BY suzan edeh
BAUCHI—In a bid to prevent future occurrence of last Thursday’s crisis, which claimed many lives in Tafawa Balewa area of Bauchi State, Governor Isa Yuguda yesterday, threatened to demolish Tafawa Balewa town with the exception of government institutions like hospitals and schools.
Meanwhile, residents of the town and its environs have resolved to live in peace with one another irrespective of their differences whether real or imagined.
Governor Yuguda, while receiving the report of the high powered stakeholders consultative meeting held weekend at the Government House, said that though his administration had resolved never to extend any material and or monetary assistance to victims of any man-made disturbances in the state, saying “the present situation has compelled me to rescind that earlier decision. We shall assist but on the condition that this shall be the last.”
Conditions for Tafawa Balewa’s existence
The Governor, who did not hide his displeasure over the incessant crises in the area which haveclaimed many innocent lives and valuable property said: “In future, we have resolved not to tolerate any disturbance in whatever form. We have tolerated enough; we have handled enough and we shall now act decisively no matter the consequences.
“You should either embrace peaceful coexistence or stand the risk of total ejection from Tafawa Balewa. I shall direct the complete demolition of the town for peace to reign.”
While presenting their resolutions to the governor after an emergency joint stakeholders meeting of Muslims and Christians representatives of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local government areas convened at the instance of the the governor in Bauchi, spokesman of the community, Dr. Salisu Shehu read the agreement reached between the two groups.
Shehu, who lost a relation in the last crisis, said: “We are assuring the Governor that Tafawa Balewa and its environs shall remain peaceful while the residents will remain law abiding.
“We, however, want to appeal for assistance to all the victims of the recent disturbance and compensation for losses incurred.”