By Udeh Gabriel
The Kaduna State Peace Commission has commenced moves to broker peace between warring Communities of Atakar Chiefdom in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State and Ganawuri people of Plateau State.
The age long crises between the two communities of Attakad and Ganawuri people had led to loss of many lives and properties over the years.
Speaking during a Peace Dialogue at the Agwam Takad Palace in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State, the Chief of Atakar, Mr Tobias Nkom disclosed that the lingering crises between the Atakar naitives,/Fulanis and Atein people of Ganawuri has been an Age-long crises.
According to him as a result of the constant peace meeting and the Commission continues engagement, the region had experienced relative peace, noting that they’ve not recorded any form of attack since April 2020.
“On the 10th of June, we invited Kafanchan Area Commandant, Military and other head of Security agencies for a meeting through our Initiative and had discussion, which we understand that only the Atakar naitives and the Fulanis can allow peace to reign”, adding that the security agencies cannot restored peace in the area alone.
“We formed a committee in August this year which comprises both the Atakar people and the Fulanis which a Fulani Man is heading that Committee, they’ve done a thorough work and advised the Atakar people that have been displaced should start returning to their various Communities and the displaced Fulanis respectively, he said.
The Paramount ruler said most of the major insecurity “they’re having today is always coming from Plateau State which led to were a District was completely displaced.
He alleged that the Ateing people and the Fulanis in Ganawuri in Ryom local government area of Plateau State conspired and displaced the Atakar people living in the Plateau axis.
“The arrest of 3 Ganawuris and 2 Fulanis removing the roofing sheets of the displaced Atakar people on 14th of June this year has helped us to know who have been attacking our people”, he said, adding that this has assisted in restoring peace in our area.
The Chief added that boundary is another major problem that has been in existence for decades, and urged the State Government to step in an address the issue which he believe, would end the lingering crises between the boarder Plateau and Kaduna Communities.
He appealed to the Atta of Ateing in Plateau State to appoint a District Head amongst the Attakar people living in his Chiefdom, looking at their population, and stressed that doing so would further unite them as a people and any information that would bring insecurity in the area would be brought to him.
The permanent Commissioner, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Haj Khadija Gambo calls on the warring parties to sheath their swords and consider humanity first in their endeavors.
She maintained the commission is working hand-in-hand with Plateau Peace Commission to continue to strengthen peace dialogue amongst the warring Communities of Plateau State and Kaduna State respectively.
“The people must come back and live together, to avoid lack of understanding and suspecious lingering among them, adding that effort s are already in place to continue strengthen dialogue within the grass roots.” Khadija added.
It was also learnt that both Attakar native and Fulanis living in Zangang District that were completely sacked have resolved to return and live together.