Census 2016 And Odimegwu: Why Is Rabiu Getting Rabid? – By Nnamdi Nwigwe





When one Rabiu Kwankwaso complained about the Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Eze Festus Odimegwu, being ineligible to head the parastatal because he was once the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of a brewery, many thought the man was merely joking and ought to be ignored.

But when he went ahead in his capacity as the Governor of Kano State to request that President Goodluck Jonathan sacks Odimegwu so he does not conduct the next National Census in 2016, it became obvious that Rabiu has become jittery and rabid.


Odimegwu’s reflexes indicate that he  and his team were about to give Nigeria its first Census that can be internationally accepted as nearly realistic and reflective of the true demographic permutations of our country’s variegated population.

People like Rabiu Kwankwaso would rather not live to have that.

His state, Kano in 2006 was awarded a population figure that even many Kano citizens wondered where the people lived beyond the metropolis and its immediate environs and of course, the Sabon Gari quarters.

Several other states in the North had impossible populations that stood every scientific demographic assumption on the head.

The 2006 census figures were so laughable that populations in the tropical and forest Southern zones had less human beings in comparison with the arid, desert North.

The 2006 national census was conducted without such important factors like tribe, and religion being included.

The North threatened former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigeria would cease to exist if the census forms provided for the inclusion of the spread of the ethnic groups and their religious affiliations.

Obasanjo caved in and allowed the northern overlords to have their way.

Kwankwaso is out again to blackmail the country into holding another costly population census that says nothing about the population of the country.

He and those he is fronting must be told in a clear language that Nigeria and Nigerians would not tolerate that silly joke anymore.

Kwankwaso’s bleatings came a few days after the newspapers had given a wide coverage to Odimegwu’s account of how far he and his co-directors in NPC have gone in their plan for the 2016 national census.

Odimegwu reported that astrategic road map had been prepared and costed in such a way that every phase of the plan and every tool or equipment needed had been budgeted to the last kobo.

According to Odimegwu, when his team made a formal presentation to the President at Aso Villa; a presentation he personally conducted, Mr. President was reported to have been so thrilled that he confessed that he had not seen a blueprint so comprehensive and so comprehensible!

That must have been what terrified the Kwankwasos of this world that they shouted “blue murder!”

In his warped and selfish thinking, Rabid Rabin must have concluded that the outcome of the 2016 Census is as good as accepted, if President Jonathan could be so excited with the Master Plan.

Of course Odimegwu had said that no census in Nigeria since 1906 had been scientifically executed and as such, their results had been, at best, speculative; including the last one of 2006.

It is instructive that Kwankwaso made no mention of the 2016 population census road map as enunciated by Odimegwu.

He rather clung to Odimegwu’s preambles in which he x-rayed the activities of the National Population Commission over the years, identified its shortcomings and limitations and even admitted fraudulent acts allegedly perpetrated by some directors and invited the relevant investigative bodies to probe his allegations.

In other climes, Eze Festus Odimegwu would be applauded for his transparency. But this is Nigeria where rivers flow uphill!

Apparently, in an effort to please Rabiu Kwankwaso and his faceless puppeteers; the President is reported to have actually queried Odimegwu on his widely circulated press interview.

Aso Villa has not denied it. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has asked the President to withdraw the query and apologise to Odimegwu in the interest of fairness.

One may not be able to decipher the nature and exact wordings of the purported query to the NPC Chairman, if ever there was one.

But what galls many Nigerians is the sheer impudence with which Rabin Kwankwaso and the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, are going about the issue of a possible reliable population count of Nigeria.

Can they really tell the world why they are frightened by the prospect of a correct Census?

Will a true figure reveal something that they have been hiding?

Is it possible that bogus high populations that had been used in cheating others for so long are about to be exposed?

What actually has Rabiu Kwankwaso to lose if an honest population count is done?

Shouting wolf this time will not yield any dividend.

Threat to break up the country as blackmail must be discouraged and roundly condemned.

In the words of Obasanjo, “there is no peaceful way of breaking Nigeria.”



  1. Have lost your mind, you are talking about a place where there is trees with rain forest and an irid desert place
    Don’t you think or remember that four is better than one how could a region where polygamy marriage exist will be compared up with a single marriage approved community , watch your tongue and brighten your brain.

  2. most of you are just hired town carriers, if not how can you tell me that anything good will come out of a total drunkered who have been drinking away his life known in history, what rabiu said was correct afterall he knows him, the reason he was appointed in the first place was becouse of the govt that use incompetent people. this odinegwu of a man has been saying things that only drunkers says, he is more of a foolish man than a good one and to be frank with you this will not work or the list he count you, your mama and two of your children,in fagge here in kano there is a single house of morethan 500 people few of them have two wives. you that dont even marry till you reach monophose period you think you have mouth to talk.how many of you are in your house?


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