The United Middle Belt Youth Movement, UMBYM, a regional pressure group in the North Central Nigeria, has threatened not to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second tenure come the 2015 general elections if he fails to address the insecurity in Nigeria.
“Our major concern is about the security of our people that has been lingering over the years,” the National President of the group, Emmanuel Zopmal, said on Tuesday at a press conference in Jos.
“We want to stress here that we are not going to be used as political tools come 2015 general elections by politicians in the name of middle belt, but we would decide for ourselves, because the leaders have not shown sincere commitment to the issues of the youths of middle belt.”
Speaking on the increasing insecurity in Nigeria, Mr. Zopmal noted with dismay that the middle belt youth were the most affected. He urged that they should be carried along in decision making concerning security issues.
The group worried that the insecurity within the middle belt had created several refugee camps in 15 states of the region without adequate care for the victims by government.
It also called on governments at all level, as a matter of concern, to provide adequate security for the citizens or lose the group’s support for 2015 general elections.
“Middle belt region over the years have been under intense pressure of attacks and killings, wanton destruction of lives and property, mass exit of our people from their homes as internally displaced persons,” it said. “We therefore call on both the federal and state governments of the middle belt region to intervene in this situation by giving support and not just being concerned with politics.”
The group charged President Jonathan to immediately address insecurity in Nigeria.
It called on its 109 members from the 15 states that make up the middle belt region to defend themselves.
The group expressed concern at the backwardness in the educational pursuits of citizens of the region and appealed to governments of the affected state to reawaken the sector through good governance.
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