The attempt by theTaraba State Tiv Youth Forum to blame Governor
Darius Dickson Ishaku for the Jukun/Tiv crisis is a gross display of ignorance
by the group.
The group, for example, alleged that Gov Ishaku visited a certain orphanage after the recent crisis in the area, a development they took to be a tacit support for theJukun. Nothing can be more untrue.
In a statement, Senior Special
Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu said the Governor was not in the state at the time
of the crisis and could not possibly have visited the orphanage and ignored the Tiv side.
The Taraba State Tiv Youth group also tried to accuse the Governor of supporting the Jukun to gain the upper hand in the crisis.
is callous. Every action of the Taraba State government under Ishaku has always
been done in consultation with Governor Samuel Ortom, his Benue State
counterpart and in the interest of peace among the two groups.
Governor Ishaku has not paid any private visit to the Jukun/Tiv centres of crises alone. There hasn’t been any official government intervention in the crisis that did not have the consent and support of the Government of Benue State.
The Taraba State government is disappointed that a group of Tiv youths is further stoking the fire of crisis between the two neighbours through false allegations and misrepresentation of facts. Governor Ishaku has made a lot of sacrifice towards the resolution of the crisis between the two groups in the past and would continue to do so until permanent peace is attained.
The people on both sides have a duty to support the efforts of the governors of the two states to facilitate the process.