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Tiv group insist Gov. Ishaku must come to Wukari for Peace Meeting


A thirty man peace committee set up by Governor  Darius Ishaku has met with the leaders and stakeholders of Taraba Tiv in Kyado  to find a way of ending the Jukun and Tiv crisis in southern Taraba.


The Tiv from Donga, Takum and Wukari were all present in the meeting with their traditional rulers,  clergy, elders, youths and women, while the Committee which was split into a fifteen man subcommittee also met with the Jukun group simultaneously in Wukari.


At the meeting in Kyado, the Tiv group insisted that Governor Ishaku must personally preside over a peace meeting in Wukari to put an end to the crisis, vowing not to honour any peace  meeting to be presided by his Deputy Haruna Manu.


"Governor Darius Ishaku should come down to Wukari to have a peace meeting with them and the Jukun and not his deputy if he wants to end the crisis. That the problem of Tiv in Taraba State is from Wukari and therefore urge the governor to call Aku Uka and Adi Grace to order since they are the major players in the crisis but if the governor failed, the Tiv are prepared to fight till 2023."


 They accused the governor and his deputy of taking  side with the Jukun in the crisis, "which is the main reason why the crisis had lasted so long," noting that for peace to reign,  "all the displaced Tiv should be allow to return to their ancestral homes unconditionally."


However, the state commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Barr Danjuma Adamu said the State government under the leadership of  Governor Darius Ishaku is determined to end the lingering Tiv Jukun crisis in Southern part of the state.


He explained that the crisis in Wukari between Tiv and Jukun started several decade ago and that Governor Ishaku is the only governor in the history of the state that has done so much to resolve the crisis.

Danjuma explained that part of the commitment of the governor include setting up of several committees and reconciliatory forums adding  that the governor's commitment to peace is commendable.

"This crisis does not start now, it started since the era of Gongola state and subsequent creation of Taraba state. Of all administration that have ruled Taraba state it is only the Darius led administration that has done so much to bring about  peace in the state. you can check out for the record are there."

Adamu noted that Governor Ishaku is not happy over the lingering crisis and want to find a lasting solution to it.

In a meeting in Wukari,  Barr Danjuma Adamu who is also the  Chairman of the Jukun committee in Wukari to appeal to youths of Wukari Local Government to let go the past and embrace everyone in the interest of peace and growth of the State. "And we believe as far as Wukari is concerned there will be immediate cessation of all forms of hostilities."

Adamu asked the youth to propagate the gospel of peace and shun any acts that is detrimental to peace of the area.


Earlier the representative of the Aku Uka, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-lbi Kuvyo II,  Kinda Acio urged the gathering to ensure respecting any message and directive of the government on people .

The meeting has in attendance representative of various security agencies traditional leaders, CAN and Muslim council and various youth organization .

The sub-committee is expected to meet and harmonized their report then submit it to the government with recommendation  to find lasting solution to the lingering crisis between Tiv and Jukun in the southern part of the state. Participants at the meetings agreed that new move now involve those directly affected by the crisis, saying previous government efforts were not successful because the real people the forefront of the crisis were not carried along in the peace process.


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