The National President Of Middle Belt Forum, MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, Tuesday warned that Northern Governors are looking for the disintegration of Nigeria by their resolution at their Kaduna meeting that power would not shift to the South in 2023.
Dr. Pogu who in interview,made Vanguard understand in Makurdi that the support of the Northern Governors for power to still remain in the north,was a threat to the unity of the country and a dire signal that could threaten the very strength of the nation.
He also reminded them that they were not speaking for the people of the Middle Belt who should not be classified as northerners as there was nothing like a monolithic North anymore.
According to Dr. Pogu, “the Governors of the North should first and foremost realize that there is nothing like a monolithic North again. Secondly they should know that the Middle Belt can never be part of such a position that is anti people. So they should all hide their faces in shame for saying power will not go to the south in 2023.
“They should remember that because of what happened to Abiola, in 1999 we zone the presidency to the South West not just South. The country has maintained that rotation so that peace can reign in the country and no part of the country will feel alienated.
“Therefore, in this situation, for them to insist that presidency should be retained in the North after that zone has completed its eight years tenure in 2023, is a shame.
“It means they want Nigeria to break up. That is what they are after. They are not lovers of Nigeria. They are the people who hate Nigeria and it is obvious by the position they took yesterday.
“But they must realize that the Middle Belt is not with them because there is no more monolithic North. Even the traditional rulers of Middle Belt who were invited to that meeting in Kaduna were not with them. They were in attendance and watched what transpired but I can assure you that their hearts were not there.
“On the issue of VAT we know that Governor Wike and his Lagos counterpart felt it was not proper for them to generate VAT and get so little.
“The matter is currently at the Apex court and it is not for anyone to say anything or take a position at this moment. It is the Supreme Court that will determine the position of the constitution and the matter will be rested for good.”