Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, today said that his state and Taraba are not at war and will never wage war against each other.
The governor who spoke on the Tiv/Jukun crisis today also promised to protect all the Jukun people living in Benue state.
According to him, the Tiv and Jukun people that live in Benue state are indigenes of Benue while those that live in Taraba state are indigene of Taraba state.
He noted that he will protect the Jukun people in Benue state the same way his Taraba state counterpart, Darius Ishaku, should protect the Tiv people under hia watch.
His words: “The Tiv and Jukun people that are living in Benue are Benue indigenes while the Tiv people living in Taraba state are Taraba state indigenes.
” Everything about their administration and comfort remains the responsibility of the governor of Taraba state just like the ones living here are my responsibilities.
“There must be a clear dividing line on this issue for people to know that Benue isn’t at war with Taraba state. Benue and Taraba states have never been at war because it is not necessary.
“We must work together to ensure security and peace for our people. I want to call on those making troubles to sheath their swords. Benue will not send away the Junkun people that live here the same way Taraba will not send away the Tiv people that live there.
“There is no way anyone will rise up in Benue and say that the Junkun people that live here should leave. I will not allow that because they remain bonafide members of my community and i must protect them”