Insecurity: Middle Belt wants Buhari to implement confab report
People of Middle Belt had called on President muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government to dust and implement 2014 National Conference report, while demanding that religion and tribe be considered in the next census registration.
They also requested that command headquarters of Plateau State Joint Task Force (JTF), be moved to Barkin Ladi town, where daily raids on villages in the Local Government Area, LGA, has worsen in the past two months since the FG has not been able to nip in the bud the menace of Fulani herds attacks.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Association of Middle Belt Ethnic Nationality (ASOMBEN), and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday.
The Communique which was signed by Reverend James Pam and Barr. Emmanuel Yavala, Chairman and Secretary respectively, said, “ASOMBEN is an umbrella body of several Middle Belt organisations that share similar aims and objectives which is the protection of the rights, cultures and values of Christians and the Muslim minorities of the Middle Belt. We usually meet quarterly to review our progress.
“We have observed with dismay that the attacks on our communities by suspected armed Fulani men especially in Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Southern Kaduna and Nasarawa states with the Federal Government, FG, doing nothing to stop them, except sent in the JTF after each attack. This has recorded very little success in the past five years.
“We are pleading with President Buhari to change tactics like he did in the North East. Since Barkin Ladi, LGA, of plateau state seems to be the area that are under relentless mass attack by these gunmen in the past two months, we plead that the Command Headquarters of Plateau JTF be moved to Barkin Ladi from Jos.
“The 2014 National Conference made many welcomed recommendations that should positioned this country for better governance, peaceful co-existance and fairer sharing of national resources. We therefore call on President Buhari and all our national legislators to begin the process of submitting executive and private member bills based on these recommendations.
“As government considers another ten year national population census, we demand that tribe, religion, LGA, and districts of origin be included in the data to be enumerated.
“These vital data were included in the 2006 census thus making some sections of the country to make claims that cannot be substantiated, thus giving them undue advangage over others in terms of appointment and sharing of resources,” added the communique.