Thursday, 4 February 2016

Fulani/ Agatu bloody clash: Mark wants Benue, Nasarawa Govts' urgent intervention -urges combatants to sheathe sword.

Former President of the Senate , Senator David Mark has urged the Benue and Nasarawa state governments to set up a mediation committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of hostilities between the people of Agatu  and the Fulani herdsmen to halt the continued  loss of lives and properties.
Fulani in Nasarawa  state  are said to  be having boundary  dispute with   Agatu  people of Benue state.

Fresh hostilities broke out last weekend between the Agatu and Fulani herdsmen leaving at least seven persons dead, several others injured and scores of properties destroyed.
Senator Mark in a reaction to  the crisis enjoined the Benue and Nasarawa state governments to immediately wade into the matter and restore normalcy.  In doing so, the former Senate President suggested an urgent mediation and reconciliation joint committee  to halt further  hostilities.
He also requested security agencies  to collaborate with each other in order  to arrest the situation  forthwith.

Senator Mark implored the security operatives to leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to book  at least to serve as deterrent to others.
A worried Senator Mark stressed: " We cannot continue to fight this  needless war . No matter what the matter may be , We must return to the dialogue table in a give and  take manner . Whatever cannot be resolved through dialogue cannot be resolved through the barrels  the gun.

"We must say no to this resort to  barbaric ways of settling disagreements . We must tolerate each other and live in harmony. That is the only way we can make progress and truly develop our communities."
Senator Mark believes that no community or nation can live in isolation, saying " we need each other to give meaning to life. "

Paul Mumeh
Media Assistant to Senator Mark

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