The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has said the breakdown of security and various national institutions is an indication that Nigeria is a failed state, noting that the nation had been in a state of war for over a decade and could no longer attract foreign investment flow because of instability.
The Forum said this in a communiqué, co-signed by the MBF National President and National Secretary, Dr Pogu Bitrus and Senator Shem Zagbayi, after a one-day conference for Middle Belt ethnic nationalities held in Abuja on Monday.
It stated that the government had no will to maintain public order, but noted that the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations could address many of the crises facing the country.
The group condemned the ongoing bloodshed in the Middle Belt region, calling for resistance to the infiltration of the region by attackers.
It read, “Nigeria is a failed state. We may not like it but Nigeria is now a failed state. It is a nation where the institutions have broken down, the state has no credibility to maintain public order, the youths feel that their future has been mortgaged, there is grand corruption.
“At current path dependence, Nigeria will not survive by 2030. American War Colleges have been using Nigeria as an example of failed states predicting now and again the collapse of Nigeria, from 2011 to 2015 and now 2030.”
“All governors and members of the National Assembly from the Middle Belt should begin the agitation for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference as a panacea for the survival of Nigeria; restructure and remove the structural imbalances that occasion the terrible injustices against the peoples of the Middle Belt. The amendment to the constitution should work towards providing special rights for minorities in our laws.”