“There is need for us, the Eggon, Alago, Tiv and other tribes in this area to reunite irrespective of our diverse ethnic, political and religious.
The Eggon and Alago communities of Nasarawa State on Friday agreed to live in peace and resolve the communal crises between them and others in the area.
The Eggon spokesman, Ibrahim Jatau, made this known at a meeting with Alago and other tribes in Tudun Adabu, Obi Local Government Area of the state.
“The security challenges facing our area, the state and some parts of the country have negatively affected the socio-economic development of the state and the country.
“Without peace no meaningful development can be achieved in any society. Peace is priceless and non-negotiable.
“There is need for us, the Eggon, Alago, Tiv and other tribes in this area to reunite irrespective of our diverse ethnic, political and religious groups to embrace peace for speedy development to be achieved for our benefit.”
He, however, identified envy, hatred, poverty, fear of domination, misinformation, lack of forgiveness and lack of respect to constituted authority as the causes of the crises.
Mr. Jatau commended Governor Tanko Al-Makura for his developmental strides, especially in the area of infrastructure, and called for its sustenance.
He appealed to the state government to extend its developmental programme to their communities, adding that the communities lacked good road, potable water, health and educational facilities, among others.
Mr. Jatau said the facilities, when provided, would not only improve on the standard of living of the people but would also boost economic activities of the state.
Also speaking, Solomon Chunku, a Tiv representative, attributed the crises in the communities and other parts of the country to ”the handwork of devil”.
He, therefore, called on the people to pray for the return of peace in the country and urged the people to support the Al-Makura administration to enable it succeed in moving the state forward.