Middle Belt Dialogue, made up of minority groups in the North on Wednesday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of betraying them by not recognising and appointing their own people into government, preferring to empower those planning his downfall in 2015.
The group also accused the President of neglecting Middle Belt communities that were affected by the post-election violence of 2011 despite voting enmasse for him during the elections.
They noted that out of about 22 ministers appointed by the President from the 19 northern states, only five of them were appointed from local governments that actually supported and voted for him during the elections.
In a statement by Emma Alamo on behalf of the group’s Central Committee, the body wondered why the President decided to marginalise them after giving him all their support and preferred instead to “hobnob with those that promised to make the country ungovernable for him.”
They were reacting to the nomination of the governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 elections in Kebbi state, Kabiru Turaki as a minister representing the state in place of Gen. Ben Ushe who was earlier proposed for the position following the sacking of Halilu Bello Mohammed as Minister of Defence.
The statement said, “Jonathan has gone out of his way to placate those who vigorously, albeit violently, opposed his election as President of the Federal Republic, and promised to make the country ungovernable, should he win the 2011 election.”