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The Middle-Belt Region

By our Correspondent.

Most people in this country get confused, or ignorant, of the Middle-Belt Region. Some of the print media in Nigeria went into publicity that the Middle-Belt seeks identification. Which identification, when each and every grown-up Nigerian knows that the Middle-Belt is as old as Nigeria.

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The Region had members of the United Middle-Belt Congress (UMBC) in Parliament in Lagos during the time of J.S. Tarka. Besides, people like Rev David Lot, Amb. Tanko Jolly Yusuf, Edward Mamiso, Josiah S. Olawoye, Bitrus Rwang Pam and many others were in the House of Assembly in the defunct Northern House of Assembly.

It is the carving-out of the six geo-political zones of Abacha’s regime that made the Middle-Belt a beggar for identification. When the military, under Abacha, was carving out the six geo-political zones, a political chieftain of Kwara, in the Middle-Belt, went down asking that the military should not include name of the Middle-Belt, but rather artificial North Central State because, according to him, carving out name of Middle-Belt was to sink identity of Hausas and Fulanis in the North?

If a Kwara Middle-Belter could be so diabolical as to go to Abacha saying he is a Fulani by origin, and requested that name of North Central State be used in place of the Middle-Belt, so as to pretend that the North is vast, when in fact she is presently narrowed to only nine states of North East and North West.

Despite the creation of the artificial (fake) name of North Central State, in 2000, the consciousness of the Middle-Belt was revived on the minds of Middle-Belters. Such artificial name is fraud and, so cannot still maintain the former size of defunct North, nor can it sink the identity of the Middle-Belt. Today, people are much more informed of their identity than yesterday.

If this country shall survive to tell the truth, all the ethnic nationalities within their common geographical locations should be given their rights. This is the only way this country can survive. There is nothing like “North-Central.” It is a complete political lies.

Some of the greedy and irresponsible politicians want to swallow the Middle-Belt and get it buried under the carpet, which is not going to be possible. The term, “North Central,” is fraud, and it will continue to be rejected by the ethnic nationalities of the Middle-Belt Region.

ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF SOME TRIBES IN THE MIDDLE-BELT REGION (Compiled by the Research Department of this Paper).

(A) 1  ADARA

2  AFEZERE

3  AFO

4  AGATU

5  AGOROK

6  AJIRI

7  AKYE

8  ALAGGO

9  ALEMU

10  ALPA

11  AMO

12  ANGUTA

13  ANGAMO

14  ANGAS

15  ANGHAN KAMANTON

16  ANGWAL

17  ANKUNG

18  ARAK

19  ARUM

20  ATYAP

21  AWAK

22  AYU

(B) 1  BACHAMA

2  BA’ISSA

3  BAJU

4  BAKULU

5  BALI

6  BAMBUKA

7  BANDAWA

8  BANDUWA

9  BANGUJI

10  BASSA

11  BASSA-KOMO

12  BASSA-NGYE

13  BATTA

14  BAZZA

15  BEROM

16  BILLE

17  BINAWA

18  BISHINI

19  BOGGHAM

20  BOLEWA

21  BORGU

22  BOSSOKU

23  BULA

24  BURA

(C) 1  CESSU

2  CHALLA-BOKKOS

3  CHAM

4  CHAMBA

5  CHIBOK

6  CHIP

7  CHORI

(D) 1  DADANE

2  DADIYA

3  DINGI

(E) 1   EBIRRA

2   EGGON

3   ETULO

(F) 1   FAKAWA

2   FALI

3   FANTSUM

4   FER

5   FIEM

6   FILIYA

7   FUNNE

(G) 1  GA’ANDA

2  GADO

3  GASI

4  GBAGYI

5  GELEWA

6  GEOMAI

7  GOMUM

8  GONGLA

9  GUDE

10  GUDUF

11  GURE

12  GUTEB

13  GWAMBA

14  GWANDARA

(H) 1   HAM

2   HIGGI

3   HOLMA

4   HONA

(I)   1   IDOMA

2   IGALA

3   IGEDDE

4   INGEZAM

5   ITCHEN

6   IKULU

(J)  1   JANGI

2   JARA/JERA

3   JARAWA

4   JENJO

5   JERE

6   JIBBU

7   JUKUN

8   JABA

(K) 1   KAGOMA

2   KAHUGU

3   KAIBI

4   KAKAN

5   KAKANDAN

6   KAMBARI

7   MANBUL

8   KAMO

9   KAMUKU

10   KANAKURU

11   KANUFI

12   KAREKARE

13   KARINJO

14   KATIN

15   KATUGAL

16   KENYI

17   KIGONO

18   KILBA

19   KINUGU

20   KITIMI

21   KIWAFA

22   KIWULO

23   KOMA

24   KONNA

25   KONO

26   KORO

27   KOTO

28   KPASHAM

29   KULERE

30   KUNJN

31   KURAMA

32   KURORI

33   KUSHI

34   KUTURMI

35   KWAH

36   KWALAWA

37   KWALLA

38   KWASAM

39   KWOI

(L)  1   LA

2   LAMUNG

3   LANJA

4   LAU

5   LEMORO

6   LIBO

7   LONGUDA

8   LORA

(M) 1   MADA

2   MARDAN

3   MARGHI

4   MATAKAM

5   MAVO

6   MBULA

7   MIGBILI

8   MUMUYE

9   MUNCHIKA

10   MUNGA

11   MUPUN

12   MWAGHAVUL

13   MWANNA

(N)  1   NANDU

2   NGIZIM

3   NGWABA

4   NIDEM

5   NINGAWA

6   NINGESHE

7   NINKADA

8   NINKYOP

9   NINZO

10   NINZOM

11   NJANYI

12   NUMANA

13   NUPE

(O)  1   OGORI

(P)   1   PABOR (BABUR)

2   PANSO

3   PERO

4   PITI

5   POTOKOI

(R)  1   RIBANG

2   RINDRE

3   RISHUWA

4   RON/KULERE

5   RUMADA

6   RUMAYA

7   RURUMA

(S)   1   SAMBAN

2   SAYAWA

3   SHENAWA

4   SIYAWA

5   SOLIO

6   SUKUR

7   SURUBU

8   SUWA

(T)   1   TAIMEN

2   TAKKAD

3   TAMBO

4   TANGALE

5   TAROK

6   TARRI

7   TEL (MONTOL)

8   TERA

9   TIGUN

10   TILLAH

11   TIV

12   TSAM

13   TUKU

14   TULA

15   TURKWAN

(U)  1   UDORO

2   UNGWAI

(V)  1   VERRE

(W)  1   WAGGA

2   WAHA

3   WAJA

4   WAKA

5   WULA

6   WUPSI

7   WURKUM

8   WURO

(Y)    1   YANDANG

2   YASHI

3   YANDAM

4   YENJO

5   YESKUWA

6   YESKWA

7   YOFO

8   YORUBA (OKUN)

9   YWOM

10   YUNGUR

(Z)   1   ZARA

From these facts on the ethnic nationalities, the Middle-Belt deserves two regions. The Middle-Belters should, in view of the geopolitical zone at this time of Nigerian democratic experiment, wake up and take their destiny in their hands and work for the economic and political aspirations of their people.

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