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Gov. Ishaku Not Out to Exterminate Tiv, Any Tribe – Aide

Gov. Ishaku Not Out to Exterminate Tiv, Any Tribe – Aide

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, has described as bizarrely outrageous online reports suggesting that the governor ordered an ethnic cleansing of the Tiv people if they resisted the alleged renaming of their communities.

Online news outlet was recently awash with narratives of how the Governor directed an attack of Tiv indigenes from their homes if they reject the purportedly renaming of their communities.

In a swift reaction, Bello said such an order was never given and that his principal was beyond such activities. Bello said, “a good Christian and a humanist to the core apart, Governor Darius Ishaku is the last human being to engage in such bloodthirsty conversations. He is too refined and above such thuggish comments.

I can authoritatively submit that he couldn’t have ordered people to go and unleash violence on harmless people. Beyond this, there has been no governor who has worked for peace in Tivs enclave more than Governor Ishaku. On a lighter side, they are even his in-laws as his wife is Tiv.”

On the issue of peace in Tiv land, Bello said, “Governor Ishaku from the start went into action to ensure peace and security in those parts. Prior to his coming, the state, especially in the southern zone, was enveloped in the flames of clashes.

Tivs, in particular, were at the receiving end of the activities of Fulani herdsmen and other militia. A particular regime appeared even to be encouraging the crisis back then. Even in his days as a minister, Ishaku spend many nights and days silently dealing with those crises. He was getting constant calls from all the groups involved. He initiated and contributed to many peace efforts. He shared relief materials, even as he took care of the informed on all sides.

Currently, he spends hours meeting with stakeholders to find a way round some of the issues. His efforts led to peace to the point many displaced Tivs and other groups returned home. He is leveraging on even his friendship with dignitaries in neighboring states to foster peace.

In particular, his warm relationship with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, for instance, is one of the facts he is exploiting to find solutions. Some of the problems have historical roots. So while the governor is doing the hard job of finding sound solutions, some people in opposition are trying to deepen the artificial divides. They won’t win in their nefarious bid because no one has forgotten the recent past.”

Governor Ishaku Broker Peace Between Takum’s  KUTEB and TIVS

Governor Ishaku Broker Peace Between Takum’s KUTEB and TIVS

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has reechoed the need for peaceful co-existence among communities in Taraba state for his administration to achieve meaningful development.

The Governor made this known at a Peace and Reconciliation meeting held at the Secretariat of Reformed Church of Christ for Nations, RCCN, in Takum.

The meeting was organized by the President of the Church Risae Yakubu Shamaki in collaboration with other churches.  The Tiv and Kuteb people have lived in harmony in southern part of Taraba State for centuries but violent clashes between them from 2006 till date have led to loss of lives and displacement of many from their homes and farmlands.

Arc Darius DicksonThe clashes have also often turned the Federal Highways passing through these communities such as the Takum-Katsina Ala, Takum-Kashimbilla, Takum-Wukari and many other routes to unsafe passages when such crises erupt.

Worried by these crises, the RCCN in collaboration with CRCN, Catholic and NKST churches in Takum Local Government initiated a peace and reconciliation meeting for the two tribes to interact and see the need for peace.

In attendance at the forum in Takum, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku appealed to the people to yield grounds and allow historical antecedents of peace which bonded their fore-fathers to reign.

Reverend Risae Yakubu Shamaki who is the Chairman of the peace and reconciliation meeting urged the people to embrace love to guide them through, warning that food shortage is likely if the crisis persists because their citizens will not be able to go to farms for their usual agricultural activities.

During the interaction session, participants blamed the clashes on shortage of farm-lands; engaging of militias and criminal gangs to fight; and the loss of mutual respect.

They vowed towards re-establishing an enduring peace. The meeting was earlier held in Jalingo and the State Governments of Taraba and Benue states have met on different occasions to address the situation with a joint committee set-up.