President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the continuous hostility between the Tivs and Jukuns in Taraba State, stating that he has watched in disbelief how fellow citizens have killed each other.
President Buhari said this in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Friday in reaction to the killing of Rev. Fr. David Tanko, a Catholic priest, at Kpankufu Village on Wukari Road in Taraba.
The statement read: ”I have watched with trepidation and disbelief how hate and bigotry have inhabited the human soul, resulting in brothers killing brothers.”
The president announced that extra security measures would be put in place to mitigate the crisis and ensure peace returns to the affected communities.
He, however, directed the Taraba and Benue state Governors, traditional rulers, specifically the Tor Tiv and the Aku Uka of Wukari, and religious and community leaders to meet urgently to bring an end to the persistent violent clashes.
The statement read: “The deployment of security men can only provide a temporary solution. The long term and lasting solution to this deep-seated antagonistic relationship between the warring factions depend on the willingness of those involved to listen to reason and give peace a chance.
“It is time for leaders of the ethnic groups to come together and draw up a roadmap for lasting peace. The impact of this persistent violence on the social and economic life of the people is incalculable.”
President Buhari also tasked Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, to set-up a high-level intervention made up of religious, community leaders and top security operatives.
According to the statement, the committee will “examine all issues underlying the conflicts in the hope of finding a permanent solution”.