From Uche Nnorom “
President of the Mutual Union of Tiv in the United Kingdom, MUTUK, Dr. Kohol Shadrach Iornem has expressed deep concern over the renewed endless violence, killings, bloodbath, acts of arson and wanton destructions of properties between the warring communities of Jukun and Tiv predominantly in the Southern senatorial district of Taraba state.
The group in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary Ms Salome Biam and made available to our correspondent at the weekend, regretted that these unfortunate conflagrations have spiraled into the border communities of Taraba and Benue states.
MUTUK said it finds it extremely difficult to understand the refusal of the internecine conflagrations to abate, despite several interventions by security agents, including the Nigerian Army, the Governors of Benue and Taraba States Samuel Ortom and Dairus Ishaku, noting too, the involvement of traditional and religious leaders as well as other political leaders have also, failed to calm frayed nerves.
“We consider it an unreasonable response to these pleas by these warring actors. We are not only astounded at this reality, but the further shameful confirmation that the over a year of violence, killings, bloodbath, displacements of hundreds of thousands of people, dislocation of social life and the damaging of economic treasures for a people who are basically agrarian farmers are potent existential threats now and in the nearest future.
“Let us clearly state in very unambiguous terms that nowhere has violence and bloodletting, rather than dialogue, has resolved any dispute. It is not our intention to blame any group of persons or community for the reprehensible conflict. But we desire to appeal to all warring factions to sheathe their swords and embrace peace for the sake of humanity, posterity and God”,MUTUK stated.
While appreciating the interventions of leaders at all levels to end the crisis, the group pleaded with the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the Governors of Taraba and Benue states to redouble their efforts by urgently using the powers of Government at their disposal to bring an end to the killings and destructions.
8. “MUTUK believes that whatever must have caused the crisis is not a problem beyond all stakeholders of both groups to resolve amicably and peacefully on the dialogue table. While we pray Almighty God to touch the heart of everyone to drop arms, we pray for the repose of beloved ones who have lost their lives in the bloody skirmishes. May their families be consoled”, the statement concluded.