Calling Middle-Belt Governors
At the advent of states creation in 1967, a body known as the Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA) was established ostensibly to manage common assets of the states of the defunct Northern Region of Nigeria. The agency wound up in 1970, and a more sinister arrangement was substituted whereby the governors of the so-called North meets regularly to discuss some assumed issues of common interest.
Experience has shown that both the ICSA and the Governors of the defunct North meetings were merely clever political devices to perpetuate the subjugation of the Middle-Belt people. It is a fact that no benefits have accrued to the Middle-Belt people through the New Nigerian Development Company (NNDC), Northern Nigeria Investment Ltd (NNIL), Bank of the North (BON), the New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN), which late Mvendaga Jibo named as seat of “Kaduna Mafia.” The late Jibo was then a senior political reporter with the New Nigerian Newspapers.
These outfits were maintained through public funds for the purpose of stifling the growth and development of the Middle-Belt people and not for their commercial viability or profits. The zone was conquered by the British, and the British later turned round and handed it over to the Hausa/Fulani to administer because they found that the Hausa/Fulani were very loyal to them.
The Hausa/Fulani milked the good people of the zone in the name of “unity.” Or how else could one explain the fact that the New Nigerian Newspaper remained at the newsstand, and papers established by Middle-Belt states such as the Nigerian Standard, the Herald and the Voice were made to remain epileptic or dead?
The Middle-Belt people have over the years been calling on the Middle-Belt Governors to stop attending the useless meetings of the so-called Northern States, which they do not belong. They should spare the tax payers’ money and channel such funds to solving the dire and urgent needs of the people of the Middle-Belt, particularly now that the salaries of the people have not been paid for over six months.
In the same vein, the Middle-Belt’s Chiefs and Emirs, Senators and Members of Houses of Legislatures should set up Middle-Belt caucus in each of the various Houses of Legislatures to articulate and pursue similar objectives and find ways and means of securing jobs for the youth of the zone.
Traditional Rulers and Chiefs of the zone are reminded of the cheating, suffering and enslavement of the people of the zone over the years. They are, therefore, advised to desist from attending slavish meetings of the so-called Northern Emirs and Chiefs, which are designed to portray the people as modern day slaves.
The Middle-Belt is a Region of ethnic nationalities of Nigeria, and let this be said loud and clear. No human patience can be held in abeyance forever, and no one gains from organised violence except those whose industry is looting and thievery. Enough for the religious pretence, political arrogance, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen. Enough is enough.