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Jukun Youth Group Passes Vote of Confidence on Gov. Ishaku; Seeks End to Jukun/Tiv Crisis

Jukun Youth Group Passes Vote of Confidence on Gov. Ishaku; Seeks End to Jukun/Tiv Crisis

The Jukun Youth Assembly of Nigeria (JYAN), on Monday passed a vote of confidence on Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State.

This is even as the group called on the Taraba State government and security agencies to put in place necessary mechanisms to end the unwanted rivalry between the Jukun and Tiv in the state.

At a press conference in Jalingo, National Speaker of the association, Amb. Hope Daniel said the vote of confidence became necessary following the good governance of the Governor.

Daniel said the unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence of Taraba State particularly among the Jukun and Tiv in the southern part of the state remained the primary quest of the association.

“It pains our hearts seeing the unfortunate crisis between the Jukuns and the Tiv defying all relevant effort and series of consultative meetings to find solutions for it.

“The Youths under the aforementioned body, have seen the need to unite the two warring tribes in order to work together with the relevant authorities to come up with workable measures for ending the lingering crisis as soon as possible,” the group said.

The group which decried the inciting comments of Mr. Benjamin Bako on the crisis and his persistent attacks on Governor Darius Ishaku called on traditional and political stakeholders to urgently call Mr. Benjamin Bako the self acclaimed National President of Jukun Development Association of Nigeria (JDAN) to order.

Amb. Daniel challenged Mr. Bako to proffer solutions to the issues on ground and stop creating issues capable of causing discord and igniting conflagration that cannot be quenched.

“Mr Bako has become a tool and agent used by either politicians or enemies of the JUKUN Nation to cause chaos and inflict the spirit of discord amongst us.

“His attacks on the personality of the Governor is ill motivated which can not be seen as a political or social criticism but rather, an attack that is sponsored by the enemies of JUKUN nation.

“We therefore, call on traditional and political leaders as well as religious leaders to caution Mr. Bako to put an end to his mischief.

“We wish to call on Chief Benjamin Bako to come home and organise a unity meeting in the headquarters of the Jukun Empire so as to have a National Jukun Reform Conference where we shall set a 20 year plan and see to end the lingering dispute and empower the Youth and Students with an Endowment fund.

“Ever since the emergence of Mr Benjamin Bako in 2012 till date, there has never been an election in the association and its state branches.

“We wish to recommend that an election of JDAN and its State Chapters be conducted and if Bako is not willing to cooperate, we will call for registration for a new organization in order to bring sanity to the Jukun Nation and to disintegrate it from politics.”

When contacted, Mr. Benjamin Bako declined comments on the allegations, saying “I know that the story you are going to write will not favour me so there is no need talking to you,” he said.

COVID-19: Taraba Eases Lockdown; Direct Worship Centres to Reopen

COVID-19: Taraba Eases Lockdown; Direct Worship Centres to Reopen

Taraba State government on Monday relaxed some of its restriction on movement within the state, after announcing that the state no longer has an active case of the Coronavirus.

Christians and Muslims in the state have been directed to resume their religious activities in strict compliance to COVID-19 protocol.

This is contained in a state broadcast by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu.

Haruna Manu during a live broadcast on Monday said,

“I am pleased to inform you that, as at today, Taraba State no longer has an active case of Coronavirus infection.

“All the cases previously reported were successfully managed by our frontline health workers and have all been discharged and they have rejoined their families. No fatalities were recorded in the process.

“Christians and Muslims are also free to resume their religious worships in churches and mosques.

“In doing so, however, they must ensure the observance of the rule of social distancing and all other safety protocols such as hand washing, use of sanitizers and facemasks.”

The Deputy Governor noted that removing restrictions of movements will allow residents to visit neighbourhood markets, make purchases of food items and other essentials.

The new days for the ease of the lockdown are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m, while lockdown remains in force on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Beginning from this week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are now free days during which people can go out and attend to their personal needs. The time allowed is between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“But these must be done with decorum and in strict compliance with the Covid-19 safety rules. Lockdown remains in force on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“Security agencies in the state should be much more vigilant. They should work in synergy with Chairmen of Local Government Council Areas, particularly those sharing borders with Cameroun and states with high cases of Covid-19 infection (Takum, Karim –Lamido, Wukari, Kurmi. Sardauna, Lau and Zing) to check influx of people into Taraba State,” the Deputy Governor noted.

The deputy governor, however, stressed that interstate movements are still restricted and violators will be severely penalised.