- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama and The Most Rev. Dr. James Bature organised a peace conference over Tiv/Jukun rivalry
- In attendance were Governors Ishaku of Taraba and Ortom of Benue state
- The people in attendance all agreed to put aside their differences and work for the unity of Tiv and Jukun
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Diocese of Jos and The Most Rev. Dr. James Bature have settled the historical rivalry between the Jukun of Taraba and the Tiv people of Benue state.
The Punch reports that Kaigama and Bature who are Jukun and Tiv respectively met in the seminary over 40 years ago and have since maintained a good friendship.
The duo spoke at a peace conference on Friday, January 18 which also had the presence of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku.
The two governors thanked the religious leader for the peace moves. Governor Ortom also applauded Ishaku’s revolution in the traditional institution and called for the recognition of Tivs in Taraba by giving them chiefs as it was done in Benue for the Jukun.
He said: “We must do things that will unite our people and peace can only be sustained where there are equity, justice and fairness.
“We will continue to protect our people and our land for we were elected to do so. We will not fall for the intimidation of those who are doing everything to cow us.”
Governor Ishaku called for peaceful coexistence among the people and challenged those in the academics to “come out with well-researched books on topics that would enhance peace and promote good neighbourliness in the country."
They all agreed to put aside their differences and work for the unity of Tiv and Jukun.
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Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said that there were no cattle grazing routes in the state.
The Punch reports that the governor made this claim on Thursday, January 17, at the NKST Church, Buruku, while interacting with the officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
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