Nasarawa Crisis: Al-Makura woos lawmakers to attend peace meeting

The governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has pleaded with the members of the state assembly to reconsider their stand over their planned boycott of a Tuesday peace meeting of stakeholders across the state.

Mr. Al Makura and the lawmakers have been locked in a bitter row for months. The governor narrowly escaped impeachment August.

The members of the State house of assembly on Monday rejected an invitation by Mr. Almakura, to take part in a peace meeting slated for Tuesday.

The meeting is aimed at finding a lasting solution to the crises in the state.

Reacting to the resolution of the lawmakers to stay away from the meeting, the director of press affairs to the state governor, Iliyasu Yakubu, urged the lawmakers to join hands with the governor and bring lasting peace to the state.

He said the crisis affected every person irrespective of tribe or religion.

“The crisis is not about party difference because it affects every body in the state,” he said.

Mr. Yakubu also commented on the allegation that the appointment of some Fulani as aides to the governor had ignited the crisis.

“Fulani are part and parcel of the state just like every other tribe, Igbo, Yoruba and others are appointed as aides to the governor. We should consider our generation yet unborn because whatever we do will surely have effect in the future,” he said.

Addressing journalists at the executive chambers of the state assembly, Baba Ibaku, the house committee chairman on information said Mr. Al-Makura was not sincere about dealing with insecurity in the state.

The lawmakers also claimed that Mr. Al-Makura had ignored peace initiatives organised by the assembly in the past.

“It is equally on record we invited the governor, the police, civil defence and other sister security agencies to discuss the issue of security in Nasarawa State. The governor told this house categorically that security was not our business and he turned down our invitation. He refused to come and prevented others from coming,” Mr. Ibaku said.

Mr. Ibaku, who addressed the press along with 14 other lawmakers, alleged that the governor was not always on seat whenever crises erupted in the state.

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