Abuja – Information Minister, Labaran Maku, pledged the government’s commitment to promoting peace around the country.
He made the remarks in Abuja following a meeting with a delegation of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which discussed the security situation in the Nasarawa state.
Maku said the deployment of troops to the flashpoints in the region had brought significant peace.
He noted reports that displaced persons had begun returning to their homes.
The minister said the federal government would continue to partner with stakeholders in Nasarawa to guard against the recurrence of violence.
“We will continue to work in concert with stakeholders in Nassarawa State and all community leaders to make sure that we restrict all persons and groups that constitute a threat to public peace in our State."
"The disturbance in the three senatorial districts of Nasarawa State, comprising Awe to Doma and Ekye, Mararaba Udege as well as Kokona and parts of Nasarawa Eggon has been a challenge for those in leadership to stand up and be counted,” Maku said.
The Minister warned those participating in violent activities saying the government would punish them.
“Let me seize this opportunity to particularly appeal to our youths, you must not allow people to use you for violence. Everything we are doing at the level of leadership is for young people, so if you don’t give peace a chance you are condemning your future,” Maku advised.
He added, “No ethnic group is an island in Nasarawa State. All the ethnic groups must resolve to co-exist peacefully because there is no alternative to peace and unity in the state.”
Maku also commiserated with the communities affected by the recent violence and pledged to mobilise support to assuage their pains and ameliorate their sufferings.
The Chairman of the PDP Local Government Secretaries in Nassarawa State, Sani Mohammed, expressed displeasure that despite the Information Minister’s calls for peace, some youths were still engaging in violent activities.
– CAJ News