The Southern Tiv Taraba Youth Progressive Forum on Tuesday berated Jukun youths over the ultimatum it issued to the Tiv people of Taraba over the ongoing crisis.
Mr Kelvin Katyo, the coordinator of the group disclosed this at a press conference in Jalingo wondered why the Jukun youths that were reportedly blocking roads, hunting and killing Tiv passengers in Wukari, Takum and Donga would turn around and ask Tiv to open the roads in seven days.
Katyo also noted that for the press conference of the Jukun youths happened two days after Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba had summoned a meeting to find solutions to the crisis.
He noted that the media war by the Jukun youths on television stations across the country was an indication that the youths were not ready for peace.
“How can people who are blocking the roads in southern Taraba, hunting and killing Tiv passengers turn around to give Tiv seven days to open the roads?
“It sad to note that even while Ishaku was meeting Tiv people in Jalingo, Jukun militia attacked Ikyergba village in Takum and killed seven helpless villagers.
“They again attacked Shagu and Tor-Damisa on Friday 24th August, 2019 and so far we have documented 93 Tiv people killed in the crisis which started on April 1, in Kente, Wukari Local Government.
“No fewer than 42,000 of our people have so far being displaced and dozens others maimed in series of coordinated attacks backed by some authorities especially at the local level in the state,” he said.
The group also said the claim by the Jukun youth that Tiv people had kidnapped their people was
unfortunate saying no Tiv person was mentioned by the notorious kidnap leader Hamisu Bala in the region.
He noted that since Bala was arrested, no reported case of kidnapping on the area.
Katyo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, give special attention to the crisis in Taraba before the Tiv people would be completely wiped out in the state as the Ishaku had repeatedly said there iwas nothing he could do about security in the state.
The group also the Federal Government to deploy special forces to Abako, Sai, Peva, Amadu, Ananum and other Tiv villages in southern Taraba which have been marked for attack by the Jukun militia in just a number of days.
Katyo equally urged Buhari to compel Ishaku to make adequate security arrangements for the safety of Tiv Students and staff of Federal University Wukari to avoid a repeat of the situation where two students and a staff were killed by Jukun militia.
He also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or the newly created ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to intervene in the humanitarian crisis affecting the Tiv people in the area, as the relief materials the Taraba government sent in the wake of the crisis were only distributed among the Jukuns.