By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Iregwe and Rukuba speaking communities of Bassa local government area in Plateau state, on Wednesday signed a peace accord after a joint peace summit, geared toward ending decades of civil unrest that have consumed lives.
The Rukuba speaking people with Iregwe both of Bassa local government area took the decision to end the fight in the presence of security operatives keeping peace in the state.
“That both communities shall henceforth, be meeting periodically irrespective of the state of affairs between us, brothers and his display of love and commitment for peace and peaceful coexistence.”
Representive of the Plateau state government, a staff of Plateau Peace Agency Dr. Godwin Okoko, said Plateau state government is happy with the moved, the two communities who resolved to live in peace with one another.
Dr. Okoko revealed that government has put in place several strategy that will ensure lasting peace is brought back to Plateau state.
The Plateau state government representative at peace summit, commended efforts of security operatives who have been up and doing in nipping some of the unrest in the bud.
The peace agreement was jointly signed by President Iregwe Development Association IDA Hon Sunday Akson Abdu and President BCDA Mr. Jacob Agal.
The two ethics groups made the resolution at old government house hall, assuring the public that they will press on their subjects to live in peace with one another.
“That we note the activities of criminal elements masquerading as ethnic fighters each time they want to perpetrate their nefarious activities, thereby giving crime an ethnic colouration.”
It advised both members of the two communities to ensure that every form of dispute bedeviling Bassa local government area was put to a permanent rest.
“That individuals with all forms of disputes, including land should exhaust all available avenues of resolving them.”
It however decried that there are criminals, not among the two tribals, but perpetrating some of the crimes; it said will shall be on the watch.
“That stereotyping and lumping whole ethnic group on the basis of the activities of a few recalcitrant ones is detrimental to the sustenance of peace and the promotion of unity.”
According those who attended the peace summit said it was apt, due to reported cases of skirmishes.
The meeting had in attendance community leaders, Peace stakeholders and Journalists.