Our attention has been drawn to a divisive and inciting post on social media by one Mr. Benjamin Bako saying Taraba State Deputy Governor Engr. Haruna Manu Security is not guaranteed in Southern Taraba, this is a threat to our internal security and a breach of protocol.
The post is callous, barbaric, uncalled for and unconventional in a Jukun Society, among the Jukun leaders and the entire Jukun People in Southern Taraba Senatorial District, Benjamin Bako has only spoken for himself and not he Jukun Nation.
The Jukun Youths and Socio-Cultural Development Association is the central body that is legally and traditionally recognized by the Jukun Traditional leaders, elders and the entire Jukun people in Nigeria.
The body usually holds its election after four years in line with the consent and approval of His Majesty, the Aku Uka.
Jukun Development Association of Nigeria JDAN is a creation of Bako Benjamin solely to enrich himself and his family, even if it means compromising the values and prestige of the Jukun Nation.
Therefore, in an unequivocal term during an emergency meeting of the officials of the Jukun Youths and Socio-Cultural Development Association, we, in a strong term condemned the post by Benjamin Bako and his general campaign of hatred against the person of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who is working tireless to see that peace reign in Southern Taraba and Taraba State.
Benjamin Bako does not live in Taraba State, he lives with his family in Lagos and has never been to Southern Taraba to join the Government of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and the people of Southern Taraba in the process of making peace and reconciliation between the Jukun/Tiv.
However, we wish to commend the efforts and statesmanship of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku in ensuring that peace and normalcy return to Southern Taraba.
We also salute the fair representation and commitment of Engr. Haruna Manu, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State to see that the lingering crisis comes to an end.
As stated in the press release by the Commissioner of Information and Re-Orientation, Barrister Danjuma A. Adamu, with the efforts of Governor Darius the crisis seemed to have ended since September 2019 not until the recent renewed attacks by the suspected Tiv militias (Wukari was attack four times in two weeks and a Jukun man named Yusuf was killed while his wife was abducted) along Donga road.
We want to assure the Deputy Governor that his security is guaranteed in Southern Taraba. The people of Southern Taraba appreciate his commitment for peace not only between Jukun/Tiv but in Taraba State as whole, his integrity and loyalty to his boss (Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku) is never doubted.
We call on all peace-loving and patriotic people of Taraba South to join hand with Governor Ishaku in his zeal, determination and commitment for peaceful coexistence and harmonious living in Taraba State and among the good people of Taraba State.
It is very sad and disheartening that Benjamin Bako has politicized the unfortunate crisis between the Jukun/Tiv for his selfish political interest, cheap popularity and financial gain by trying to misinform and mislead our youths on Social Media on daily basis. This is very sad to say the least.
In spite of the renewed attack by the suspected Tiv militia, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs and President Wukari Traditional Council, His Majesty, the Aku Uka, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi, Kuvyo II, Jukun Youths and Socio Cultural Development Association, Jukun Elites and Stakeholders have left no stone unturned in ensuring that peace and harmony existed between Jukun/Tiv in both Taraba and Benue States. This is clearly revealed in the various security, peace and reconciliation meetings they initiated and implemented in Taraba and Benue States. Despite these good initiatives of the Governor and Jukun compatriots Benjamin Bako is still on his campaign of calumny against the Governor for reasons only best known to him.
Finally, we warn Benjamin Bako to henceforth desist from inciting crisis in Southern Taraba from the comfort of his home in Lagos, in his best interest he should also stop his negative campaigns and utterances against Governor Ishaku else we will also not guarantee his security in Jukun land generally.
Thank you for listening
President – Hon. Zando Hoku
Jukun Youths and Socio-Cultural Development Association