From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
A stakeholder in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Dr. John Mammam, has urged the people of Toni Chiefdom to remain calm and co-exist peacefully irrespective of tribe or religion affiliation in line with the legacy the late Abaga Toni, Dr. Sylvester Ayih,
Dr. Mammam who made the plea yesterday in an interview with newsmen in his residence in Garaku, the headquarters of Kokona Local Government Area, added that “we are going to maintain the statuesque left behind by the late monarch of our chiefdom.”
“We will continue to preach peace and harmonious co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups in the chiefdom for meaning to continue to strive,’’ he maintained.
Answering question on the persistent conflict between farmers and herdsmen, he said that both parties needed themselves humanly and economically; urging them to reason between themselves in order to avoid the persistent conflict erupting between them.
He continued, “herdsmen and farmers need each other in so many aspects. We need to come together and to live together by tolerating ourselves. There is no meaningful development where there is crisis.”
Dr. Mammam who described the late Abaga Toni as a symbol of peace, a man that contributed immensely in peace building in the area, northern region of the country, adding that his demise has created a very big vacuum that will be difficult to fill hence appealing for from the people to enable the chiefdom select a successor peacefully.