Following the public appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari to Governors of Benue and Taraba States as well as their traditional and political leaders for an urgent de-escalation of the crisis between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, the two states have slated a meeting of stakeholders today, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center, Abuja.
The meeting between the representatives of the two states has been called to resolve the lingering Tiv/Jukun crisis which has of recent, claimed lives of innocent persons and property.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement, said “In addition to the two state Governors, the meeting is expected to be attended by their traditional, religious and political leaders, as well as other stakeholders.
“The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is also attending the meeting as a stakeholder and guarantor, to assure full federal government backing for the implementation of resolutions arising from the meeting.”
A few days ago, President Buhari conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between the Tiv and Jukun neighbours and maintaining peace in the two states which had witnessed series of violent clashes.