The Taraba state government has described as ” unfortunate” the rumour presently making the round on the recent upheaval that erupted in Mambilla Plateau of Sardauna Local Government Council between the Mambilla and the Fulani ethnic groups.
The crisis which many have libeled as genocide, was vehemently condemned by the government in a press statement stressing that ” the Mambilla crisis is no genocide and can never be.”
Signed by the Senior Special Assistant of the Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, the government said ” the Taraba state government rejects in its entirety the deliberate and callous by unpatriotic elements to take the Mambilla crisis as genocide.”
The Mambilla crisis, according to the statement ” was an unfortunate clash of people who have lived together for decades as Neighbours” adding that ” the crisis was unfortunate and has been condemned as wrong by respectable voices from around the country.”
Rather than magnifying such crisis thereby igniting tension in the state, Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religion differences, the statement pleaded should endeavor to support the state government to herald peace to the area.
The state government, the release said ” has deployed men and materials to the affected areas to give succor and help quicken the healing process.”
Certain that the much needed peace will be restore in the area, the government according to Abu is presently in dire need of the support of every citizens of the country stressing that ” what the government expect is support for this effort and not the evil act of promoting sentiments that can only worsen the peace process being pursued by the government.”
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association have refused to be part of the ongoing peace process which was organized by the leadership of both the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Moslem Council of Nigeria (MCN).
Their decision not to be part of the process was lucidly demonstrated when they unanimously walked out of the peace pearly hall in Gembu, the administrative headquarters of Sardauna council.