BENUE KILLINGS: OUR STAND BY MIDDLE BELT YOUTH COUNCIL

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Fellow Middle Belters, Nigeria is fully back to the state of nature.

 

The unabated killing of our people in their communities is a war

declared on us and President Mohammadu Buhari is sleeping on duty. We

should not make mistake thinking that Nigerian government will stop

this situation.

Every part of the country is defending its territory

now. The Fulani terrorists will leave no part of the Middle Belt

region untouched then they finally face the Southern part of the

country with war. Despite the calls on Federal Government by Middle

Belt people to stop this genocide, Nigerian government has

deliberately allowed Fulani terrorists to kill our people on daily

basis and there’s no end of it in sight. We now call on Middle Belt

people to rise up to this occasion while being law abiding, to defend

themselves with any means available when the situation arises. Our

goodness should not be taken for granted. We do not have trust in

Nigerian government to protect us anymore. The ugly tactics of

Nigerian government in Numan, Plateau, Benue, Southern Kaduna of

recent are proofs that our government is not doing its best to protect

  1. Nigerian government has launched special military Operations and

cracked down on civilian people in different parts of this country but

the Fulani terrorists are treated with kid gloves even when they fired

at Nigerian Air force jet in Numan, Adamawa state. It’s evident that

very soon they will defy Nigerian government authorities openly.

 

It’s very unfortunate that our leaders who have served this country in

the highest capacities have not said or done anything about these

killings. The so-called Northern Elders Forum led by Paul Unongo, who

defected from the Middle Belt, has become a toothless bulldog that

cannot do anything about these killings in his own state, Benue.

General Yakubu Gowon who recently opposed restructuring Nigeria, has

never said or done anything against the killings of his fellow Middle

Belters. Where are our retired officers who made names in defense of

this country? Can’t you see war on us?

 

We also call on the political leaders in the Middle Belt to rise up to

this occasion. Most of you have been blindfolded with party politics

and allow your people to be slaughtered everyday. It makes no sense to

even serve in Buhari’s Cabinet but the same government presides over

the killing of your people. It makes no sense to be in opposition and

keep quite or do nothing over the killing of your people.

 

We express our condolences to our people in Benue state over the

recent genocide that claimed more than 50 people in which a whole

community was sacked by the Fulani terrorists. We do not only condemn

it but also call on our people to defend themselves with any means

available to them. We strongly back the State Governor, His

Excellency, Samuel Ortom to decisively deal with any Fulani terrorist

that violates the Anti-Open Grazing Law in the state. The take over

plans by the Fulanis should not be allowed in any part of the Middle

Belt. We also extend our condolences to our people in Numan, Southern

Kaduna and Plateau state over the recent genocide that claimed many

lives and property.

 

We call on the friends of Middle Belt and the international community

to call on Nigerian government to immediately stop the Fulani militia

from killing our people. We do not wrong anybody but why the killings?

If they are not called to order, definitely it will lead to

lawlessness.

 

Lastly, it is our sincere hope that Nigerian government will take

proactive measures now to put an end to this dastardly acts. We do not

want a situation where our military will be facing fighting internal

problems every now and then because it will definitely polarise them.

We also hope that our military will play their professional roles

independently to protect our people.

 

 

God bless the Middle Belt people

 

Comrade Emma Zopmal

National Youth Leader,

Middle Belt Forum, Youth Wing

 

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