Saturday, April 28, 2012

Open Letter To Alhaji Aliko Dangote on Northern Nigeria and Boko Haram

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, MFR, GCON, ETC; is the richest black man on earth according the Forbes magazine, but his homeland Kano is one of the most underdeveloped places on earth where over 400 industries have collapsed and over 5 million lost their jobs and now terrorized by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorists on suicide-bombing rampage in northern Nigeria.

Open Letter To Alhaji Aliko Dangote on Northern Nigeria and Boko Haram

Dear Alhaji Aliko Dangote, MFR, GCON, ETC: Charity Begins At Home and Not On Forbes

Are you still dining and wining with members of the elite billionaires club of Forbes 100 Most Richest People in the world?

Are you still gloating over being named the richest black man in the world?
Are you still gazing at the glittering trophies you have won as the greatest industrialist in Africa?

Are you still gazing at yourself in the cheval glass mirror grinning as you think you look dapper and better in your designer suit than in your native Babariga?
Are you still playing your Monopoly and Totopoly at the Nigerian Stock Exchange and saying Auzubillah as your billions increase daily?
Who are you impressing?

Your legion of flatterers, hypocrites, praise singing sycophants who are far away in their comfort zones while your motherland is on fire, smoking from suicide bombings and stinking from the acrid odours of charred bodies of corpses, burnt vehicles and razed houses in Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Kogi, Abuja, Plateau, Katsina, and other danger zones terrorized by the lunatic fringe of your own Islamic religion.

Haba Aliko! But while you are still cutting ribbons to open new industries in the safer southern and western regions and other countries in Africa, your own northern region is burning!
Burning in the catastrophic chaos of Islamic insurgency in the masquerade of Boko Haram.
But who is to blame?
You are not culpable?
You think you are innocent?

How many of you industries are located in Kano and other northern states?
Are you biggest factories located in the northern regions?

How many of the millions of jobless people in Kano are employed in your following Dangote Group of Companies and subsidiaries?

ALCO International Limited
Dangote Nigeria Limited
Dangote Transport Limited
Dangote Cement Plc. - Listed on Nigeria Stock Exchange[4]
National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. - Listed on Nigeria Stock Exchange
Dangote Flour Mills Plc. - Listed on Nigeria Stock Exchange
Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. - Listed on Nigeria Stock Exchange[5]
Dangote Oil & Gas Industries International
Dangote Textiles Limited
Dangote Holdings Limited
Blue Star Limited
Dansa Foods Limited
Dansa Food Processing Limited
Dancom Technologies
GreenView International Company Limited - Has invested US$28+ million in cement factory in Ghana.
Sephaku Cement Limited - Dangote Group has 64% shareholding in this South African cement company.
Alheri Engineering Limited
Kura Holdings Limited

Haba Aliko!
Where were you when over 400 industries closed in Kano?
Where were you when over five million jobs were lost?

Where are the cotton plantations?
Where are the sugarcane plantations?
Where are the groundnut pyramids?
What have you done with your billions of dollars to revive the collapsed industries?

What have you done for your thousands of nomadic and rampaging cattle herdsmen who are roaming and trespassing farmlands from the north to the middle belt and to the south when they would fare better if you can just spend only $1 billion to settle them in ranches and let them develop livestock farms all over your northern states and stop their prehistoric nomadic life of trespassing other lands.

What your people need most are not your cement and sugar and pasta factories.
They need livestock farms for large scale dairies, cotton plantations for cotton to use in Nigeria and export to the rest of the world to make billions of cotton products used for clothes, cotton wools and other uses and revive all the collapsed textile industries, sugarcane plantations to produce sugar and stop useless importation of sugar from America and Europe like St. Louis and other unhealthy sugary junk foods dumped in Nigeria and farmlands to grow groundnuts to revive the famous groundnut pyramids and date palms to produce dates and peanuts to enrich the millions of pastries and loaves of bread we eat daily to nourish millions of Hausas and other Nigerians.

One Babariga is sold for over $600 on Coyotes Paw. One Babariga is made of strips of hand-loomed cotton sewed side by side to form large panels of cloth that are then meticulously embroidered with local silk or cotton thread.
Do you know how many thousands of Almajiris and other jobless Hausas would be employed in "Alhaji Aliko Dangote Textile Factories" to produce enough cotton for millions of Babarigas for millions of people in Nigeria and other Africans in the Diaspora?

These would definitely make you a richer billionaire than all your sugar, pastry and cement factories.

When you address the humanitarian emergencies caused by the collapse of hundreds of factories in your homeland Kano and other northern states, and help to create millions of jobs for the millions of jobless Hausas and others and they are gainfully employed to earn good wages to make ends meet, then where would the the devils on rampage find new recruits for their suicidal jihads?

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of Children of Heaven, Sleepless Night, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs and other books and founder of Eko International Film Festival and Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project.

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