Group says 673 ethnic groups marginalized in northern Nigeria

Northern emirs meeting

673 ethnic groups suffer marginalization in the North.

Representatives of about 320 ethnic groups in northern Nigeria have alleged the marginalization of their people in the scheme of affairs in northern Nigeria.

The groups laid their complaints on Sunday in Jos, Plateau during the closing ceremony of a three day national conference organized by the Berom Outreach Ministries, BOM, in collaboration with Stefano’s Foundation, a Christian based human right international group.

According to organizers of the program, 320 out of the 399 ethnic groups invited to the program attended.

The director of BOM, Chris Bature, and program coordinator Stefano’s Foundation, Mark Lipdo, told journalists at the event that 673 ethnic groups that suffer marginalization in the north have been identified.

In its resolutions, the conference called for equal distribution of national wealth and the re-introduction of native policing to help tackle security challenges.

The conference also called for the respect of the fundamental human rights of indigenous minorities.

“There is a deliberate denial of development in non-Muslim indigenous communities in northern Nigeria,” the statement said. “Non-Muslims are marginalized with respect to admission into schools, denial of roads, infrastructure, employment, hospitals, grant of Certificates of Occupancies, building plans for churches, appointments and promotion, etc.”

The group also said there is favoritism with respect to compensation and government response in situations of violence and conflict.

“Whenever non-Muslims are victims, they are ignored however, when Muslims are victims, they are promptly compensated and settled.”

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