The Middle Belt Forum has described the attack on Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State as an affront on the people and attempts to destabilise the region.
Coordinator of the Forum in Plateau State, Mr. Manasseh Watyil, said in an interview in Jos on Wednesday that Suswam’s dogged determination to defend the people of the region had earned him opprobrium from those who did not wish the region well.
He said the Middle Belt viewed the attack on the Benue State governor as a calculated attempt to distebilise the entire MB nation.
“Governor Suswam is becoming too vocal, fighting the cause of the middle belt. Our elders need to join hands with Governor Suswan to really actualise the dreams of our fore fathers. We must bury our ethnic and other differences to proceed with the struggle of our forefathers in the likes of Joseph Tarka, J. D. Gomwalk, Patrick Dokotry, Pastor David Lot and a host of others,” said the coordinator.
He asked President GoodLuck Jonathan to rise to the occasion and protect the people of the region.
He added, “Jonathan should know that he can not do without the Middle Belt for him to get to where he is going, he must protect us.”