Press Conference on the Unity of Nigeria – by the Middle-Belt Patriotic Front (M-BPF)
5th July 2017
Venue: SOKAPU Secretariat, No 2B Jega Close, Gwari Avenue (Behind St. Gerard Hospital), Barnawa, Kaduna.
It is no longer news that the peace, security, prosperity and unity of our beloved country, Nigeria is now badly threatened.
Therefore, we the people of the Middle-Belt of Nigeria comprising: Kwara State, Kogi State, Benue State, Plateau State, Nasarawa State, Taraba State, Niger State. The Federal Capital Territory, as well as the southern parts of Adamawa State, Kaduna State, Kebbi State, Bauchi State, Gombe State, Yobe State and Borno State wish to lend our united voice behind the Middle-belt Forum (MBF) and other affiliate groups to the following:
We, the people of the Middle Belt of Nigeria wish to let the world know that we are NOT a part of Northern Nigeria and nobody in the Northern part has the mandate to speak for us.
We, therefore, dissociate ourselves from the infamous so-called ‘’KADUNA DECLARATION of the 6th of June 2017 that demanded the exit of our Igbo brothers and sisters from the Northern parts of Nigeria with a threat to their lives and properties.
We commend recent moves by the Federal Government under the leadership of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to nip this challenge in the bud and we call on all Nigerians and those living in Nigeria to support the Federal Government to not only restore peace but to move Nigeria to greater heights.
These recent developments in the country, with the dangerous propensity they connote, have made it imperative for us to call for this world press conference. We want the entire nation and the global community to note the following:
(1) As a key regional block in the Country; historically we paid heavily in fighting for the unity of Nigeria. We cannot, therefore, fold our arms and watch events degenerate into another civil war. No nation in the world has ever survives two civil wars.
(2) We believe that unjust and unfair handling of affairs in government gave rise to agitations from different parts of the country; and the agitations have never been this deep and strong. It, therefore, behooves a responsible government to address the basis for these agitations.
(3) The Middle Belt has been turned into a theater of undeclared war by both Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen (globally adjudged to be the 1st and 4th deadly terror groups in the world).
Their reign of murder and terror on our people and the southern regions of the Country has continued unchallenged, while the government of the day, which is well disposed to contain them has instead protected them; thus, creating a deep mistrust from all other regions of the country against the far northern regions.
(4) IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY GOVERNMENT IS THE PROTECTION OF LIVES AND PROPERTY. IF THEY FAIL IN THIS, THEY HAVE FAILED INDEED.
5)The world community may wish to note that the Hausa-Fulani community in the country has the most effective communication and ethnocentric network that could have been exploited by government since it is the same group that is in power now, noting that this was one of their electoral promises to Nigerians. Hostility would have ceased in a matter of days, if there was any determination on their part to do so by exploiting this network.
Another case in point is the clear double standards exhibited by this Government that did nothing when thousands of Christians in the States of Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Southern Borno, Southern Kaduna and parts of Southern Nigeria were brutally murdered by the Fulani herdsmen during almost a decade of a killing spree; but were quick to send a strong military contingent within a week to Taraba state when it was alleged that a few of these same murdering Fulani herdsmen had been killed in the state. This speaks volumes of Government’s body language.
(6) The Middle Belt; therefore; strongly condemns the so called Northern Youths’ call on Igbos to leave the North.
Nigeria belongs to all of us and we call on all to disregard the Arewa call.
For the avoidance of doubt, any recourse to threaten any of our brothers from other regions will be met with stiff resistance from the Middle Belt.
(7) We also condemn in the strongest terms, the perceived parting on the back by some Arewa so called Elders to these misguided Arewa Youths whose conduct is inimical to the peaceful and cooperate existence of this nation.
(8) We call on the global community to take judicial note of the double standards of these Northern Leaders who will scold and call for the arrest of these youth in public BUT behind the scene, they actively support them; which is why several weeks thereafter; NO ARREST HAS BEEN MADE TO DATE; rather they are given free backing to make more inflammatory remarks.
(9) Please, let the world be advised that the Middle Belt is NOT part of the North and nobody has our mandate to speak for us. We call on other regions of the country to consider us as Middle Belters which is our identity and that like them too; we have fared worse under the feudal Fulanis and the Hausa North. In collaboration with the Southern parts of Nigeria, we are prepared to break this chain, till all Nigerians are equal and free. We, therefore, call on the Southwest; Southsouth (our twin brothers) and Southeast to partner with us on the United Nigeria project that is RESTRUCTURED; free and fair to all its citizens and liberated from the shackles of these minority oppressors. We see you all as our brothers.
(10) Until and unless it becomes totally inevitable; we strongly support a united Nigeria that is restructured for the common good of all its federating units.
(11) On the National Conference Report; we condemn the hypocritical posture of the north. It is ethically and morally reprehensible to have its members participated and sign the report; that was arrived at by consensus; only to back out at the 11th hour after having come to power.
We, therefore, call for the report’s full implementation by government.
The global community should take note.
(12) We wish to express our gratitude to those who have carried our struggle and fight as their fight and struggle. We Commend Gov. Ayo Fayose for being a strong voice of conscience in the land and Jerry Gana for his recent comments about Middle Belt.
Our great tribute goes to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode for his continued support and encouragement of the Middle Belters.
You are all friends of the Middle-Belt that have stuck more closely than a brother. Our passive leaders and Elders should be touched by this development of unparalleled love, patriotism and courage for the region by these our brothers and friends. …………………
Thank you all, distinguished members of the press, for coming to help us tell the world our story.
Long live the Middle Belt. Long live our brotherly regions of the federation.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
God bless you all.
Comr. AYUBA EWUGA TIMOTHY National President Eggon Students
Comr. NGBOKAIJI NGON MAIKASUWA National President Mada Students
Convener G17 Mr. Dachung Musa Bagos
National President Gure Youth Movement Mr. Solomon Guli
Comr. FELIX YAGAZIE SYLVANUS National President Welfare Association of Igbo Students in Northern States of Nigeria.
Comr. Musa Yunusa O. National President Alago Students
Comr. Solomon Damina President Nasarawa North Senatorial Youth Forum
Ag. President Cham Youth Progressive Association(CYPA). Mr. Kenar Heman,
COMRADE NEHEMIAH ZAKKA, NATIONAL PRESIDENT ZAAR(SAYAWA) YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION(ZAYODA)
Jukun Youth Development President Mr. Bako Benjamin
National Union of Kaltungo Shongom Youth Movement. Comd. Bashir Barau Yakubu.
Comr. AKUBA AKAMUGA STINGO National President Migili (Koro) Students
Kefas Buba, President, CAN Political Youth, Borno State
Aliyu Ahmed Yusuf. Pero Chongeh Association (filiya)
Comrade Yusuf E. Bajahry, National President, Tapshin Youth Movement (TYM)
Sule Isa Yambam Mambilla National Youth President Taraba State
Samuel Amfani Kono National Youth President Association 08062550992, 08094345658
Timothy Dyiltu Ngas Youth Movement (NYM); PLATEAU -President
Mr. Tongkit Sinday Sambo President KADUNG DEV. ASSOCIATION, PLATEAU -PRESIDENT:
Comr. Aminu Shama National President Wamba-Farin Ruwa Students.
Engr. Bulus Sanchi National President of Zuru Professionals Worldwide
Phillip Shikaa National President of TIV Community OF Student Worldwide
Amos Adziba, Chibok Youth Progressive Forum (CYPF)
Choji Dalyop Chuwang National President Berom Youth Movement (BYM)
Dondo Shande (Coordinator Ayatutu Youth Movement
Yakubu Kirau National President Kurama Youth Association 0802 080 9873
Ayuba David Azzaman National Coordinator Core Middle Belt Values
Barr. Mordecai Alex Chup Aten Youth Movement Association NATIONAL President
Aten Development Association: President – Mr. Chom Bagu
Mr. Yohanna Badau Kare-kare National Youth Development President
Madu Bomawa National President Ngizimawa Youth Association To be State
Isaak Yakubu National Youth President Gamawa Youths Association, Yobe State
Peter Audu National Youth Bolawa Development association, Yobe State
Engr Samson Kirono National President GBAGYI Engineers association of Nigeria
Moses Haruna, Gbagi Youth Association Niger State President
Maram Abednego Middlebelt Pathfinders
Mr. Nasiru Jagaba National Youth President SOKAPU
MARK MIJIYAWA, NATIONAL PRESIDENT TANGLE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
YAHAYA AMBI, NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER WAJA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
USMAN TAURE, NATIONAL PRESIDENT TULA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Professor Casmir E. Gimba, President Gwong Development Association.
Dr. John Danfulani, Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA)
Abraham John President NEW Nigerian YOUTH Initiative
Mr. Abel Abaji General Secretary Ham Youth Development Association
Caleb Abarshi, National Youth President Sikdawa Youth Development Association
Comrade Manasseh Shetima, National Youth President Mbat Youth Development Association
Professor Casmir E. Gimba, President Gwong Development Association.
George Makeri National President Nenzit Patriotic Front
Ibrahim Bunu (QS)
Arch. Godwin William
Mr. George Makeri
Mr. Dachung Musa Bagos
Dr. John Danfulani
Mr. Benjamin Bako
Mr. Nasiru Jagaba
Mr. Gyang Botsha