The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has expressed delight with steps taken by the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, towards ensuring the peaceful return of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to their ancestral homes.
The Internally Displaced Persons include those from the governor’s hometown, Gudi.
The MBF Deputy National President, Engr. Tanko Baba Abdullahi, who led the delegation on a visit to the traditional ruler of Gudi and father of the governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Sule Bawa, praised Governor Sule for demonstrating unprecedented commitment towards peaceful co-existence of all ethnic groups in the State.
The delegation while at the traditional ruler’s palace expressed delight at the recent return of Tiv communities that were sacked following the outbreak of a crisis that rocked the town.
The statement explained that the governor has proven to be a true father to all ethnic groups living not only in Gudi, but also various parts of the State.
The statement added, “We are also grateful to the Almighty God that as the father to Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, you have always offered him a fatherly advice which we believe eventually facilitated the peaceful return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their sacked villages.”
Engr. Abdullahi noted that the middle belt is pleased with Governor Sule for this achievement and for being a true democratic leader for all ethnic nationalities living in Nasarawa State.
“The Middle Belt Forum is also proud of Your Royal Highness and we are also greatly inspired by your passionate pursuit of peace for all ethnic groups living in Gudi,” Engr Abdullahi added.
Also speaking, the President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Mr Jonathan Asake, thanked the paramount ruler for standing up for his subjects and working towards the resettlement of displaced people in his domain.
He extolled the humane disposition of Governor Sule in ensuring that all displaced persons returned to their villages.
In his response, the Sarkin Gudi welcomed the delegation and called on Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue as means of resolving crisis, instead of resorting to confrontation.
He noted that each time there is a problem, people will start blaming the devil.
He called on the people to be united and do what is expected of them, assuring that there would be peace.
He added, “We have relevant democratic structures that encourage resolution of our problems.
‘As a people we should always refer to our political representatives and ensure that our demands reach to our political leaders for resolution.”