Bantex to Southern Kaduna: Avoid politics of exclusion
A town hall meeting on restructuring organized by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) turned rowdy yesterday when the deputy governor of the state, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, told his kinsmen not to subscribe to politics of exclusion or isolation but adopt politics of inclusion.
Bantex had after delivering the governor’s message on road construction and infrastructure development in southern Kaduna urged his people to drop their agitation for a new state and stop referring to themselves as ‘Middle Belters’. He also warned SOKAPU against trying to take over the functions of elected representatives of the area, saying they must begin to do things with collective interest.
But the people were obviously displeased and began to murmur, asking him to drop the microphone and go away, insisting they were Middle Belters.
Earlier in his keynote address, a former Commissioner for Economic Planning under the late Governor Patrick Yakowa’s administration, Timothy Gandu, stressed the need for Nigeria to be re-structured, saying it would favour them more than any part of the country because the zone according to him has been politically and economically marginalized over the years.