Mambila Crisis: Monarch Calls For Compensation For Fulani Victims

Mambila Crisis: Monarch Calls For Compensation For Fulani Victims

Ben Adaji, Jalingo

Chief of Mambila, Shehu Audu said the Fulani were mostly affected by the crisis that rocked Mambila Plateau in Taraba State in 2017 and deserve compensation.

Audu made the declaration yesterday while receiving a team from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in his palace in Sardauna Local Government Area.

The monarch said the victims need to be compensated for the huge loses they incurred as a result of the conflict.

The paramount ruler lamented the negative effect of the crisis in the area, identifying food crisis as the major repercussion.

He appealed to all parties in the crisis to forget the past and embrace peace for the development of the area.

The paramount ruler commended the federal government for its intervention by providing relief to the victims.

“I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the provision of relief materials to victims of communal crisis on the Mambila.

“It is obvious that the Fulani were the major victims of the crisis as more lives were lost on their side and their source of livelihood of unimaginable proportion were destroyed and as such require to be assisted.

“I pray we do not experience such a disaster again.

“I appeal to the people to forget the past and embrace peace for the development and growth of our land.

“You can see the attendant consequences of the Mambila crisis on us, especially in the area of food production.

“Today, everyone is suffering from hunger due to the effect of the crisis and I curse the instigators forever”, he said.

Earlier, the Head of Operations, NEMA, Adamawa and Taraba Office, Mr Ayuba Ladan, said the federal government is concerned over the effect of the crisis on the people.

Ladan said though the distribution of relief materials would cover 10 local government, he noted that President Buhari had given special attention to the people of Mambila.

The head of the team appealed to the warring factions, as well as the victims to forgive one another.

While thanking the paramount ruler and his people for the warm reception, he assured them of fairness in the distribution of the relief materials.

On his part, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Ardo Jika said the provision of the relief by the federal government was a demonstration that the president is concerned over the wellbeing of the people of Mambila.

Jika, who noted that government could not completely compensate the victims for their losses, added that the gesture was to assist those who lost all their sources of livelihood.

He appealed to the people to unite for the development of the area.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that the crisis broke out between Fulani and the Mambila tribe in the area resulting in the loss of many lives and property.

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