Some leaders from the south -south forum, Ohaneze and Afenifere were yesterday denied the landing permit to grace the 2018 Mega Rally and conference organised by the Middle Belt Forum in Makurdi the Benue State capital.
This was made known during the ongoing conference through a live phone call which was put across by some members of these social cultural groups to intimate the gathering of their predicaments.
The mega rally with a theme, Restructuring Nigeria and Reawakening. The Position of the Middle Belt was attended by the governor of Taraba state Dairius Ishaku, some presidential aspirants from the middle belt and some serving senators across the region.
The national president, Middle Belt Forum, Dr Bitrus Pogu, who lamented the way middle belt are treated after their fight for the unity of this country commended Ortom and Ishaku for enacting the anti-open grazing law.
The middle belts are treated like second class citizens in their own country. With all our immense contributions to keep the country one, we are always relegated to the background. But I want to tell Nigerians that, without the middle belt the country can’t survive.
Restructuring is what we must undertake for the benefit of all especially the middle belt.
According to him, the sellers of the middle belt for personal gains must be called to order, adding that such persons are traitors and God will not forgive them.
Also speaking, former governor of CBN, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, called for the formulation of Coalition of Patriots aimed at redeeming Nigeria.
“The land belongs to the people and cannot be taken away from them, even as he prayed for Leah Sharibu, saying that she would not be forgotten. The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.”
In an address the Taraba State governor, Dairus Ishaku appreciated NASS for initiating a bill to establish state and local govt police.
Governor Ishaku sued for accelerated attention and passage of the bill adding that if it is subsequently signed into law it would go a long way to address the incessant killings.
“Killing people are another form of corruption and the worst of it all. When one steals one million he is prosecuted but when some people kill innocent people in their sleep they are allowed to walk freely. This must stop. Nigeria is a great country but it is wasting away. Every state in Nigeria is a potential country of its own.”
While the Benue state governor Samuel Orton in his submission disclosed that from January to date Benue state alone has lost over N400 billion worth of properties to herdsmen attack.
Asides the thousands of lives we have lost in Benue alone over N400 billion worth of properties invested by our ancestors are gone due to the herdsmen killings and nobody is being arrested to this effect even the Miyetti Allah that have vowed for blood bath in Benue are working freely on the Street” Orton lamented.
Senator representing Benue North east senator Barnabas Gemade enjoined all nationalities in the middle belt to stand their ground and work together as a people of same culture, race irrespective of their language, Religion and political affiliations.
“As a people of the middle belt we will fight until the struggle to emancipate the middle belt is achieved.”
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