Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has blamed Egburra and Bassa elites for the ongoing war in Toto Local Government of the State, stating that leaders of the two warring communities would be hold responsible if the crisis persists.
The governor stated this when he paid a visit Internally Displaced Persons at the palace of Ohimege Opanda,His Royal Highness, Usman Abdullahi at Umaisha community of Toto Local Government.
He identified elites of Egburra and Bassa as a cogwheel to the development of Toto,he described the incident as unfortunate causing mutual suspicion and hatred amongst the warring communities.
“I feel down cast with sickness” he further maintained that the lingering crisis was due to lack of coercion and love lost”.
Al-Makura attributed the slow pace of development in Toto Local Government to lack of understanding amongst Egburra and Bassa people distance the State
Government from embarking meaningful projects in the crisis stricken area
He called on the highly placed personalities to change the negative perceptions inherited by their forbearance.
“The ongoing hatred among the Egburra and Bassa is perilous to the lives of the masses which if not tackle systematically would consumed the two tribes.
“The elites has sowed seed of discord and would be bequeathed the generation yet unborn “.Don’t believe in negative history, he added.
Al-Makura said government is doing it possible best by finding ways of smoothening relationship by embarking on serious projects like road construction, addressing ecological problems.
The law is not a respecter of anybody whether a monarch, politician amongst other privileged persons.
The executive chairman of Toto Local Government Prince Nuhu Dauda commended the State governor for the visit which he described as timely.
“The visit was a clear demonstration of love and passion for the people you governed not only Toto but the entire State”.
Dauda said the war in Toto was a spillover of incident that happened on the 21st April 2018 at Bassa Local Government area of Kogi State.
“The victims of Bassa crisis in Kogi State seek refuge in Umaisha and other villages in Toto an issue that generated serious tension.
The Chairman appealed to governor Al-Makura to set up an investigation into the current pandemonium with a view to fish out the actors responsible and let the law take its cause.
Nuhu Dauda confirmed that over 12,000 persons were displaced while several houses and properties destroyed.
The traditional ruler, Usman Abdullahi thanked the State governor for the visit, as he opined that the deployment of more special forces would quell the crisis as he called on his people to be law abiding citizens.