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.
This was disclosed today 22/06/19 by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu.
According to the governor’s aide, the group, for example, alleged that Governor Ishaku visited a certain orphanage after the recent crisis in the area, a development they took to be a tacit support for the Jukun which is untrue and said that Governor Ishaku was not in the state at the time of the crisis and could not have possibly visited the orphanage and ignored the Tiv side.
Bala Abu said that the Taraba State Tiv Youth group also tried to accuse the Governor of supporting the Jukun to gain the upper hand in the crisis, referring to the insinuation as being 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 governor’s aide said that people on both sides have a duty to support the efforts of the governors of the two states to facilitate the process.