National President of the Middle Belt Forum and former Minister of Information has told northerners in support of Nigeria’s split that the middle Belt will not be part of the North if that happens.
The middle belt which includes Kwara State, Kogi State, Benue State, Plateau State, Nasarawa State, Niger State, the Federal Capital Territory, as well as the southern parts of Kaduna State, Kebbi State, Bauchi State, Gombe State, Yobe State and Borno State has the highest concentration of ethnic groups.
Prof. Gana said this on Sunday while giving his sermon at the St. Matthew’s church, Maitama, Diocese of Abuja (Anglican Communion), in Abuja.
He said, “One of them, who also spoke is a former vice-chancellor. I thank God he didn’t sign my certificate. My own was signed by Prof. Ishaya Audu. How can a man of that stature, of that status, of that level of leadership, say he supports the youths in Kaduna to give to other legitimate citizens, an order to go? Who are you? Who says that?
“In this country, there are no second-class citizens. We are all first class. We are all sons and daughters of this land and that was why I decided to call a conference of all the minorities from 14 states and we had to state in clear words that the quit notice was totally unconstitutional. This is our home.”
In response to the quit notice, the former minister retorted, “They think when it comes to break-up, we will go along with the North. We have already told them that if they allow this country to break up, we are not going with the North. We are staying where we are. So, just take notice. If it comes to that, we will tell you that you are Arewa and we are ‘Middle-Belters.’
“We love Nigeria and it was changed to a federal system because of the minorities so that we can have a place. So, we love Nigeria but in the unlikely event that people want to go their way, the Arewa in the Sahel will go. But we will remain here in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The leader reiterated the need for unity in our diversity, that the solution to the nation’s challenges is for Nigeria to embrace restructuring.