The Tiv people of Taraba State on Sunday appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to expedite action for the return of all displaced persons in the Jukun/Tiv crisis in the State back to their homes.
This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the 3rd Ijir Tamen/19th Tiv Day celebration held in Bali and signed by the Chairman of Tiv Traditional Leaders Council and Ter Tiv Bali, Chief David Gbaa and Secretary Tyoor Gunduma, Zaki Targema Ukange.
The Tiv people in the communique condemned the lingering Jukun/Tiv crisis in the State and called for understanding on the part of the people, saying without peace there can never be development.
The Ijir Tamen which is an assembly of all Tiv traditional leaders and Tiv stakeholders called on Governor Ishaku to fast track the return of all displaced people back their homes and rehabilitate them accordingly.
This is even as they condemned the unfortunate crisis in Dan-Anacha in Gassol Local Government Area, following the renaming of the village to Kwararafa.
Part of the communique read; “meeting resolved that the Tiv people are not against the creation of Kwararafa Chiefdom, but government should allow the name of Dan-Anacha to stay same as we have Nukkai, Mayo-Dassa, Mayo-Gwoi and Magami among others in Jalingo and other towns in the State.
“We want to emphasize that we are not settlers in Taraba State as being promoted in some quarters and that the government of Taraba and our neighbours in the State should accord us our rights and privileges as indigenes of Taraba State.
“The Ijir Tamen cautioned against external interference in the selection of Tiv traditional leaders in the State and urged Tiv Traditional Leaders to help preserve the culture and tradition of the Tiv to prevent it from extinction.
“We want to urge the government and the public to be wary of some Tiv persons parading themselves as Tiv leaders as only the forum of Tiv Traditional Leaders, Tiv Cultural and Social Association/ Youth wing in the State have the right to speak on behalf of the Tiv people of Taraba State.”
The communique also urged the Tiv people to pursue peace even and unity of purpose even as it called on Tiv political leaders to hold the interest of Tiv paramount, and not betray it in seeking for their personal gains and interest.