Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state
Various stakeholders of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local government councils of Bauchi State have recommended the creation of Sayawa chiefdom in Tafawa Balewa without delay to check the recurrent ethno- religious crises which have denied the ancient city relative peace over the past four decades.
This was disclosed Saturday by members of the Peace Declaration and Memorandum of Understanding Committee between the various stakeholders of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local government areas mediation process towards finding lasting solution to the recurrence of religious crises in the areas.
According to the committee, “the recurring crises among the various peoples of Tafawa Balewa and by extension Bogoro dates backs to 1948 during the colonial era and it has of recent since 1991 resulted in the loss of several innocent lives and properties worth hundreds of millions of naira and the displacement of many families”.
Muktar Alhassan, who read the communiqué on behalf the stakeholders, said, ‘we recognise the need to go back to our age long practice of communal contribution and commitment to solving all the problems of the society. We undertake to complement the efforts of government to rebuild our burnt houses and places of business and worship to further engender the peaceful co-existence that have characterised the relationship between our fore fathers”.
The committee lamented that, successive administration including the Federal Government have set up various commissions and committees on the lingering crisis but no effort was however made to fully implement the recommendations of such commissions which is believed to be significantly responsible for the recurrence of the crisis.
Alhassan said, the people must endeavor to live in peace and respect the sanctity of each others religious beliefs and obligations with a view to engender a peaceful and egalitarian society.
He said, ‘it is the consensus of all the stakeholders and indeed the successive government of this state that these sad incidences have seriously hampered any meaningful progress in terms of social, economic, political and spiritual development of the various peoples that make up the two local government areas’.
He explained that, they have resolve that hence forth all religious and political leaders must preach and propagate peaceful co-existence and must conduct their activities devoid of any sentiments and any actions inimical to peaceful co-existence and harmony among the various peoples of the local government areas.