Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba and his Benue State counterpart, Dr Samuel Ortom on Wednesday pledged their support to the peaceful moves for Tiv and the Jukun initiated by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama and The Most Rev Fr James Bature to ensure socio-cultural and economic development of the two tribes.
The Governors made the pledge during the public presentation of a book “Tiv-Jukun Relationship: The Model of a Jukun Bishop and a Tiv Priest,” written by Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jos and The Most Rev. Dr. James Bature, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
Kaigama a Jukun and Bature a Tiv priest had met in the seminary over 40 years ago and have since maintained a good friendship which they have decided to document into a book to promote unity and love among their different ethnic groups.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov Ortom thanked Kaigama and Bature for using their friendship to cement the Tiv/Jukun relationship and promote peace among the people.
He reiterated that there was no basis for fighting between Jukun and Tiv as the two tribes have lived together since the days of Benue Plateau state.
He commended the revolution in the traditional institution in Taraba by Ishaku and called for the recognition of Tivs in Taraba by giving them Chiefs in the state as it was done in Benue for the Jukun.
“We must do things that will unite our people and peace can only be sustained where there is equity justice and fairness.
“We will continue to protect our people and our land for we are elected to do so.
“We will not fall by the intimidation of those who are doing everything to cowed us,” he said.
On his part, Gov Ishaku called for peaceful coexistence among the people as no one knows how he came into the world and how he would exit and must therefore, work and live in peace with one another.
He challenged those in the academics to come out with well researched books on topics that would enhance peace and promote good neighbourliness in the country.
The occasion was graced by traditional rulers from Taraba and Benue as well as religious leaders from the two states.