The President of the Mutual Union of Tiv in the United Kingdom (MUTUK), Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem, in a statement on Sunday signed by its Publicity Secretary Salome Biam has expressed disappointment over the ever continuing clashes between the Tiv and Jukun in the Southern senatorial zone of Taraba State which usually spills into Benue State.
According to the statement, they were deeply worried that the crisis has continued despite the intervention of different stakeholders from both states.
“It is also regrettable that these unfortunate conflagrations have spiraled into the border communities of Taraba and Benue states. It’s time to sheathe the bloody swords in Southern Taraba,” he stated.
He added, “we consider it an unreasonable response by these warring actors. We are not only astounded at this reality, but the further shameful confirmation that the over a year of violence, killings, bloodbath, displacements of hundreds of thousands of people, dislocation of social life and the damaging of economic treasures for a people who are basically agrarian farmers are potent existential threats now and in the nearest future.
“Let us clearly state in very unambiguous terms that nowhere has violence and bloodletting, rather than dialogue resolved any dispute.
“It is not our intention to blame any group of persons or community for the reprehensible conflict. But we desire to appeal to all warring factions to sheathe their swords and embrace peace for the sake of humanity, posterity and God.”
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Governors of Taraba and Benue states to ensure the crisis is brought to an end.