The Taraba state Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku led a delegation of traditional rulers to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to deliberate on the conflict between the Fulani and Kona in Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of the state.
The governor at the meeting has promised to set up a committee that will look into the cause of the attacks with the hope that it will go a long way in healing the wounds caused by the conflict and enable the people with the help of the Federal Government to return to their homes from where they were displaced and to be assisted to resume working for their means of livelihood through the necessary effective and permanent security presence.
Bishop Ignatius Kaigama in his statement appreciated the kindness of the Vice President in granting the request for such a dialogue aimed at a permanent reconciliation and peace.
He prayed that the conflict which was rooted in unfortunate historical factors which goes back to over one century will be brought to an end with very sincere dialogue and mutual respect between the Fulani and the Jukun-Kona.
The Bishop prayed that the committee that His Excellency, Gov. Ishaku has promised to set up will help heal the wounds caused by the conflict and enable the people with the help of the Federal Government to return to their homes.
“We earnestly call on all parties to beat their swords, guns, bows and arrows into plowshares, and their spears into sickles and not lift up sword against one another, neither to continue to train for battle (Isaiah 2:4).”
“To God’s glory, the meeting was acknowledged by both parties to be fruitful.”
Among the delegation to the Presidency are the Emir of Muri, HRH Abbas Tafida and the Chief (KURU) of Kona, HRH Augustine Njenmang Vengkani.