FCTA commences reconciliation on Bwari crisis

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Nigeria has commenced meetings to maintaining peace among communities in Bwari, Bwari Area Council after crisis in the area on December 25th, 201.

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello while addressing Bwari stakeholders at Sarkin Bwari Palace commended them for maintaining peace while urging them to act fast.

Malam Bello who was represented by Secretary for Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Abubakar Bappah stated that the people of Bwari did not celebrate Christmas due to the incidence.

We have not been having a sound sleep since 25th December, last year, adding that peace is gradually returning to Bwari.

According to him, the Bwari peace stakeholders would also meet next week Tuesday in Esu Bwari’s palace after which another meeting would would be held with traders, shop owners and renters, possibly in the market place, while the final meeting will be held at a neutral venue within the council area.

Living together peacefully
The Minister therefore urged the security agencies to keep an eye on the principal actors, even as he tasked all the village heads to report all unusual activities within their environment.

“Up to today, all we hear is rumours. Not even the traditional rulers can say what it is. These people have been living together peacefully for the past 30 or more years; so what is the problem now? Something must have happened,” he said.

Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Honourable Musa Dikko while addressing the people, said the return of peace to the council was as a result of an unflinching support of the FCT Minister.

He said that Bwari was the most peaceful in the FCT, because it was the food basket of the FCT, “which means we are the food security of the FCT because when people are hungry, there can be no peace”.

Dikko also stated that his government was ensuring that the traditional institutions were properly handled to enable them discharge their responsibilities effectively, especially the 100 percent upgrading of Bwari chiefs’ salaries among others.

The Chairman, however warned against incisive and provocative messages, adding that the council was doing its best in the area of providing relief for the affected traders in line with directives from the FCT Minister.

On his part, the Sarkin Bwari, Muhammed Awar Musa Ijakoro II, regretted that the crisis resulted into the burning of Bwari market.

According to him, “I wonder why such things happen because the history of Bwari involves the Gbagyi, koro, Hausa, and all the other tribes living together in peace. We married among ourselves. I wonder why such a problem happened, but it is gone now. I pray that such a thing should not happen in our midst again”.

Ijakoro while also calling on all the religious leaders to come together and keep preach peace, revealed “my step mom was Gbagyi and some of my brothers and sisters were Gbagyi, I see no reason for us to be fighting ourselves”.

“Without peace, there won’t be development. Please, let us live in peace. Bwari of today is not Bwari of yesterday; what has brought this development is peace. We should live in peace,”he said.

Representative of the security agencies and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alpha Jibril said the agencies have not rested and slept since 25th December because of the ‘dastardly acts of some residents”.

Jibril, however wondered that, “all of you are preaching peace and talking peace here in this palace, are those causing trouble from heaven? They live among us. We are not begging anybody. The government is not begging you….it is an experience for all of us in the security community; so if you want peace, you will get peace.”

The police chief also warned that fighting has never resolved anything in life. “We don’t want you people to fight, but he who fights, we will fight him. Report anyone who ferments trouble.”

It would be recalled that reprisal attacks in Bwari on December 25th December, last year led to burning down of shops, following a killing of one person on the Christmas Eve, forcing the FCT Administration to intervene to forestall future occurrence.



Lateefah Ibrahim