The World Bank had in its 28 January 2020 report, reveals that 87% of all poor people in 2016 are from the Northern part of Nigeria. This disheartening information comes against the backdrop of the massive Federal allocations received by states in the north as well as the number of rulers from that region who has ruled Nigeria.
The report titled “Advancing Social Protection in a Dynamic Nigeria” further stated that of all the poor people in the North, the North-West region accounts for 50% of that number. The North West region of Katsina State is where Major General Buhari hails from and is also his political fiefdom.
“Nigeria experiences high inequality along geographic lines, with poverty mostly concentrated in the North and in rural areas.“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing, especially in the North-West zone.“Almost half of all the poor lived in the North-West and the North accounts for 87 per cent of all the poor in the country in 2016.”
“Poverty rates in the southern zones were around 12 per cent with little variation across zones. The South-South zone saw the most significant drop in poverty from 2011-2016.“Poverty was significantly higher in rural areas of the country in 2016. An estimated 64 per cent of all poor lived in rural areas and 52 per cent of the rural population lived below the poverty line in 2016. In contrast, the poverty rate in urban areas remained stable at 16 per cent between 2011 and 2016.”