From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa State, Comrade Peter Ahemba has alleged a conspiracy of silence among the political class in the face of sustained attacks on Tiv communities in some parts of the southern senatorial district of the state.
The Voice earlier reported that gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed two persons and injured another in Gidan Ityotyev, a Tiv farming community in Obi Local Government Area of the State.
The Voice also reports that there have been series of attacks on Tiv communities in the state for the past two weeks.
Ahemba made the allegation when he paid a sympathy visit to the people of Ityotyev community in Obi LGA on Sunday.
According to him, the Tiv people in the state have become target of attacks by armed herders, despite relentless efforts by the state government to ensure peace and security of the state.
The TIDA averred that the situation has become more worrisome, describing as conspiracy of silence among the political class in the affected areas.
He said: “Why are the attacks targeted mainly on Tiv farmers and why has it become a recurring decimal that our people are displaced in every election year?
“It is now obvious that the selective attacks and killing of innocent Tiv farmers have political undertone. The conspiracy of silence from our representatives at both state and national levels is indeed, worrisome.
“We have so far lost twenty one (21) of our kinsmen from across Doma, Keana and Obi LGAs within the last two months due to brutal attacks by armed herdsmen with many others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
“It is very unfortunate that none of our representatives, either the State or National Assembly has openly condemned the ugly development, apart from chairmen of the affected LGAs, who have been doing their best to ensure peace.”
According to him, such politicians, who have little or no sympathy with the unprovoked attacks on the Tiv people will eventually come seeking votes from the traumatised survivors of the attacks.
He, however, commended the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule for his relentless efforts towards restoring peace in the affected areas and appealed for more decisive measures to assure the situation.