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Taraba youth plead with Jonathan to end crisis

25 August 2014, 08:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Taraba Tiv Youth Frontier, a pressure group, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently intervene in various crises that recently erupted in southern and central parts of the state.

The group advocated for the intervention in order to enable the return of people that were displaced during the crisis.

The youth have written an open letter addressed to Jonathan.

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The letter, which was signed by the group chairman, Goodman Dan Dahida, said the various crises claimed more than 700 lives and several others were still missing.

The organisation claimed the attacks had compelled people especially the Tiv community to relocate from the state after losing confidence on the State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar.

They alleged that the acting governor had failed to “take practical steps to exonerate himself from the planned annihilation of the Tiv and extension the Christian Community in Southern and Central zones of the state.”

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The group asked the President to wade into the crises by calling the Acting Governor to order.

“A commission of enquiry should be constituted to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the crisis with a view to bringing an end to the crisis and those behind it to book.”

They noted that the Tiv community had been chased from their areas of domiciles and their farmland taken.

As such, the group asked President Jonathan to make available relevant security that would ensure the safe return of the displaced persons back to the state.

“We equally wish to request you to compel the Acting Governor to ensure safe return of the displaced Tiv people back to their respective settlement in the state to continue with their lawful farming activities and rehabilitate them adequately,” part of the letter read.

- CAJ News


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