The apex sociocultural and political organisation of the Jukun people, Jukun Development Association of Nigeria (JDAN) has called on the Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, to quickly resolve the crisis ravaging the state. JDAN asked the governor not to keep quiet in the current crisis between the Jukun and the Tiv militiamen, insisting that his intervention would end the dispute. In a statement they issued after a meeting of the executives of the association and signed by their national president, Chief Bako Benjamin and general secretary, Mr Bulus Abe, the governor’s kinsmen said that there was no option than passing a vote of no confidence on Ishaku over his inability to address the violence.
The association said that the vote of no confidence became imperative following several failed efforts by the officials to get the attention of the governor to address the renewed worsening and protracted insecurity in the state, especially Southern Taraba where several hundreds have been killed, kidnapped and properties worth millions of naira destroyed ever since the governor assumed office five years. Also, JDAN condemned the governor for running away from his people who voted massively for him twice to become governor.
The association called on the governor to emulate his predecessor late Governor Danbaba Suntai and visit Southern Taraba to see things for himself, insisting that if the governor failed, they will call on him to resign or the Taraba State House of Assembly should commence immediate impeachment proceedings against him.
The association alleged that Jukun people saw their son, the governor in Southern Taraba last on 23 of February 2019 when he casted his vote and was declared winner one year and two months ago. “That was the last time Jukun people saw him despite unprecedented killings, kidnappings and destruction of properties that is still ongoing on in Southern part of the state which is his homeland,” the statement said while decrying why the governor was conspicuously absent when a first class Royal father, Gara of Donga, who played a pivotal role in his election and reelection died sometimes last year.The association said that even though Ishaku is not the governor of the Jukun people alone, the seeming silence over the crisis ravaging his homeland and daily kidnappings ongoing in the state capital Jalingo since he became governor was worrisome.