Hope For Resolution Of Tiv/Fulani Crisis
It appears the solution to the endemic hostility between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen has come. That solution is coming from the report of the 10-man committee put in place at Yelwatta, border town between Benue and Nasarawa States by the government of the two states.
The report was submitted last week by the chairman of the committee, Hon Cletus Upaa, a former member of the House of Representatives. The committee was inaugurated in June 24, 2011 with the responsibility of finding the immediate and remote causes of the crisis. It was given one month to complete the assignment. But Upaa explained that this deadline could not be met due exigencies of time and the sensitive nature of the assignment. In the course of the assignment, a member of the committee, Musa Sami died but Upaa said he endorsed the report before his demise. Although the committee’s assignment was concluded in August last year, it was only last Wednesday, May 30 that the governors of the two state were ready to receive it.
The committee’s report, which is in produced three volumes, contains recommendations, pictures, and items like sword, scabbard and bullet proof vests, etc, recovered from the scenes of the conflicts.
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State commended the committee for doing a good job and assured that his government would carefully study the report after which the recommendations would be carried out to usher in peace and development. Suswam who said he and his colleague, Governor Tanko Al-Makura are determined to end the crisis also said an earlier consultation between the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, Al-Makura and himself, they came up with useful conclusions on how to end the crisis. He also disclosed that measures have been put in place by the two states by stationing security agents in crisis prone areas to forestall resurgence of hostilities and urged the followership in both states to ensure that fresh crisis do not recur.
Also speaking, Governor Al-Makura, like his Benue State counterpart assured that the recommendations of the report would be put to use, stressing that people of the two states are brothers and sisters, irrespective of boundaries, tribe, religion or the political party they belong.
The governor warned those who are intolerant and are in the habit of causing violence to desist forthwith, even as he enjoined stakeholders to work assiduously for security and neighbourliness in the two states.
“The country at the moment is facing a serious security situation and therefore security matter should not be left alone to government,” he emphasised.
During the meeting with the sultan, the monarch had called for a lasting solution to the hostilities, which he observed had caused the death of hundreds of people and the destruction of property worth millions of naira.
The sultan had disclosed that he constituted a committee headed by the Tor Tiv, Akawe Torkula and Emir of Gombe with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the crisis and regretted that the committee was not able to do so.