Chief Goodman Dahida the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Taraba on Sunday called on the Taraba Government to address the Tiv/jukun crisis in the southern part of the state before its gets out of hands.
Dahida at a press briefing in Jalingo said the uneven distribution of security in the crisis affected areas would not address the issue but rather aggravate the crisis.
According to him, security personnel were only deployed to Jukun settlements while Tiv areas were left without security, adding that such move would not bring solution to the crisis.
But in a swift reaction, the President of the Jukun Development Association of Nigeria, Mr Benjamin Bako accused Tiv youths of attacking security personnel deployed to their areas, saying their action was responsible for non deployment of security personnel in their areas.
The Tiv Cultural leader who expressed sadness over continuous attacks and killings of Tiv people in Wukari, Donga and Takum called for a holistic approach and sincerity of purpose on the part of government and community leaders in dealing with the crisis.
“There are reported cases where Jukun militia blocked the Jalingo – Wukari high way searching vehicles and killing Tiv passengers, after they have burnt all Tiv villages in Wukari local government.
“I want to called on the warring factions to submit their grievances to the peace committee set up by the Taraba and Benue State Governments to look into the crisis.
“We are worried that security personnel especially soldiers deployed to southern Taraba are only in Jukun dominated areas, while Tiv area are left without security, giving room for Jukun youth to loot our displaced people’s property.”
Dahida cautioned against inflammatory statements and hate speech being peddled on the social media over the crisis.
The cultural leader called on security agencies to be on the alert to prevent the escalation of the crisis.