Taraba state Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar yesterday vowed to return lasting peace to the southern part of the state, while describing the rumour that he is at war with the Jukun tribe as false.
Umar said he is at peace with all tribes and region of the state, insisting that no government will sponsor attacks on its own people.
The acting governor, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Aaron Artimas, said those spreading the rumour of government complicity in the Wukari crisis want to set the state on fire, by pitching different ethnic groups and religions against each other to score cheap political points.
He said the government has continued to improve the security of lives and properties in the southern part of the state, but that some elements are bent on discrediting all efforts of the government under the acting governor.
Artimas said those insinuating that the acting governor has declared war on Jukun in the southern part of the state as the real enemies of peace among the Jukun and the region.
“It is pitiable to say the acting governor is fighting the Jukun or southern Taraba. The Jukun tribe has a cordial relationship with his government; he often consults with the Aku Uka, who is the paramount ruler of the Jukun worldwide. He has visited the region several times since these crisis started, he had led all warring parties in the region to sign a peace pact at the Aku Uka’s palace in Wukari.
“The acting governor has a lot of respect for the Jukun, just as he has for every other tribes in Taraba state; he has lots of respected Jukun appointed in his cabinet; those spreading disaffecting information about the government are the main enemies of the Jukun; they don’t want development to come to the region. They want the Jukun youths to remain unemployed so that they can be using them to ferment trouble and destabilise the government for their selfish political interest.”