Governor Al-makura convened a summit to address the security challenges in Nasarawa state.
Some prominent Nasarawa indigenes expected at a peace summit convened on Sunday by the state governor, Tanko Al-makura, were conspicuously absent.
The former governor of Nasarawa State, Aliyu Doma; Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; and a senator representing Nasarawa North at the National Assembly, Solomon Ewuga; all missed the summit which was convened as an effort towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis that has bedeviled the state for the past two years.
Messrs Maku and Ewuga have both denied allegations of the membership and sponsorship of a cult group, Ombatse, which killed scores of Nigerian security officials recently in Nasarawa. Both men are Eggon, the ethnic group that members of the Ombatse belong to.
At the summit, Governor Al-makura stressed the need for patriotism as a cardinal plank of his administration to attain political and socio-economic advancement of the state; adding that the problem of the state is the lack of basic infrastructure which forms the bedrock of development in any society.
He said, “Some of the problems in the state were there before I came in and others emerged as I came in like the Ombatse coming to my notice in November last year 2012, which of course is the problem of basic infrastructure”.
The governor lamented the use of arms by the Ombatse militia group to perpetrate criminal activities and cause disaffection among the ethnic groups the state.
“How can we continue to harbour a small group of people who continue to carry arms which we know the people behind them and I want you to know that the decision to apprehend the leader of the group was taken at the security council meeting”, he said.
He lamented that the commissioner for agriculture in the state, Samuel Meshi, was attacked and his farmland destroyed by the Ombatse group.
Mr. Al-makura pleaded with the stakeholders to sue for peace in the state.
“We have come a long way in our struggle for the state, hence should maintain that cordial relationship that brought us together by supporting this administration in proffering solution to the Ombatse menace,” he said.
Prominent at the summit were a former governor of the state, Abdullahi Adamu; Solomon Adokwe; and Joseph Kigbu.