The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has dared the Federal Government to succumb to public request of revealing the sponsors of Boko Haram, especially the 400 Bureau de Change (BDC) operators as named by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities, and discharge itself of culpability.
This was disclosed in a communiqué released after a two-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of MBF, at the weekend, in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Signed by Dr. Pogu Bitrus, the National President of the forum, the press release expressed grave concern, especially given the report by the United Nations (UN) that the Federal Government privately engaged in ‘Sulhu’ (negotiations) with Boko Haram terrorists and reportedly offering them monetary rewards.
Objecting to the project and any form of amnesty for insurgents and terror groups who have their hands dripping with blood, MBF said: “NEC is also vehemently opposed to any planned recruitment of so-called repentant terrorists into the national security architecture.”
The forum also requested 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of election results.
“Since democracy is about the wishes and aspirations of the people, we call on both the National Assembly and the Presidency to reconsider their position on electronic transmission of election results and yield to the wishes of the Nigerians, who are demanding 100 per cent implementation of e-transmission of electoral results to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.”
It noticed that the country had been thrown into a critical situation of insecurity induced by the activities of terrorists, armed Fulani militia, kidnappers, and other criminal elements.
“This spate of insecurity has pushed the nation to the precipice. NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to arrest the situation and save the nation from another civil war.
It added: “Consequently, NEC calls on the government to set up Middle Belt Development Commission (MBDC) to serve as an intervention agency in addressing the challenges caused by the activities of these terrorists.”
On the zoning arrangement in terms of power rotation between the North and the South, the group portrayed it as unfair treatment, as it failed to acknowledge the Middle Belt geopolitical bloc.
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