Northern Leaders have been urged to stop referring to the Middle-Belt people as Northerners.The National Publicity Secretary, Middle-Belt Leaders Forum, Dogo Isuwa, who gave the warning, also asked former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, not to relent in writing letters to President Muhammadu Buhari, on key national issues and other matters that affect Nigeria.Recently, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Leaders had expressed some reservations about the frequent meetings and alliances between Southern Leaders and the Leadership of the Middle-Belt Forum.Asked what he thought about the reservations expressed by the NEF, Dr. Isuwa said: “Yahaya Kwande and his Leader, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who is the Northern Elders Forum President, are daydreaming. They are not only dreaming, they are suffering from illusion. Both men are still living in the past, and the earlier they face the reality, the better. The bitter truth which Ango Abdullahi and Kwande may find difficult to swallow, is that the Middle-Belt is no longer part of the North. It will be very unfortunate if both men have not come to this reality. For emphasis sake, and for further clarification, I am using this medium to inform both men, and others who still reason along Ango Abdullahi and Kwande’s line, that Middle-Belt is not part of the North. NEF and its Leaders should count the Middle-Belt out of their so-called North.”He stated further: “If they are talking about the Middle-Belt being located in the Northern part of the country geographically, that is another thing, but aside that, we have no relationship again with the North Ango Abdullahi and Kwande are talking about. For us in the Middle-Belt, we are an independent entity.”He continued: “Even during the colonial era, and years after colonial era when we were merged with the North, that arrangement never benefited us. That arrangement was never to the best interests of the Middle-Belt, as the so-called North oppressed, and persecuted our people. Even up till today, that persecution has continued through killings of Middle Belt people in Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, and Taraba States, just to mention a few, and Ango Abdullahi, the Northern Elders Forum President, have never spoken out against the killings of Middle-Belt people. And now, he and his NEF members are referring to Middle-Belt as being part of their North. What an illusion.”Continuing, he declared: “The earlier Ango Abdullahi and his NEF members wake to the reality, the better, and the bitter truth I want to emphasise here again is that they should count the Middle-Belt out of their so-called North. The Middle-Belt is an entity on its own. Our link to the North was during the colonial era, and few years after the nation’s independence. But we are no longer part of the North, we are now on our own. We do not want any association with the North. We do not need the North.“I can understand Ango Abdullahi and his NEF members, they need the Middle-Belt, because they are used to exploitation of our people. Northern Leaders have always been depending on the Middle-Belt to achieve their selfish objectives, but we have now removed that yoke, and there is no going back on our decision to remain an independent entity, with no link whatsoever with the North again. We do not need the North”, he concluded.Recall, that the “Middle Belt” region of Nigeria is also known as the North Central region, and is predominantly Christian. This region has been the hardest hit by the Fulani Herdsmen militia attacks, which has claimed thousands of lives, and led to the loss of homes, businesses, farms, and countless hectares of ancestral lands.