COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT END OF THE SPECIAL MEETING ON THE INCESSANT CLASHES BETWEEN TIV FARMERS/FULANI CATTLE REARERS IN BENUE AND NASSARAWA STATES CONVENED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, RT HON. Dr. GABRIEL TORWUA SUSWAM , EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF BENUE STATE.

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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INTRODUCTION
A special meeting on the incessant clashes between Tiv Farmers and Fulani Cattle Rearers was convened on Saturday, 26th May, 2012 by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr Gabriel Torwua Suswam, Executive Governor of Benue State in the Banquet Hall of Government House Makurdi.
The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, Dr Gabriel Suswam, Executive Governor of Benue State, and attended by His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Mohammed Abubakar111, the Sultan of Sokoto; His Royal Majesty, Orchivirigh Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv iv; the Emir of Gombe, and other traditional rulers from Benue and Nasarawa states. The Nasarawa state delegation was led by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Hamza Elayo. Other delegations to the meeting include the Tiv Cultural Association, Taraba State; the Fulani Community in Benue state; Miyetti Allah Fulani Cattle breeders Association Nasarawa state; the Christian Community in Benue State led by the Catholic Auxillary Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Rt Revd William Avenya and the Bishop of the Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion) for Makurdi Diocese, Rt. Revd. Nathan Nyom.

DELIBERATIONS:
The various participants and delegations to the meeting-the Sultan of Sokoto, the Tor Tiv, representative of the Ochi’doma, Traditional Rulers in Benue and Nasarwa states, the Nasarawa state government delegation, the Christian Community in Benue state all took turns to make presentations in the meeting. The meeting among others noted the following:
1. The convocation of the special peace meeting was a clear indication of the commitment of the leaders and all parties to ensuring an end to the perennial clashes between Fulani Herdsmen and Tiv Farmers.
2. That the problem under discuss was not one between the people of the two states but rather a conflict between the farmers and herdsmen of Tiv and Fulani ethnic groups respectively.
3. The need for peaceful co-existence of the two tribes who need each other in their main economic pre-occupations of farming and animal keeping.

RESOLUTIONS:
After an exhaustive deliberation of all issues the meeting resolved as follows:
1. The meeting called for Immediate ceasefire in the crisis and directed the Fulanis and Tiv to demobilize their militias at the border communities and desist from carrying dangerous weapons.
2. Both the Fulani and Tiv who have incurred severe loses over the past months should forget the past as part of the sacrifices to bring about peace.
3. The meeting emphasized the need for dialogue by all the political and traditional leaders to create better understanding of the issues.
4. Conflict resolution committees be set up immediately at all levels to swing into action to nip in the bud any potential or real threat to peace and security within the localities.
5. The meeting resolved that the Fulani and Tiv communities must live in peace henceforth and anybody engaged in any act capable of breaching the peace should be arrested and treated as common criminals in accordance with the laws of the land.
6. A committee of three Traditional Rulers from the Border Communities in Benue and Nasarawa respectively including Ter Nagi, Ter Guma and Ter Makurdi(Benue) and the Chiefs of Kwandare, Adudu and Akpanaja was constituted and directed to meet soon to work out details of implementing the resolutions reached at the meeting.
7. His Excellency, Dr Gabriel Suswam offered to assist borders surveillance teams in the discharge of their duties.
8. The Governor of Benue State and his Nasarawa State Counterpart to receive the report of an earlier committee set up on the crisis on Wednesday 30th May, 2012 at Yelewata. Similarly, the Sultan Committee on Farmers clashes with Fulani Herdsmen should resume sitting and submit its report to the Sultan as soon as possible.
9. Cattle rustling by Tiv youths shall henceforth be considered a criminal offence and treated as such. Similarly, Fulani Herdsmen should desist from taking laws into their hands but should report their grievances to their host Traditional Rulers.
10. Security agencies from both Benue and Nasarawa states to undertake a fact-finding operation to identify possible camps of militia with the view to dislodging same and to henceforth be proactive in their operations to avoid reoccurrence of the conflict.
11. Called on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency provide grazing areas for Cattles as well as animal tracks to reduce the incidence of conflict between Herdsmen and farmers.
12. Fulani Herdsmen should respect traditional and constituted authorities and seek to be in harmony with their host communities.
13. Fulani Ardos be appointed in communities where they do not exist to create channels of communication.
14. The meeting commended the Facilitator, His Excellency, Dr Gabriel Suswam, the Sultan of Sokoto and all delegations for the numerous sacrifices made to attend the meeting.

Dr David Salifu Hamza Elayo Mohammed
SSG Benue State SSG Nasarawa State

Comments
  1. Sam Langa says:

    Let no one be fooled fulanis have their “ideals”, separate from that which Nigeria as a country holds out to all. Until we all bow to their whims and caprices, fulanis will forever remain on the offensive. We have a long way to go before that oneness desired by many Nigerians become “visible”, that is if things don’t fall apart.

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  2. Oche Ogwuche says:

    I pray for peace in benue state and also for the activities of boko haram that God may call them to repentance.amen

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  3. Norman Skilful says:

    crisis and conflict Resolution

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