By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja
The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourble Saidu Babanguida Nguroje condemns the on-going killings in Taraba state and urged both the federal and Taraba state governments to ensure that perpetrators of this inhuman acts are fished out and made to face the arm of the law as deterrent to others who would want to arrogate upon themselves the powers to take other people’s lives as it pleases them.
Honourable Nguroje also called on all the communities involved or affected by the on-going wanton killings and destruction of properties to embrace dialogue, channel whatever grievances to the appropriate constituted authorities for a more enduring peace rather than seek self-help, stressing that violence in whatever form cannot be recipe for peace and conflict resolutions.
In a press statement in Abuja yesterday, the former deputy speaker condoned with families of those affected by the senseless killings and unnecessary destruction of properties assuring them, that justice would be administered and every person involved in the dastardly act would be brought to book.
He also called on the government of Taraba and the federal government to immediately constitute a commission of inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the crisis with the view to providing a lasting solution that would prevent future attacks.
He called on all the warring groups to maintain the long tradition of brotherliness, oneness and unity which have existed among them and understand the need to remain stronger in unity than adopt violence as a means of settling disagreements of whatever nature.
The former deputy speaker also commended acting president Yemi Osinbajo for his timely intervention in the crisis and called on the security operatives deployed to the troubled areas to exhibit the highest sense of professionalism in restoring peace in the affected areas of Toffi, Mayo Daga, Mayo Sina, Tamiya, Kwara-Kwara, Tungan Lugre, Timjire, Nguroje and other villages in the Mambilla Plateau.
Honourable Nguroje called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all sister agencies to provide relief materials to the affected communities. He also urged the people to use this period of festivity get close to their creator, rather than engage in any act that runs contrary to the teachings of all religion.