Prof. Jerry Gana, a former Minister of Information and current National President of the Middle Belt Forum, during his preaching at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Maitama Diocese of Abuja on Sunday, told northerners preaching division that if Nigeria breaks, the minorities in the Middle Belt will not follow them.
Prof. also condemned the Coalition of Arewa Youth Groups for issuing a quit notice to Igbo living in the North.
Read Jerry Gana’s speech:
“They think when it comes to break up, we will go along with the North. We have already told them that if they allow this country to break up, we are not going with the North. We are staying where we are. So, just take notice. If it comes to that, we will tell you that you are Arewa and we are ‘Middle Belters.’
“We love Nigeria and it was changed to a federal system because of the minorities so that we can have a place. So, we love Nigeria but in the unlikely event that people want to go their way, the Arewa in the Sahel will go. But we will remain here in the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“In this country, there are no second class citizens. We are all first class. We are all sons and daughters of this land and that was why I decided to call a conference of all the minorities from 14 states and we had to state in clear words that the quit notice was totally unconstitutional. This is our home”.
“In democracy, dialogue is the language, consultation is the way. Two cannot work together unless they agree. So, there needs to be dialogue and mutual respect.
“Anywhere you have diversity of ethnicity or religion in the world, the type of system that works is federalism. And that is the way. And each one must build his federal system the way it suits him. It cannot be imposed; it cannot be engineered in favour of one person”.