Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

Bello begins reconciling feuding communities in Bwari

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has kicked off series of round-table meetings, aimed reconciling feuding communities in Bwari, Bwari Area Council.
Bello while addressing stakeholders at Sarkin Bwari Palace, last week, commended them for maintaining peace sign 2017 Christmas Day mayhem in the area, noting that what was needed was more visible acts of settlement.
Represented by the Secretary, Area Councils Services Secretariat (ACSS), Adamu Abubakar Bappah, the Minister recalled how residents could not celebrate Christmas because of the incident, while lamenting the huge losses suffered by the people because of the crisis.
According to him,“We want to see action. We may have preached peace, and talked peace enough.
“We want you to act peace. Sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari.
“Community stakeholders would also meet next week Tuesday in Esu Bwari’s palace; after which another meeting would take place with the traders, shop owners and tenants, possibly in the market place, while the final meeting will be held at a neutral venue within the council area.”
The Minister therefore urged the security agencies to maintain maximum alert, even as he tasked the village heads to report all unusual activities around their environment to the security agencies.
Also speaking, Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Hon. Musa Diko, ascribed the return of peace to the series of meetings conducted by Council leadership as well as the unflinching support of the FCT Minister.
He noted that Bwari used to be the most peaceful in the FCT, because of the mutual understanding between the people which enabled it play its role effectively as the food basket of the FCT.
Diko also disclosed that his Council was “ensuring that the traditional institutions are properly funded to enable them handle their responsibilities effectively.”
According him, the salaries of Chiefs have been upgraded by 100 percent, while there are other measures being considered to improve their welfare.
The Bwari Chairman, however warned against incisive and provocative messages, adding that his council was doing its best in the area of providing relief for the affected traders in line with directives from the FCT Minister.
On his part, Sarkin Bwari, Muhammed Awwal Musa Ijakoro II, bemoaned the huge damage inflicted in the community by the crisis.
He adds:“I wonder why such a crisis could happen given the long history of mutual coexistence between the Gbagyi, Koro, Hausa, as well as all the other tribes living in Bwari.
“But I pray that such a thing should not happen in our midst again.”
The Monarch therefore called on all the religious leaders to come together and preach peace, revealed that his step mom and some his brothers and sisters were Gbagyi.
According to him, “I see no reason for us to be fighting ourselves. “Without peace, there won’t be development. Please, let us live in peace. Bwari of today is not Bwari of yesterday; what has brought this development is peace. We should live in peace.”
Representative of the security agencies and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alpha Jibril said the agencies have neither rested nor slept since 25th December because of the ‘dastardly acts of some residents”.
Jibril, reiterated that the law enforcement agencies were ready to deal decisively with the perpetrators of trouble in the community.
The police chief also warned that fighting one another has never resolved anything in life.
“We don’t want you people to fight, but he who fights, we will fight him,” he stressed.

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