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Ahmadu Bello's northernization policy in full effect as 12 key NNPC positions are headed by Northerners

Sir Ahmadu Bello northernization policy is evident in today's Nigeria play videoSir Ahmadu Bello northernization policy is evident in today's Nigeria

Indeed, the words of Sir Ahmadu Bello in an interview he granted an international media platform in 1964 have become evident in today's Nigeria.

In the interview, the Premier of Northern Nigeria gave a somewhat interesting response about his policy of Northernization.

At the time, the country had just gained its independence from British rule in 1960.

The nation was divided into three regions - North, South, and East.

"When I came here, there weren't even 10 Northerners in the civil service then I tried to get it Northernised and now an all-important post is being held by Northerners," he said in the interview.

"In an actual sense, it is a Northerner first, if we can't get a Northerner then we get an expatriate like yourself on contract. If we can't, then we can employ another Nigerian on contract too," he added.

His response brings to bear the deep-rooted rivalry and hate amongst Nigeria's biggest ethnic groups.

Take a look at key positions in NNPC that are occupied by Northerners

1. Mele kyari Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

2. Umar Agiya (Chief Finance Officer and Accounts).

3. Yusif Usman (Chief Operating Officer)..

4. Farouk Garba Saik (Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Service).

5. Mustapha Yakubu (Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals).

6. Hadizah Coomasive (Cooperate Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Secretary).

7. Omar Ibrahim (Group General Manager, International Energy Relation).

8. Kallama Abdullahi- (GGM Renewable Energy).

9. Ibrahim Bimma (Governor’s Risk and Compliance’s).

10. Inuwa Waya (MD NNPC Shipping).

11. Musa Lawan (MD Nigerian Petroleum Development Company).

12. Mansur Sambo (MD Nigerian petroleum Devt company).

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