By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Fulani and Berom community leaders in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State have resolved to put behind them the hostilities of the recent past and embrace peace for normalcy to return.
The leaders who spoke at a peace parley organised by a non-governmental organisation, Young Ambassadors for Community Peace Inter-faith Foundation, YACPIF, said the cordial relationship which had existed between them for years must not be thrown to the dogs.
The leaders who included legislators representing the area at different levels of government suggestedÂ measures that would help heal wounds and foster peace.
Senator representing Plateau North District, Dr. Gyang Dantong stressed the need to get those who fled the area in the wake of the crisis to return and be re-united with other members of the community.
â€œAs a Berom man, Iâ€™ve enjoyed relationship with the Fulanis more than my Berom kinsmen and I will do anything within my power to guarantee peace between Berom and Fulani,â€ he said and commended the foundation for initiating the parley.
In a similar contribution, member representing the Riyom Local Government in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Emmanuel Damboyi Jugul suggested more inter-tribal marriages among ethnic groups and proper upbringing of children as ways of promoting peace.
According to him, many children because of lack of proper upbringing had become uncontrollable and no longer listen to elders in the community.