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Sun, Jul 30, 2023 11:25 AM

Injustice, Marginalization, and the Quest for Justice in the Middle Belt

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Injustice, Marginalization, and the Quest for Justice in the Middle Belt
The All Middle Belt Youth Forum (AMBYF) has called for justice, equity, and fairness in the governance of states in the Middle Belt region. They condemned the alleged marginalization of other ethnic groups in Benue State and the lack of rotation of the governorship position. This article explores the AMBYF's concerns and the need for positive change in the region.

Amidst cries of marginalization and the alleged oppressive system in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria, the All Middle Belt Youth Forum (AMBYF) has taken a bold stance in the quest for justice, equity, and fairness in the governance of the states within the area. The AMBYF, an apex youth organization representing the voice of the youths in the region, has raised serious concerns about the status quo and the alleged age-long marginalization of other ethnic groups by the dominant Tiv ethnic group.

In a joint statement by Comrade Aluh Moses Odeh and Comrade Aliyu Tiga Wamba, AMBYF National Leader and National Secretary respectively, the group expressed their frustration at the oppressive system under which the Middle Belt states are being governed. They lamented the attacks on individuals who have been advocating for a new order in the region, particularly those who highlight the marginalization experienced by ethnic groups such as the Idomas.

The AMBYF strongly condemns the coordinated attacks directed towards Comrade Baba Atser Gundu, a prominent Youth Leader, for his courageous disposition against oppression and injustices being meted out on other ethnic nationalities in Benue State. It is claimed that such attacks are intended to silence those who challenge the Tiv ethnic group's hegemony.

The group criticized the lack of fairness and injustice prevalent in the political landscape of Benue State. They highlighted that since the state's creation, no other ethnic nationality apart from the Tiv people has produced a civilian governor. Furthermore, they emphasized the absence of a rotational system for the governorship position within Benue State, unlike other states in the Middle Belt region. They argue that this situation marginalizes ethnic groups such as the Idomas, Etulo, Abakpa, Jukun, Igede, and Nyifon who are perceived as inferior or subservient citizens.

Bearing in mind the principles of democracy, the AMBYF firmly believes that true democracy can only exist when justice, equity, and fairness prevail. They argue that the attacks on Comrade Baba Atser Gundu and others demanding positive change must be condemned and resisted by all indigenes of the Middle Belt region.

The AMBYF invokes the words of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), who once urged citizens to "stand on what is right, even if you are standing alone." They vow to stand with Comrade Baba Atser Gundu and demand equity, justice, and fairness in sharing and rotating political offices in Benue State.

The group draws attention to neighboring Nasarawa State, where the governorship position has been rotated among all three senatorial districts since its creation and the advent of democracy in 1999. This serves as an example of fairness and inclusivity, further highlighting the need for change in Benue State.

In conclusion, the AMBYF's call for justice, equity, and fairness in the governance of states in the Middle Belt region is an important reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by marginalized ethnic groups. The Middle Belt should be a region where every citizen feels included, respected, and fairly represented.

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