By Our Reporter
As part of their resolve to further cement traditional relationship with her neighbours in the Southern Senatorial Zone, the Tiv community of Nasarawa State has embarked on a peace advocacy tour of some traditional rulers.
Under the umbrella of Tiv Development Association (TIDA) and Ate u Nasarawa, the community said the new initiative was necessary to correct the wrong impression created by the activities of some unscrupulous elements in recent time.
Led by the new Ter Tiv Nasarawa State, Chief Clement Ibo and TIDA President, Comrade Peter Ahemba, the group which visited Giza in Keana Local Government Area, and Obi LGA recently, distanced self from the ‘distorted open letter’ purportedly written to Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, by an unidentified James Saaondo, claiming the ownership of some Alago ancestral towns and villages in the southern senatorial zone of the state.
At the Palace of the Sangari of Giza and Osuko Palace in Obi, the leaders expressed their desire to reunite the Tiv with their Alago neighbours. Both the Alago and Tiv, they said have lived together peacefully for decades without problems, calling on all stakeholders to ignore any memo that suggests bad blood between the two ethnic groups.
The Osuko of Obi, Alhaji Aliyu Dangiwa Orume who received the team, charged them to explore all avenues in bringing peace.
The monarch, who also expressed his Chiefdom’s readiness to promote co-existence among all the ethic groups in his domain, tasked TIDA and Ate leadership to always verify reports before acting upon as previous ones were later proved to be hearsay or lies.
The Tiv community has been under tense pressure resulting into killings of farmers by suspected armed Fulani herders fleeing away from neighbouring Benue and the clashes with Alago youths over some farmlands.
The tour which is expected to last for a week, will involve visiting some selected traditional rulers and political leaders from the troubled communities to douse tension.