By Taye Obateru
Jos— The Middle Belt Development Association has called on the Federal Government to take decisive steps to end the violence being unleashed on Nigerians in parts of the country by the Boko Haram sect.
The group in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan said this had become necessary in view of the recent classification of the group as a terrorist organization.
The letter entitled: “The Middle Belt Region Abandoned” and jointly signed by National President of Middle Belt Youth Forum, Comrade Pius Attah and Secretary of Middle Belt Development Association, Dennis Dateer chronicled various issues which they noted were against the interest of the region.
The letter alleged that the Middle Belt Region had been suffering neglect and attacks which have resulted in increasing insecurity, poverty, famine, high level of school drop outs, among others, which should be accorded attention.
“It has become very obvious that the long-plotted strategies to subdue, subjugate and castrate the Middle Belt Region in the country is no longer hidden but in full force for factors earlier stated above. No doubt, the increasing wave of political marginalization, religious extremism and other forms of unnecessary violence which have continued unabated are undermining the existence of the Middle Belt Region”, the letter said.