I don’t know how it started but I witnessed how it went down for two or three days there when the Northern part of Nigeria shutdown the export of foods to the Southern part in their show of strength of being the main feeder of the country and also in fighting for the Fulani herdsmen’s “freedom” to graze their cattle unrestrictedly in the South. A lot went down from the lords of the North believing they are acing the blockade, to the South believing they aren’t even feeling anything the North is doing, and back to the traders in the North complaining of how the prices of their goods went from high to very low because of the blockade. All these happen in two to three days. But my question is, was there any lesson learnt by the South through the blockade or the South is just going to keep acting like it doesn’t matter?
Well, it should matter. The North using the export of foods to the South as leverage on the South is not even the biggest problem here, the biggest problems are: one, the North can actually have the power to control the exportation of their own resources while the South-South (especially) cannot dare such, because their own resource (crude oil) belongs to Nigeria while the Northern resources belong to the North; this should really make the South-South and the whole of the South worry. Two, the South is the North’s biggest market—that’s valid, but why is the South the North’s biggest market? It’s because the South does not have some things the North has, and these things are essential to the Southerners, so they have to depend on the North when they need these things. Now, this makes it obvious, if it ever comes to it and it’s the North blocking foods exportation to the South with better preparation and determination, how easy is it going to be for the South to survive this? The South needs to invest more in Agriculture, that’s my point.
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