level of contention then Nigeria would truly be on its march to its manifest destiny.

Few people do realize today that the humbled Hausas of today were once a Proud race of people who led the world in industry, politics, Commerce and so many other spheres. They founded the city of Kano and controlled the Transsaharan Routes. By 13th century, Kano had become one of the most important cities in the World..

Hausaland was the turf of Bayajjidda, Abu Ja, Sule Ja, and Yunfa who was the last Sarkin Gobir.

I believe that resuscitating the Hausa people is the only imperative to accelerating Nigeria development.. We are talking of the empowerment of the Hausa Bakwai.

I suggest a Free and compulsory educational policy for the nation and an education interventionist policy directed at the Hausa. Something akin to President Jonathans educational vision.

Victor Wilberforce is a critical thinker and a social engineer.

The problem with the North is segregation. Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa are Fulani blue bloods. Fulani as a rule are encouraged to receive the best education possible anywhere in the world . Till date, Fulani are some of the most educated Nigerians. See President Buhari’s children all trained in England.

However, Hausas who are majority are discouraged from Western Education and its advantages. Hausas are programmed to be Almajiri – unfortunately .

The idea is to maintain the status quo of Fulani rulership in the North.

This has been so effective that the Fulani control Traditional Rulership positions, control the ruling power apparatchik and also control the opposition in the North. Few people know that the spokesperson for the Talakawa, the head of NEPU and the opposition to the ruling NPC – the popular Mallam Aminu Kano was also a Fulani.

Since 1803 when the Fulani Jihad started, all efforts have been put into repressing the Hausa and ensuring that Hausa leadership of Hausa and Hausaland never happens again.

It is an agreed fact that without education and its power of upliftment, the Hausa or any group of people  shall remain docile and politically tame. It was of course panic galore when President Jonathan introduced Almajiri education which was directed at empowering the Hausa directly.

It is in this respect that we must understand the importance of Quota System /Federal Character . The true essence of Quota System is to keep the Fulani oligarchy in power. Without education the majority Hausa remain uncompetitive leaving the field open for the minority but powerful Fulani to fill ample opportunities and positions with only themselves.

 

To a lesser extent, some of these allegations of segregation have cropped up in other regions which led to the creation of the Midwestern region and the eventual 12 state structure but here the Hausa and Fulani share the same cultural /religious /ethnic space called Hausaland.

It is important to note that the Hausa people hold the key to Nigeria revolution and acceleration to the First World. Once we are able to frog leap these great peoples to some level of contention then Nigeria would truly be on its march to its manifest destiny.

Few people do realize today that the humbled Hausas of today were once a Proud race of people who led the world in industry, politics, Commerce and so many other spheres. They founded the city of Kano and controlled the Transsaharan Routes. By 13th century, Kano had become one of the most important cities in the World..

Hausaland was the turf of Bayajjidda, Abu Ja, Sule Ja, and Yunfa who was the last Sarkin Gobir.

I believe that resuscitating the Hausa people is the only imperative to accelerating Nigeria development.. We are talking of the empowerment of the Hausa Bakwai.

I suggest a Free and compulsory educational policy for the nation and an education interventionist policy directed at the Hausa. Something akin to President Jonathans educational vision.

 

 

 

Victor Wilberforce is a critical thinker and a social engineer.

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