Middle Belt Forum Condemns Alleged Blockage Of Food Items To Southern Nigeria

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

The Middle Belt Forum, (MBF), has described as orchestrated and unpatrotic attempt of an alleged video clip showing the illegal blocking of food items to the South from the North at a Jebba village in Niger State by some unidentified persons.

The forum said it is opposed to such an act which it believes is capable of creating a rift and widening the fragility of the corporate existence of the country.

The Middle Belt Forum, in a statement issued by its National President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, said, “The attention of the Middle Belt Forum has been drawn to a video clip showing the illegal blocking of food items to the South from the North at a Jebba village in Niger State by some yet to be identified persons. 

“We are not only stunned by this act which we believe is orchestrated by some unpatriotic elements, but also shocked at this despicable action.

“The Forum wishes to categorically state that as an organisation that represent ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt Region, we are irrevocably opposed to such an act which we believe is capable of creating a rift and widening the fragility of our corporate existence.”

The forum noted that for such persons to block food items being transported to the South from the North is not only criminal, but also intended to throw the entire nation into chaos. 

It called on the Federal Government and other relevant security agencies to flush out these hooligans in order to discourage retaliation from the southern part.

According to the statement, “Amidst the ongoing banditry in various parts of the country, the deliberate blockage of food items is nothing short of waging another form of terrorism on Nigerians. We cannot as a nation afford to deal with these urchins and bandits with kid gloves.” 

It explained that the Federal Government needs to do something drastically to send clear signals that outlaws who threaten the country would never have it easy with the government. 

“If we must take back our nation from these demons of destruction, we must never negotiate and treat them softly,” the forum advised.

It explained that as the umbrella organization for all ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt, the forum firmly believe that the only way for a prosperous Nigeria is restructuring, stressing that it would not only broaden the country’s potentials but give ethnic nationalities in the Nigerian Nation a space to develop and fully realise their potentials. 

The forum advised, “We must avoid any form of aggressive tendencies in resisting and enthroning the victory of unpatriotic elements. If some elements should block the transportation of petroleum products to the North from the South as retaliatory measures, what likely consequences would this have on our nation?”  

It noted that Nigeria is passing through one of its darkest periods, pointing out that the best way out is not to allow lawless brigands to take over the country but to unite against the common foes that are out to throw the country into the abyss of destruction. For the avoidance of doubt, we believe in a United Nigeria that is founded on inclusivity and not exclusivity. 

According to the forum, for those who are committed to the enthronement of ethnic supremacy should better be told that they have arrived too late in the day, stressing that, “What is needful now is the obliteration of these bandits and hooligans that are now fueling separatist agenda. 

“President Muhammadu Buhari should rise up now and bring these lawbreakers and bandits to justice. Anything short of this amounts to patting these blood-thirsty terror gangs.”

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