My Nigeria, my northern Nigeria, my middle belt | Opinion

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By Rimini Tagwai, TODAY NEWS AFRICA


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I know, everyone is talking about politics now and it seems nothing else is happening in Nigeria. Talking about Nigeria, do we really know the basic facts about Nigeria, northern Nigeria and the middle belt?

Here are some basic facts. First off, a nation is defined by Wikipedia as a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, history, ethnicity, or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. Also, Black law’s dictionary defines it as large group of people having a common origin, language, and tradition and usually constituting a political entity.

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Nigeria beautifully falls into this definition of a nation, though divided into six geopolitical zones of, north central, north east, north west, south East, south South and South west.

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The country is blessed with manpower, fossil fuel deposits and intellect, just to mention a few. But just like any society, it keeps evolving and thus is bedeviled with issues of bad governance, insecurity, poor educational systems and unemployment.

Consistently, it’s northern part is of immense interest as it takes up nearly two thirds of the land mass of the country.

It was established seven years after Nigeria got her independence in 1960. Another area of intrigue is the North central, commonly known as the middle belt because of its lack of a clear majority ethnic group.

It is also the location of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.  it stretches across central Nigeria longitudinaly, forming a transition zone between Northern and Southern Nigeria.

The middle belt  consist of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau.

Rimini Tagwai wrote in from Jos Plateau State, Nigeria.

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