He is a doctor, MD, but also thinks and writes about poverty, behavior of banks, education and development for Africa.
Sorry, I can not find any photo of Zakari Tata Askira, Nigeria in the internet, but some good texts.
He writes: ”The gap between the poor and rich countries of the world today is extreme. Living standards in Africa can greatly be increased if European Banks stop facilitating African corruption. Africans should realize that they have only themselves to blame for underdevelopment. We cannot look to Europe to develop us, and the moral obligation for African development is ours. We must individually face up to our responsibilities. An underdeveloped Africa means persistent poverty and dependency with attendant lack of social, economic and physical security. The battles for independence have become ancient battle cries with no substance as we still live in dependency. Our wealth is sitting in European banks for free while our continent languishes” … (Found this article on 3 other websites: First on News from Africa, 15 September 2006, by Zakari Tata Askira -Source: Global Afrikan Congress /Homepage-, and slightly different on Nigeria World, July 2006, also by Zakari Tata Askira, on AfricaFiles, but also an excerpt on our Economy and Society-Blog).
Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA and THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, March 7, 2003 – one;
Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA AND THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, March 7, 2003 – two;
Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA, AND THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, October 15, 2003 – three;
Read: AREWA’S LOSS, by Zakari T Askira – January 10, 2007.
He writes: … Northern Nigeria has always lagged behind in western style education that is relevant in today’s world. The only way that the North can develop is for Northerners to look beyond selfish interests and join its great minds together for purposes of growth. The other regions of Nigeria that were more advanced educationally at time of independence today have developed their banking and finance structures. The North would do well to learn from them as to how they developed these structures even when they did not wield presidential power. The North has enough wealth and manpower to develop into a World class economy. We are blessed with a simple common language and a culture that does not split us into small clan groups. We are more unified as a people than most but for reasons best known to us we have been unable to use this great asset for growth. What we need today is for Northerners to start a non political dialogue with a view to developing the North. There should be a group that can give advice on rationalizing the resources that we have. We have to stop duplicating structures in the various Northern states that only serve to dilute our limited Human Capital. Advice should be obtained from professionals in other parts of the country where significant strides have been achieved. A poorly developed Northern Nigeria is not good for Nigeria. As we strive to recapture Sardauna’s essence, there has to be a meeting of minds that is selfless. The creation of states has only further served to stagnate Northern development for there is really no difference in the aspirations of a man from Sokoto versus one from Bauchi. We should take an honest assessment of the situation. There should be no place for blame or name calling. The goal should be progress. Every single Northerner with ability should take responsibility for our current state of affairs. We cannot blame the leaders for they are a reflection of us. The time is ripe to forget and rebuild.There should be no competition with other parts of the country. Rather, the goal should be mutual coexistence and sharing of developmental resources. If National development is the goal, we cannot fail. (full text).