The Best Place to Be – North Or South?


    The best place to live whether it is the country’s North or South blocs you would decide that after reading this article.

    With more than 190 million people, at least 250 different ethnic groups, and Christian and Muslim populations roughly equal in size, Nigeria’s diversity is undeniable. Nevertheless, broad differences between North and South are a Nigerian historical, political and religious reality, and as such, the distinction between the two blocs provides a legitimate difference.

    The economic and social imbalance between the North and the South makes political power-sharing a sensitive issue.

    The South is much richer and boasts far better socioeconomic indicators than the North. Extensive oil reserves are located in the Niger Delta, and the South has Lagos, the commercial and media capital of the country as well as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. While there are numerous ethnic groups, the two largest, the Yoruba and the Igbo make up the majority of the Diaspora that provides increasingly important foreign exchange remittances from abroad.

    It is true that Christians are a majority, but there is an important Muslim population in Yorubaland, and across the South, both religions are affiliative — that is, a follower chooses to join.

    Local conflict tends to be based on ethnic differences and competition for access to resources, especially in the oil-rich Delta, and very rarely do the clashes have a religious component.

    By contrast, the North’s population is probably larger, but it is much poorer than the rest of the country, with some of the world’s worst health and economic statistics. Its economy is in decline because of de-industrialization and lack of investment in agriculture and infrastructure, and a much smaller percentage of its population has access to education than in the South.

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