By Nick Dugba.
The Special Adviser, Political Affairs to Governor Darius Ishaku, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa, has berated those who have attached a religious coloration on the Mumuye/ Fulani clashes in Lau LGA, attributing such as a product of mischief makers, whose stock in trade was painting the government in bad light.
Bawa made this disclosure during an exclusive interview with reporters in his office in Jalingo, Friday.
According to Bawa, the crises has nothing to do with religion nor the governor’s statement.
“You see, if people sit down idle, instead of preaching peace, they always want to instigate trouble to continue the crises. We in Taraba, if we say Fulani and Mumuye are fighting, what brought religion into it? They say Christians should defend themselves, and that the governor said Christians should defend themselves. Did the governor say so or is it that Fulani and Mumuye are fighting?” he asked.
Bawa continued by saying that no citizen will abandon his search for daily living in pursuit of religion and that “Taraba is a State for both Christians, Muslims and even idol worshippers”.
He also gave further proof that the crises were not religious by asking, “are there no Mumuye people who are Muslims?”
“In fact, there is Pastor Jaye; he is a Fulani man. In fact, he is Bororo and not the modern Fulani. He lives in Dan Anacha”, he adduced.
According to the Special Adviser, the governor has lost sleep in the past three days over the Lau crises, and said that the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu is up and doing on the Lau crises.
The Special Adviser also revealed that Governor Ishaku is presently in Kashimbila to supervise the Peace Agreement between the Tiv, Fulani and Jukun ethnic groups, and wondered how such a person could instigate trouble in Lau.
He is, however, optimistic that the current peace initiatives will result in a success and therefore advised Tarabans to desist from rumour peddling and mischief making.
“God says you have to be sure of whatever you are saying. But people just go around fabricating tales that are false”.
I, therefore, call on Tarabans that living in peace is a must. We must seek for it as if we are seeking for paradise because if we get this peace, everything would be possible.
If someone hurts you and you insist on revenge, there won’t be peace. But please go and report to the authorities”, he concluded.