Tiv people in Nasarawa State have been urged to be hopeful that the Tiv traditional council would wade into their plight to bring the menace of herdsmen attacks on them to an end.
Chairman, Benue State council of Chiefs and the Tor Tiv, Orcivirgh Prof James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, gave the assurance yesterday in his palace in Gboko, Benue State when the Tiv leaders in Nasarawa State, under the umbrella of Mdzough U Tiv-Nasarawa state chapter, led by its president, Mr Thomas Gaar, paid him a courtesy call.
The Tiv community in Nasarawa State went to intimate the paramount ruler of the unending attacks on the Tiv indigenes of the state which has sent thousands to their early grave.
The Tor Tiv said that his major concern at the movement, as the father of the Tiv people in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States, is to ensure the security of lives, property and the general welfare of his subjects in these states.
He explained that he was fully aware of the incessant killings, destruction of farmlands, foodstuffs, burning of houses and displacements of the entire Tiv settlements in Nasarawa State.
He noted that some of the crisis that led to these are political, others are as a result of land dispute, market disagreements while others are due to the law enacted in Benue State.
The paramount ruler said he was also aware of the role being played by some few Tiv sons in Nasarawa State against the plight of the people and prayed God to forgive them for the atrocities they are committing against their own people in the state.
He said that he would soon initiate a peace and security meeting with the Emir of Lafia, as well as the governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and the head of the army in Nigeria, with a view to bringing in permanent solution to the plight of Tiv people in Nasarawa State.
He urged the Tiv people in Nasarawa State to be united under one umbrella (Mdzough U Tiv), adding that only unity can help address their challenges and ensure development in the area.
He also described the Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa, whose leadership tussle has caused more harm than good, as a political association, which does not represent the interest of the Tiv people, noting that the TIDA officials are out for monetary gains and not to fight for the interest of the Tiv people in the state.
Speaking earlier, the president of Mdzough U Tiv-Nasarawa state chapter, Mr Thomas Gaar said herdsmen have displaced all the Tiv people in Nasarawa State with a good number being killed, houses, and food items destroyed.
He said that efforts by the Tiv leaders in the state to come under one roof to address the challenges that have bewildered their subjects fail with some of them taking sides with some forces in the state against the innocent Tiv farmers.
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