Tiv/Jukun crisis will consume us all if nothing is done now- Reps Rimande warns

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The Member representing Takum, Ussa, Donga and Yangtu at the Federal House of Representatives from Taraba state, Mr. Rimande Shawulu has called on stakeholders and governments to work towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis between the Tiv and Jukun before the entire zone is ruined completely.

The call is coming, following the renewed hostilities between the two tribes in Southern Taraba that has claimed nearly a hundred lives in the last two weeks.

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Shawulu who spoke in an exclusive telephone interview on Friday said, it was pure madness that despite the high level of intermarriage and religious uniformity in the region, the people have continued to kill and destroy themselves over reasons that are not even clear.

He regretted that though the southern part is enormously blessed with both human and natural resources like no other region in the country, development has continued to elude the people because of incessant crisis.

Mr. Rimande Shawulu explained that it has come to a point where blame trading and claiming of right is no longer fashionable and urged religious bodies, civil society organizations, and all stakeholders to come to a round table and sincerely chat a new course for the good of the people and posterity.

The lawmaker also stressed the need for all stakeholders in the state to come together on a round table and talk about peace, noted that the intermarriage in the area is much and most of the people are also christians.

According to him, such arguments and justification that lead to the destruction of lives and villages cannot, in anyway contribute to the growth of the people. It is a very sad thing that is happening and the earlier it is stopped, the better for all of us” Shawulu said.

Our correspondent recall that renewed attacks started over a week ago mostly in Donga local government area between the Tiv and Jukun, in a series of ongoing hostilities, leading to the death of scores and destruction of several villages.