The apex northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), yesterday urged the new governments, both at state and federal levels, to hit the ground running towards delivering their promises, particularly as regards security and citizens’ welfare.
The forum said the change Nigerians voted for, was not all about change in government, but in security and welfare of citizens.
A statement signed by the ACF National publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, stated that, “the northern region has in the last six years had its fair share of insecurity problem such as Boko haram, communal clashes, cattle rustling which have adversely affected its socioeconomic development”.
The forum therefore commended the “peace building and community consolation on security” by the Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the incessant hostilities between herdsmen and Berom communities in Riyom, in Jos South and Barkin Ladi Local Government areas.
According to ACF, the recent renewed clashes among the various communities that have lived together peacefully over the years in Plateau and other states in the North was not only of serious concern to the forum but disturbing, considering the huge destruction of lives and property.
The forum, therefore, urged other states Governors to emulate the initiative of Gov. Lalong by involving all critical stakeholders to ensure reconciliation and restoration of peace in the LGs affected with similar problems, especially Benue.
It said, “ACF wishes to draw the attention of Benue State Governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, to the recent hostilities between the Tiv/Jukun and the Fulani/Kabawa communities of Gbajimba and Tse Kuncha in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, where wanton destruction of community settlement took place.
“ACF urges Governor Ortom to promptly investigate the alleged killing and destruction of property and bring to justice those found to have aided and abated the carnage. Government should also set up a reconciliation and peace committee to proffer a permanent solution to these incessant and unnecessary conflicts in the state”.