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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  • emeka M



    ……… do you conclude that $20b is not after all missing????????????

  • TinyT

    Mr Hamza pls read the article where is Austin referring to missing money!! He is making a point on systemic failures by our legislators! If they had done their job we perhaps will not be at this stage where PwC is being brought in to tell us what we already knew about the flawed structure of NNPC which the minister battled to change with PIB. Kudos to her

  • PepperB

    I hope the new govt will finish what the minister started

    • Samuel Orji

      I seriously pray so.

  • Benson Ogala

    I remember the era of probes of the minister it was ridiculous! Our MPs were dancing to the tune of the IOC leaving the system to continue today. I hope they are also feeling the pain of the fuel crisis strongly too

  • Wendy

    Why has the PIB not been passed? It seems crazy that something so important can be delayed for more than 2 years while so much time and money is going into probes that investigate situations that have already been resolved.

  • Tunde philips

    Blame is easily passed on when problem comes, NNPC’s problem is from within..

  • The expectations from the new Government, is high most times disappointments is the aftermath of high expectations, but this issue on ground involves so many people.

    • Samuel Orji

      Things like need serious attention and immediate respond.

  • Esohe Akhigbe

    we wouldn’t have gotten to this point if the assembly had carried the needed actions to avoid things like this from happening.

    • Blessing Nnena

      What are they even doing there when they can’t carry out the things that will make this country grow.

  • Destiny Whyte

    Is it only to seat down there and do nothing that’s what they are good for.

  • Blessing Nnena

    This guys should better do what they are suppose to not just seating and getting fat salary. How can they over look things that are important to Nigerians yet they said are representing us there.

  • Samuel Orji

    If this Senators and house reps members have Nigerians in their heart then this PIB should be pass to law since but what they are looking for is how to get rich everyday without considering civil servants who voted in. What will it take them to do this ?

  • Enumah

    Senators are clearly out for their selfish ends. The former and later are all the same, no sense of improvement.

  • Nwaobilor

    Why would these MPs think forward when it’s our fore fathers that are there. Why would these MPs think straight when they inappropriately sit and share oil blocks within the majority and the owners of these resources remain impoverished.