Tiv Youth Council and a civil society organisation, Guardians of Democracy and Development, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the communal clashes between the Tiv and Jukun people in Taraba state.
The groups said the recent upsurge in violence and communal wars between the two tribes called for a deep concern, urging investigation into the financiers, promoters and perpetrators alike.
They alleged that politicians were fuelling insecurity across the nation in a bid to destabilise government.
This was contained in a joint statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the President, Tiv Youth Council, Mike Msuaan and Convener, Guardians of Democracy and Development, Solomon Adodo.
Adodo, who addressed reporters in Abuja, described the recent killings allegedly carried out by Jukun militia at the Federal University, Wukari as “one too many that demands decisive action.”
“The masses of the Jukun and Tiv communities in Taraba State are very willing to embrace peace and live in harmony for growth and development to thrive.”
Adodo added that no sacred cows should be spared in the quest to uphold the peace, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.
“The Federal Government should not fold its arms and watch while these prominent politicians cripple, propagate hate and violence. We have confidence in the fact that the government under your (President Buhari) watch will not spare any sacred cows in the quest to uphold the peace, territorial integrity and sovereignty of our very dear nation – Nigeria.
“We therefore use this medium to call on your good office to direct all the relevant security agencies to thoroughly investigate these politicians for their ignoble roles in the Taraba state communal clashes. The government should also investigate other such politician sponsors of violence across the nation and prosecute them appropriately to serve as warning knell.
“We have strong confidence that the Jukuns and Tivs can live harmoniously together and chart mutually beneficial causes of economic growth and development if these prominent political masterminds of violence/wars are isolated and dealt with.
“While expressing full confidence in the assurance that you will expedite action on this matter of urgent national security, we extend assurances of our unwavering support for the government under your adroit watch,” he added.
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