Taraba state Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has pleaded with Tiv leaders in Benue and Taraba states to assist in facilitating the on-going peace initiative of his administration in Southern Taraba.
A statement by the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity, Bala Dan Abu, quoted the governor as making the plea weekend in Abuja during the wedding of his daughter, Clara Kairi Ishaku.
The governor said despite the face-off between the Jukum and Tiv ethnic groups, he gave out his daughter in marriage to a Tiv to facilitate mutual understanding and bridge building.
Clara was Saturday September 5, 2020, married to Dooyun Stephen Ugbor, an Air Force pilot and a Tiv from Benue state.
The Tiv and some ethnic groups in Southern Taraba, including the Jukun, are engaged in a crisis that has persisted for several years and claimed many lives, houses and farm produce.
Appealing for peace, Governor Ishaku said several people had asked why he was allowing his daughter to marry from an ethnic group that was killing his people.
In response to their inquiries, the governor said he had always told such people that the crisis was not enough reason for him to stop his daughter from marrying the man she had fallen in love with.
Rather, he encouraged the union as a means of building a bridge of friendship and understanding between the warring groups.
He urged the Tiv and the other groups involved in the crisis to take advantage of social interactions such as inter-ethnic marriages to resolve their differences.
Governor Ishaku lamented the decision of the Tiv group not to cooperate with the judicial commission of inquiry he set up to resolve the crisis.
He said the setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry had always featured constantly on the demand list by the Tiv for ending the crisis.