*claims Tiv people have killed 320 Fulani people and 2,800 cattle
*accuse Tiv political elite of frustrating settlement due to differences with Suswam
Below are Highlights of Gololo’s views:
“In Guma, there is a peculiar problem with the people there, because the people in that local government breed militants whom they gave military uniform to attack the Fulani living there. They killed and stole their cows. At the last count, 2,800 cows were killed and stolen, while 320 Fulani were killed in that area; that was the cause of crisis there. When all these things were going on, the governors of Benue and Nasarawa set up a committee headed by Ter Makurdi, but unfortunately, no positive result was achieved by the committee until the crisis got out of control. As I am talking to you now, we don’t have any Fulani in the Tiv-speaking area. All of them have fled to Taraba State and Cameroon.
“The problem with those areas is that the people around those areas killed one elderly Fulani man. After that, those youths, who were responsible for the killing, ran away and the people did nothing until the crisis had to degenerate to that level.
“People are only heaping blame on the Fulani for everything. Unfortunately, most of the attacks were not carried out by Fulani cattle rearers. After all the state governor had said this that the people only camouflaged as Fulani herdsmen. Most of these crises were caused by the Tiv themselves. Some of them are doing this to sabotage governor’s efforts, that is why some people read political meaning to these crises. They are not happy with the governor’s efforts at stopping the crisis.
“It is not Fulani that perpetrated that evil. As I am talking to you now, you cannot see any Fulani man in Guma. I told you that these people have militia that went to Keyana and killed people there. For instance, recently, along Naka road, an Imam was killed thinking he was a Fulani man. They have been killing our people, that is why they have all fled to Taraba and Cameroon.
“Of course, we registered them and we always use the list to monitor their movement. As I said earlier, all the Fulani in Tiv-speaking area have all fled. Before now, we had 960 Fulani in Makurdi, 1,003 in Guma, 408 in Gwer West, 1,200 in Katsina Ala, 420 in Logo, 200 in Kwande, 200 in Buruku and 360 in Zaki Biam; all have left, you can only find some of them now in Idoma-speaking area of the state.
“All of us want peace. No one will say he wants violence, thank God the newly elected president of the association in Nigeria promised during his inauguration that he would strive to ensure that peace reign in all the troubled areas like Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau and other affected areas. So, I will urge the state governor to call on the new leadership of the association to dialogue with it to ensure that peace return to this state.
Also my advice to the governor is to appoint neutral persons to the committee set up so that they can discharge their duties with no fear or favour. On our side, we are ready for peace.
#He spoke in Makurdi with Johnson Babajide of Nigerian Tribune.