Leaders of One Idoma Initiative and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association are working together with a view to finding a lasting solution to the Agatu crisis.
As part of efforts to ensure peace in Agatu area of Benue State, they are appealing to the federal government to set up a committee that will comprehensively look into the immediate and remote causes of the crisis in Agatu communities.
Addressing a joint news conference in Abuja at the end of a town hall meeting held to resolve the Agatu crisis, leaders of the Idoma and the cattle breeders stressed the need for both parties to sheathe their sword in order to enthrone peace in the area.
The convener of One Idoma Initiative and the National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association advised the federal government to draw up a road map to commence the immediate reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-integration of the internally displaced persons from Agatu and the compensation of Fulanis who lost their cattle during the crisis.
Fulani herdsmen and Tiv, Agatu farmers from Benue and Nasarawa states have resolved, among other things, to seek amicable resolution to their differences instead of the resorting to self-help and violence.
Representatives of the ethnic groups occupying border communities in Nasarawa and Benue states, disclosed this to Channels Television at the joint security council meeting of the two states held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Governor Tanko Al-makura and his Benue state counterpart, Mr Samuel Ortom joined security chiefs at the all-important peace and security meeting of the two states.
Governor Samuel Ortom recounted peace and security efforts made so far between Nasarawa and Taraba states to guarantee public safety and urged the community leaders to work with the government in its efforts to maintain peace.
The two governors restated the need for parties to always avail themselves the opportunity of settlement through the joint states peace and reconciliation committee set up to resolve all communal crisis in the area.
At the end of the meeting, active parties in the raging violence in and around Nasarawa and Benue communities, promised that they would impress it on their members to always seek amicable resolution to all forms of attack.
Leaders of Miyyeti Allah, a socio-cultural association of Fulani herdsmen and traditional rulers from Tiv and Agatu communities also promised to promote peaceful resolution to conflicts.