From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Leaders of Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt Forum yesterday threw their weight behind Benue state anti-open grazing law as well as called for restructuring of the nation.
The group consist of South South Forum, Ohaneze D Igbo, Middle Belt Forum and Afenifere socio-cultural group representing South West.
Leader of the Middle Belt Forum, Alh. Bala Taraba noted that is happening in the country is ethnic cleansing, regretting the man er armed herdsmen using sophisticated weapons kill pregnant women and children and want to possess our land.
“This must not allowed to happen. This land is our father’s which we have to bequeath to our children yet unborn. If we allow it to be taken from us what are we going to give to our children? he questioned.
Takaya Lauded Governor Samuel Ortom for enactment of the anti-open grazing law and urged other states of the federation to emulate it.
“We are solidly behind you and ask you to be steadfast”.
On his part, leader of Ohaneze d’ Igbo Chief John Nwodo harped on restructuring, maintaining that the Nigeria Constitution as handed over by the military is a ‘fraud’.
He stressed the need to go back to regional government when the country enjoyed economic growth, frowning out democracy does not respect the voice of the people.
Restructuring of the nation is imperative at this time. If not done, Nigeria will die in seven (7) years. Are we a conquered people? The system is collapsing both economic and security wise. If you politicians do not do anything in restructuring it, Nigerians will dance on your graves”, Nwodo said.
The former Governor of Anambra State lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari for his adamant refusal to visit and sympathize with the Benue people over the invasion by armed herdsmen which led to the death of over 73 persons, saying that any section of the country that such calamity befalls, it behooves on the President to go there and empathize with the people even as he described Governor Ortom as a ‘civilian general’ because of his boldness in rejecting cattle Colonies and insisting in ranching.
Chief Ayo Adebanjo also, emphasized on the need for restructuring of the nation, positing that if the president must keep the country amicably, he must restructure it especially the constitution of the Federal Republic, adding that this must take place before the 2019 general elections.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom appreciated the groups for the visit, noting that it had given him and the people renewed hope and encouragement in furthering the unity of the country.