Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku said he is not deterred by the series of publication aimed at frustrating his peace mission aimed at resettling and giving the Tiv people new lease of life.
According to him, the continuous publication by ThisDay Watch, captioned ”Taraba Crisis: Burn Tiv people to ashes if they resist the town renaming Agenda: DDI urges kinsmen”, written by one Umar Shehu on October 16, 2016, is a personal imagination of the writer and his sponsors.
Sylvanus Giwa said the publication was maliciously written aimed at pitching the Tiv people against the administration of Governor Darius Ishaku, pointing out that, some unscrupulous persons are not happy with the return of the Tiv people to their respective settlements as those that were responsible for sending the Tivs away from their places of abode are determined to frustrate the ongoing initiative.
He maintained that those that are involved in the publication are working on the sensibility and mentality of the Tiv people to spark up another round of crisis, asserting that no amount of publication will stop the ongoing peace and resettlement process and pointed out that peace is key to the success of every society.
The Governor’s spokesman reiterated government’s determination to further intensify the resettlement process so that the affected persons will return and begin to contribute positively towards the development of the state and challenged the perpetrators to desist from frivolous publication and join the present Government in working for the betterment of the state.
Sylvanus Giwa mentioned that all that the State Government is concerned about at the moment is how to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people particularly, in the provision of social amenities to all the nooks and crannies of every Community.
He charged all Tarabans irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliations to support the Rescue Mission of Arc. Darius Ishaku to achieve the lofty projects that he has outlined for the State, particularly, in reducing the poverty level across board in the State adding that, the era of politicking is over and all that is required is collaborative effort to move the State forward.
Speaking on the illusive 42 man committee that was alleged in the ThisDay Watch, the SSA Media and Publicity lamented that, it is unfortunate that the said group is playing with sensibility of the Tiv people and explained that there is no way the State Government will constitute a committee without making it public, without a Chairman to head the committee and even without terms of reference that the committee will work with.
Sylvanus Giwa advised the Tiv community to be weary of rumour peddlers and mischief-makers that do not want the Tiv of Taraba State to live in peace and contribute their quota to the development of the State and described the Tiv people as hard working people tasking them to be cautions of people that do not want them to live in peace and harmony.
The SSA Media encouraged the Tiv Community to always employ dialogue as a viable means of solving issues that affects them and their respective communities, assuring them that Governor Darius Ishaku is poised to accord them all the support they need to be comfortable and go about their normal and legitimate duties unhindered and further challenged them to support the Governor’s effort to permanently nib the crisis in the bud.