The question of which tribes are the most populated in our population computations and data, has continually been a very interesting issue of discuss in our everyday life as a nation.
Since the creation of Nigeria as a country by our colonial masters, the most predominate behavior has been the policy of maneuvering each other by using population as a major factor.
The Hausas, in order to secure their population, have united with the Fulanis under a common umbrella known as the “Hausa-Fulani”. To add to this strategy, the Hausa-Fulani have by their permutations infused the population of the Middle-Belt (North Central Zone) into their population by way of the “19 Northern States”.
It is this fear of breaking this computations and manipulations that the Nigerian censors’ enumerations have never had a proper formant as it is established and known internationally.
A first timer to the north would believe the 19 northern states are purely Hausa-Fulani states, as the people they meet on the high ways would normally communicate with them in the Hausa Language.
It is also fun to note that the high and low within the 19 states even conduct most of their meetings in the Hausa Language!
More also the dressing of the people before the crises that rocked most states in the north was mainly the popular Hausa dressings.
In all, a peep into the configuration of the six (6) states in the middle Belt, it would shock an investigator to know that the Hausas are a minority of their respective population and that they leave in an insignificant potion of the large land masses of the states.
A state like Plateau, has over 53 tribes yet, the people communicate mostly in the Hausa Language, with the Hausas residing mostly in parts of Jos North and Bukuru, in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state respectively. In Wase and Kanam LGAs, the tribes there are indigenous to the state.
In Benue and Kogi, states, there is no Local Government Area identified to be Hausa-Fulani.
When you remove Adamawa, Kaduna, Borno, Yobe and Taraba, states from the alleged Hausa-Fulani states, owing to recent revelations coming out of these state because of the ongoing crises between the natives and the Hausa-Fulani, it would frighten an investigator to know that the Hausa and Fulani as single tribes, are also minority tribes in Nigeria.
Now to the remaining states of Bauchi, Gombe, and Nasarawa, it would be very funny to describe them as Hausa-Fulani States, as the Hausa-Fulani population is very insignificant to the population’s composition. They can best be described as minorities there too!
This leaves the two tribes to share, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano and Sokoto states among themselves.
However, for the Igbos, there is no state in the country where they do not have a significant population amounting to over a million. If you put that only together, you would find that the number of Igbo people living outside the five eastern states in the south east may amount to over 36million.
The facts of this Igbo people’s population in the core north, made northern leaders to find ways of making them not to have Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) in the last INEC conducted general election supervised by Prof. Jega by using Tradition leaders to execute the plan.
From this statistic, it is obvious that the Igbo to a large extent compete in terms of population with minority tribes in most states in find them in this country.
In addition, it is worth noting that the Igbo race occupy the south east 98% and that is a huge population.
It is therefore very important to clear this lingering issue by allowing thing Nigerian National Population Commission (NPC) to include religion, place of origin to the next form for the coming censors in this country in order to prove the above findings.
By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo