Former Minister Iyorwuese Hagher has said that there is an agenda against the middle belt, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari should step down.
According to Hagher what was happening genocide against, stressing that the Middle Belt should produce the next president.
“The first time in this country by all standard, globally what we have is an agenda against the Middle Belt,” he told Sun.
“There is nothing like herdsmen/farmers clashes over lands. There is genocide against farmers in the Middle Belt and in one instance or two there is a counterattack against the Fulani ethnic group.
“If genocide is bad, we should not accept it. There has been genocide in our country. This is not the first time people are killing themselves. But with the speed that this one came, it’s a clear indication that we have a government that cannot defend its people.”
According to him, “Even if those videos are not true, Nigeria is a failed state or a failing state. We have the highest number of IDP camps in the world apart from Syria which is in a full blown war.
“We have ethnic genocide and the President, who is to rein the killer herdsmen in, is unable to categorise them as terrorists and all he says is that ‘there is nothing I can do, only pray.’
“We didn’t elect an Imam as President, we are not in a theocracy, we elected the President of a federal republic and not a kingdom. No matter the pretense of anyone in power to become a king, this is not a kingdom, it is not a theocracy it is a democracy.
“Therefore, if it is failing it is expected that the leader surrenders and say there is nothing I can do about it, I am wrong.
“We need to rebuild this country and rebuilding this country means he has to step down because campaigning now as a candidate versus the other candidates, it’s for him to enforce apparatus of state institution.
“And when that is done and he wins the election, he will create more conditions that will lead to more death.
“I am sorry I love the country more than my personal ambition. Far far too many lives have gone and we are at war. The condition to determining when a country has reached war status is 1000. We have surpassed 1000.”