Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria's former Minister of Aviation and Mallam
Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state are locking horns in a battle over regional superiority with the former saying if not for the South's resources and generosity, Nothern Nigeria would still remain a ‘barren desert’.
Fani-Kayode's assertion came on the heels of the statement credited to the Kaduna state governor that all things considered, the “Northern Nigeria still feeds the nation”.
El-Rufai made the controversial statement on Saturday at the Northern Youth summit organised by Northern Hibiscus Initiative in Kaduna.
But Fani-Kayode, reacting in a series of tweets Tuesdasy morning, rejected the claims and saying at no time has the North been the ones feeding the nation.
He wrote: “The North has never fed the nation but has always lived off her. It has depended on the south for everything for 105 years. Were it not for southern resources, kindness and generosity the North would still be a barren desert.”
The former minister also reacted to another alleged statement by El-Rufai, where he was said to have told his audience at the Saturday event, that, “The richest businessman in Nigeria is still Dangote not someone from Southern Nigeria, thank God for that.”
In his reaction to that Fani-Kayode wrote, “Any southern businessman that received the kind of support that Dangote received from FG’s over the last 40 yrs would be the richest man in the world today.”
He went further to add, “It is clear to me that there is as much difference between a Fulani and a non-Fulani as there is between a pygmy and a Viking. Force us in the same space and bad things will happen. Keep us in the same cage and nothing good will come out of it. May God deliver us from each other!”