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Friday, 23 June 2017

Middle Belt, Northern minorities call for 12 regions, 54 states in Nigeria



Leaders of the Middle Belt and other Northern minorities, on Thursday urged the Federal Government, to immediately begin the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report, to address the agitations for the restructuring of the country.
The meeting, which was convened under the aegis of Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum, was attended by other leaders from Adamawa, Taraba, Southern Kaduna and the six states in the North Central zone.
The meeting was presided over by former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana and had in attendance: former Deputy Senate Leader, Jonathan Zwingina from Adamawa; Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (rtd) also from Adamawa; former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Ahmadu Ali from Kogi State; and former Senate President, Iyiorchia Ayu, from Benue State.
One of the resolutions reached in line with the recommendations of the 2014 confab, was that a structure of 12 regions as federating units with 54 states, would be better for the country.
A statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum, John Dara, reads: “In a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious country like Nigeria, the federal system makes enormous sense, because it allows the federating units to fully look after their local affairs and to develop at their own pace. Therefore, we hereby renew our loyalty, love and strong support for a united Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We appeal to all separatist agitators to allow the restructuring initiative to run its full course. We need to stay and work together to ensure that new leadership that can make Nigeria great emerges in the next elections. Read more
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