Following the recent crisis that erupted between the Jukuns in Taraba state and the Tivs in Benue state, which claimed lives with properties worth millions of naira destroyed, the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has sued for peace and understanding between the waring communities living at the border of both states.
The governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, disclosed that him and his Taraba state counterpart, Darius Ishaku have taken far reaching measures to end the conflict and restore lasting peace to the border communities.
The governor lamented the situation where trivial issues between persons will always lead to full grown crisis that can forced many people to flee from their homes.
He therefore condemned the conflict, which has led to loss of lives and destruction of property, rendering many innocent people homeless.
“Myself and my Taraba State counterpart have taken far reaching measures to end the conflict and restore lasting peace to the border communities,” he said.
Ortom appealed to the people of the affected communities to support the peace initiatives of the government of the two states to prevent further conflicts in the area.
He urges Jukuns and Tivs in particular to emulate the examples set by their sons, the Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Diocese of Jos and Rev. Fr. James Bature whose peace building efforts have immensely contributed in the settling of the age-long rivalry between the two ethnic groups spread across Taraba and Benue states.
“There is no alternative to peace, which was why I promptly directed my Adviser on Security to visit Taraba State shortly after the unfortunate incident where he held meetings with key stakeholders including the Aku Uka of Wukari, as well as Chairmen of Ukum (Benue) and Wukari in (Taraba) local government areas,” he added.
While sympathizing with victims of the crisis, the governor assure them that security agencies have been directed to apprehend perpetrators of the violence for prosecution.