Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has once again condoled with the entire people of Mbamnga and Sardauna Local Government over the glorious transition of the Queen Mother of Mbamnga Chiefdom and mother of HRH Amb. Emmanuel Q. Njiwah at her burial and urged them to live a life like that of Mama.
The Speaker, TRHA Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah together with the North East PDP Chairman, Barr. GT Kataps at the burial ceremony of late Ma Nuno in Mbamnga, Sardauna LGA.
The Governor who was represented by the Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah said it was a glorious exit because Mama was a prayerful mother who believed that God should always be the one at the helm of every man’s life and prayed that her soul rest in perfect peace.
In his speech, the Speaker said Ma Nuno (as she is fondly called) was a gem who worked hard and make sure she leaves a happy world behind.
He said that she had wished her son to become a district head but little did she know that she will witness her son becoming a chief (Traditional ruler) which she saw before passing on to glory stressing that her going is a home calling and she should be celebrated and not mourned.
The PDP National Vice Chairman, North East Barr. G.T Kataps brought condolences from His Excellency, former Vice President Alh. Atiku Abubakar and Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman PDP.
Barr. G.T Kataps in his tribute described Mama as a reference for a true Christian life saying as a member of the same church, she was indeed a true worshiper and a prayerful mother.
HRH Amb. Emmanuel Q. Njiwah in a photo with some of the grandchildren of late Ma Nuno.
The North East PDP Chairman said if Mama will not make it to heaven then no one will make it because she was a mother to all and her life was an exemplary one which should be copied by all.
He prayed and urged HRH Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah to be strong and celebrate Mama because she is resting with the lord.
Barr. Kataps on behalf of the NWC of the North East PDP condole with the entire family and pray Mama’s soul rest in peace.
Dignitaries from far and within greased the historic home calling ceremony as tributes were offered about the life of late Ma Nuno.
The burial took place at his home town in Mbamnga Village, Sardauna Local Government of Taraba state.
Mama who was fondly called “Ma Nuno” was committed to mother earth at age 101.
The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has refuted media figures for casualties in the last crisis on the Mambilla Plateau and has disclosed that a total of 264 persons were confirmed to have been killed.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku seated together with his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu (to his right), Rt. Hon. Speaker Abel Peter Diah (to his left) and the Mbonduah Mbamnga, HRH. Amb. Dr. E. Q Njiwah during his visit to Sardauna Local Government Area
The governor made this disclosure on Wednesday, during a stakeholders meeting and distribution of relief materials to victims of the crises in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna LGA of Taraba State.
According to the Governor, the Assessment Committee which visited 53 communities in the area, has discovered that 264 people were killed and not the over 1000 as reported by the media. He added that 209 people were displaced, 19,464 cattle, 6071 sheep as well as one tea processing plant, among others were burnt.
The Governor then sounded a note of warning to the people of Mambilla and Tarabans to “exercise restraint”, while also urging all to be law abiding and consult traditional rulers on any propaganda going around.
He also stated that the creation of chiefdoms in the area was a deliberate policy for reducing tension.
Ishaku called on people of the area to reciprocate the good gesture showed to them by the people of Cameroon when they hosted them during their difficulties, by accommodating them now that they (Cameroon citizens) are seeking refuge in Nigeria.
He, therefore, acknowledged Aliko Dangote for donating N50 million relief funds and promised to use the funds to build a Health Centre in the crisis area.
Earlier on in his speech, Taraba State Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, who led a committee to Cameroon to look into the issue of refugees, commended Gov. Ishaku for his efforts at solving the crises in the area.
He regretted the fact that while his committee was trying to reconcile the warring communities, another crisis erupted in March 2018.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Assessment Committee of the Mambilla crises, His Highness, Emmanuel Njiwah, The Tambon Mambilla, His Highness, Alhaji Shehu Audu Baju 2 and Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Abel Diah, all praised the Governor for his efforts at returning peace to the troubled area.
However, the Speaker who is also Chairman of Sardauna Stakeholders Forum warned that “in as much as we will not stop those from Cameroon from entering Nigeria, they must have respect for the laws of the country”.
Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of cheques to victims of the crises by Gov. Darius Ishaku.
Following the demise of the First Mbonduah of Kabri Chiefdom, Alhaji Garba Julde Wakili Kabri, an acting Mbonduah in person Alhaji Auwal Hammanjulde has been appointed.
Speaking during the event, the Acting Chairman of Sardauna LGA, Hon Rev. Godwill T. Sol urged the people of Kabri to be calm and support the Acting Mbonduah of Kabri, so they can live in peace and harmony.
The acting chairman also thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for being there for Sardauna LGA during the difficult moment.
The Governor who was represented by a delegation headed by the director Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs joined thousands of sympathizers to mourn the late third Class Chief of Kabri Chiefdom.
He described the death of the Mbonduah as a great loss not only to the people of Sardauna LGA but also the State. He noted that the late Chief was a man of reputable character embodied with good leadership qualities which earned him the position of the First Third Class Chief of Kabri.
He however regretted that the Mbonduah had to leave in a time like this when his distinct qualities were needed most in the Kabri traditional council.
Responding on behalf of the Kabri traditional council, the Acting Mbonduah Alhaji Auwal Hamajulde appreciated His Excellency for the love shown to Kabri Chiefdom during the trying moment.
He noted that the entire chiefdom lacked words to express its heartfelt gratitude to the state government but prayed God to bless everyone who identified with them.
Before his appointment, Alhaji Auwal Hammanjulde was the Ngwa of Kabri and Secretary Sarduana Ngwa’s Forum and hails from Kabri Chana of Kabri Chiefdom.
The first Mbonduah of Kabri Alhaji Julde Garba Wakili Kabri has been buried according to Islamic rites as multitude of people came to pay him last respect and to witness his internment.
Among them were stakeholders from Sardauna Local Government and the head of delegation, the Local Government chairman Hon Rev. Godwill Sol and a host of other dignitaries.
The late Mbonduah of Kabri chiefdom passed away on October 24 in his palace in Kabri after a protracted illness.
The residents of the Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna Local Government Council of Taraba on Sunday said they regretted their action of taking up arms against one another saying, it had delayed development of the area.
They said this at a town hall meeting with a high powered Assessment Committee set up by Gov. Darius Ishaku to quantify the damage caused by recurrent crisis to rebuilding affected areas.
Rev. Godwill Sol, the Caretaker Chairman of the council, noted at the event that the people of the area have vowed not to ever allow crisis to retard their development.
Sol explained that the people could not afford to toy with the peace that was needed for the take off of the 3,050 mega watts Mambilla Hydro Power Dam and other projects earmarked for the area by the State Government.
Alhaji Jibo Mbamga, the Chairman of Fulani Chiefs (Ardo’s) forum in the council noted that all his members had assessed the situation and decided to say no to conflict for the good of their subjects.
“The recurrent crisis have been causing harm than good to all the ethnic groups on the Mambilla Plateau.
“Our people have resolved to say no to anything that would breed crisis in this community.” He stressed.
In his contributions, Alhaji Saleh Dulah, the Chairman of village Chiefs (Joros) forum explained that most of the crisis that had occurred in the area could not be traced to any convincing reason.
Dulah pledged the village chiefs commitment to ensuring permanent peace on the plateau for rapid development.
Dr. Shehu Baju, the Chief of Mambilla told the committee earlier at a courtesy call on him that the traditional council had gone round to take census of all the destruction caused by the crisis.
Baju noted that many of his subjects, who were displaced by the June, 2017 and March 2018 crises have returned to their homes after getting assurance of restoration of peace by the government.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah had told the people that the mission of the 19 member committee was to find out the correct number of deaths, houses burnt, cows stolen or killed and other properties destroyed during the two crisis.
Njiwah, a former Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon explained that the report of the committee would be followed immediately with support by Ishaku for rehabilitation of victims.
He said the sub-technical committee made up of quantity surveyors, architects and site engineers would do a thorough job in all the villages affected for right compensation.
Representatives of Mambilla, Fulani, Kambu, Kaka and Panso ethnic groups who spoke at the event were unanimous on the resolve to keep permanent peace for rapid development.
Our correspondent reports that the committee later proceeded on the assessment tour of affected villages beginning from Yerimaru, Kasala saa, Nyiwa and Gimba among others.