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Herdsmen Killings: Middle Belt blows hot, withdraws support from North.

 
The Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Bala Takaya, has promised that the people of North-central zone would not work with other parts of Northern Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.

Takaya stated this on Wednesday in Jos at a one-day summit tagged: “Political and Security Situation of Middle Belt: The need for roadmap.”

According to him, attack on one was an attack on all.

He added that this would ensure the zone was recognised as an important region in Nigeria.

He added that the recent handshake across the Niger by leaders of the South-south, South-east and South-west was a build-up to 2019 and reaction to insecurity in Nigeria, especially, in the North-central.

“The handshake across the Niger especially with South/South, South/East and South/West is to address salient issues affecting the zones. We are not standing aloof, we are working together in the struggle for equitable Nigeria through restructuring.

“Leaders from these regions of the country were received by the leadership of the Middle Belt in Benue State in solidarity with the people and government of Benue State over the recent killings. We have solid relationship and we are in support of what the Benue State governor is doing. He should not waver, attack on one is an attack on all,” Takaya said.

Takaya, however, called on the youth of the geo-political zone to be more proactive and defend their God-given lands.

“Middle Belt youths must work together to overcome these challenges. The zone now is under the carpet. In some states, you have to be their surrogates to win elections in spite of your strength and population.

“If you win, it can be upturned but I believe all these can stop if our youths are united for common front,” he said.
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