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Eviction notice: Middle Belt council beckons on Ndigbo

Middle Belt Youth Council (MBYC) has declared their support for the Ndigbo in face of eviction threat by coalition of Arewa youth, saying Ndigbo are always welcome to the Middle Belt, reports ITRealms.

The President of Middle Belt Youth Council (MBYC), Emma Zopmal, in a press statement endorsed by him personally and made available to ITRealms, said they were about the ongoing regional tension in Nigeria today and wishes to make her position clear to the world.

As said by Zopmal, in the light of incessant threats to one Nigeria posed by killer-herdsmen, they want to call on good people of Middle Belt to first of all, support the anti-grazing Bill, stressing that grazing by Fulani herdsmen on Middle Belt land has become the major cause of conflicts in the region.

“We're calling for total ban on open grazing so as to save the lives of our people and their farmlands,” he said.

Also, he noted that Nigeria is facing a daunting challenge of peace and unity but assured on the good citizens of Nigeria that they have been a peace-loving people and remain so.

Warning that in any event one part of the country decides to go away as a separate entity, the Middle Belt is ready to make an independent statement.

“We want to clarify those who think that the Middle Belt is part of the North: God created everywhere and everyone and He gave it to whom He chooses and Middle Belt is a creation of God and not man (Usman bn Fodio),” the council said.

MBYC, therefore said, they choose what to use their land for; how to run it and where we want to be. Middle Belt has been a home for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South-South and the South-West without any form of discrimination against anyone.

“We've accommodated every Nigerian for centuries now. We deserve respect and commendations,” the council said.

MBYC declared that if the Arewa youths are sending away Igbos from their states, “we in the Middle Belt are ready to offer them accommodation in our land for them to continue with their life and businesses.”

Southern Nigeria people, he said, should know that 'Middle Belters' are not northerners and will never be because “we're not affiliated in terms of culture, language, education, economy, and general lifestyle. The Biafran struggle did not come as an accident but as a result of injustice and unfair treatment to regions, people or religion.

Over the years, the group said, the federalism has been a fat lie that deprives political rights and freedom of some sections of the country while others benefit immensely from it. Middle Belt has been at the receiving end of this inequitable arrangement in which people in Southern Kaduna, Southern Bauchi, Southern Borno, Southern Kebbi, Adamawa are under constant alienation and annihilation.

Therefore, Middle Belt strongly stands for reconstruction of Nigeria not only restructuring.
“We'll join hands with Southern Nigerian people to actualize it. In view of this press statement, we want to urge Middle Belters to remain resolute in making sure we protect our future against the claims by the Hausa/Fulani. More so, for want of peace and unity of dear country Nigeria, we call on Igbo nation to feel at home in the Middle Belt in an event they are sent away from the Arewa land,” he submitted.


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