Jukun/Tiv Crisis: Group Reject Composition Of Peace Committee

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A group called the Wukari Local Government branch of Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA), Taraba State have rejected what they described as a one-sided peace committee in resolving the Jukun/Tiv crisis in the area.

The group’s Chairman,  Paul Igo and Secretary,  Anthony Shembee, in a statement on Tuesday, condemned the killings and destructions occasioned by the Jukun/Tiv crisis and faulted the alleged non-inclusion Tiv people of Taraba in the peace committee.

“We commend the move by the government of Taraba and Benue in constituting a peace and reconciliation committee that would bring lasting solutions to this lingering crisis.

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“In as much as we commend the initiative to constitute a peace committee, we reject in its entirety the non-inclusion of a Tiv person from Wukari LGA of Taraba State in the committee.

“We want to place it on record that Kente, where the crisis started, is in Taraba state and the public should note that Ikyaior,  Gbor-Gbor, Iorlumun Nege,  Ioryina Tor-Musa and Tar-Orshi among other communities that were burnt down in the crisis by Jukun youth are all in Taraba State.”

The group claimed that the non- inclusion of the Tiv people of Taraba State in the committee was a deliberate move by some actors to sell a wrong narrative to the public that the crisis is between the Jukun of Taraba and the Tiv of Benue. They thereby called for a review of the committee.

According to the group, allowing the committee to stand will not produce the desired result of restoring peace and tranquility in the area.

“Lack of social justice is the main reason for the age-long Jukun/Tiv conflagration and for lasting peace to be achieved justice must be allowed a chance and the truth be given priority.”

The group also advised that, for the committee to have any meaningful impact, it’s composition should carry along all the critical stakeholders on both sides of the divides.

 

National Peace Committee Meets With Atiku, PDP Leadership

 

The National Peace Committee, led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has begun moves to douse what the committee has described as rising tension in the country.

This comes two days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the presidential election which held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Buhari’s major challenger in the race, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has disagreed with the result as announced by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, vowing to challenge it.

The PDP is accusing the ruling party of manipulating the outcome of the election, through suppression of the party’s votes, intimidation, rigging and other electoral infractions.

The APC has, however, denied the allegations, describing the PDP as a bad loser and promising to meet Atiku in court.

As part of that move towards resolving the dispute, the National Peace Committee has met with PDP flag bearer, as well as other leaders of the party in Abuja, including the vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

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Speaking with journalists after the meeting, which took place at the residence of the PDP Presidential candidate, Gen. Abubakar said his committee decided to address the disagreement, given its mission to always ensure that there is peace in the country.

“Currently now, tensions are high and we need to see how we can douse the situation. We have come to listen to the grievances from the PDP. We will continue shuttling to see how we can make sure that the peace is maintained,” he said.

Asked if the talks would be extended to the ruling party, Gen. Abubakar said, “Naturally, when you are dealing of course you need to contact all the stakeholders.”

Other members of the committee present at the meeting which was held behind closed doors were the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Kukah and the Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.

2019: Peace Committee Asks Politicians To Consider National Interest

 

The National Peace Committee has called on politicians across the country to conduct themselves in a manner that guarantees national peace and security.

Chairman of the committee and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, made the appealing on Thursday ahead of the general elections in 2019.

General Abdulsalami appealed to the various candidates in the coming polls at the presentation of a draft copy of the 2018 Peace Accord to political parties and their presidential candidates in Abuja.

According to him, some politicians are already parading themselves in a manner that can threaten peaceful elections in 2019.

He, therefore, called on such politicians to scrutinise their conscience and act in the interest of the people they hope to lead.

The former Head of State stressed the urgent need for political parties and their candidates to sign a peace accord, especially as campaigns have begun.

2019: Peace Committee Asks Politicians To Consider National Interest

 

Presenting the draft copy of the Peace Accord, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese who is also a member of the committee, Bishop Mattew Kukah, highlighted some key areas of the document.

The areas pointed out include the need for political parties to ensure that their campaigns were devoid of insults and inciting statements among other issues.

Having listened to the presentation of the draft copy, some leaders of political parties made their contributions.

The stressed the need for non-political organisations such as the police and religious houses to shun acts capable of instigating violence during the elections.

The National Peace Committee had facilitated a similar peace accord among political parties, in the build-up to the 2015 general election.

Members are hopeful that when the document which is an agreement for a peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections is signed in December, it will impress on the minds of politicians the urgent need to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.

National Peace Committee To Function Beyond Elections

Peace CommitteeThe National Peace Committee will not wrap up its work following Nigeria’s successful transition from one government to another.

The National Coordinator of the committee, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said this to journalists in Abuja after a closed-door meeting.

He said that the committee, which was constituted by some eminent Nigerians, would continue to work to ensure peace in all parts of the country.

The committee had initiated the signing of a peace accord by the leading candidates in the 2015 presidential election – former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The National Peace Committee, which is led by former military president, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar also played a key role in the acceptance of the outcome of the election.

Bishop Kukah explained that the committee would work on a wider scope and not just the conduct of elections in Nigeria.

Abdulsalami Abubakar Speaks On Need To Sustain Peace

AbubakarChairman of the 2015 Elections Peace Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, says he has a responsibility to ensure that the peace Nigeria got following the presidential elections is sustained especially in those states where elections have been declared inconclusive.

General Abubakar, who spoke in the Presidential Villa after meeting with the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, said that he was grateful to President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, for their statesmanship and toning down of the celebrations following the elections.

He also described as mischievous, stories making the rounds that he has been interacting with the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke.

He said that he has been meeting with many of the ministers and other people and there was nothing strange.