The Middle-Belt Youth Forum has expressed concern over the high number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region, which they estimate to be over three million. The group has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the protracted crisis between invading fulani herdsmen and farmers in the area, which has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and billions of naira worth of property.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja, the group’s leader, Brent Kame, expressed concern that state governments’ efforts to combat the herdsmen’s criminality have been met with staunch resistance from the terrorists themselves. Kame urged the current administration to take resolute action against the marauding herdsmen who have unleashed terror on citizens in the region. He emphasized that Nigeria cannot and must not be handed over to terrorists.
Kame further noted that the Middle Belt has witnessed mass killings, extensive destruction of farms and homes, and a pervasive lack of peace and order. He called for a concerted effort by the government to neutralize the movements of the herdsmen and restore peace to the region. The Middle-Belt Youth Forum is appealing to the government to prioritize the security and welfare of the citizens in the Middle Belt, and take all necessary steps to address the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the area.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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