Middle Belt faults FG on security, wants Confab report implemented

Middle Belt faults FG on security, wants Confab report implemented

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By Alex Uangbaoje ‎

The Middle Belt  Ethnic Nationalities has said that the relentless attacks on its communities  by alleged armed  Fulani herdsmen over the years have shown that the Federal Government has recorded little success in solving the problem. 

‎It then asked that the 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.

The Middle Belt also insisted that 2014 National Conference report be made into law, while asking that religion and tribe be included in the next census registration.

This was contained in a communique issued by the Association of Middle Belt Ethnic Nationality, ASOMBEN and made available  to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday.

The Communiqué which was signed by its Chairman, Rev. James Pam and its Secretary, Barr. Emmanuel Yavala explained that: “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 ususlly meet quarterly to review our progress.

According to ASOMBEN the following resolutions were reached: “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 Headquatres 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”, the communiqué concluded.‎

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