By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN – Against the backdrop of allegation by the warring people of Tsaragi that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has taken side with his town people of Share over the renewed communal clash that had claimed many lives and over 50 buildings,the governor has described the allegation as shocking, unfair and inappropriate representation of what transpired in the recent peace meeting.
The Tsaragi community had last friday at a press conference in ilorin accused the governor for taking sides with his town people of Share.
Speaking at the press conference,the spokesperson of the people of Tsaragi community, Dr. Abdullahi Idris said that,”It is not safe to assume that Governor Ahmed is behind the current episode going by his recent actions and utterances and thereby there is no doubt that the new commission of inquiry will be partial”.
According to them,”Clearly, everything points to Governor Ahmed as the stumbling block towards the resolution of the crisis”.
They said,”We observed at meetings attended by the Tsaragi community with the Governor Ahmed at Government House, Ilorin, that Governor Ahmed asked questions and provided the answers at the same time while addressing salient issues.
“We have also observed that the Governor Ahmed asserted that no community owns land and threatening land owners to adopt give and take approach. This cannot be stands of a neutral governor and chief security officer of the state”
”In the light of the one sided disposition openly displayed by Governor Ahmed, the Nupes of Tsaragi community have no reason whatsoever to participate in another inquiry moreso, one the recommendations of all the precious commissions and panels of the crisis which had been adopted by the government of Kwara state have not be implemented”.
They however reiterated that, the Nupes of Tsaragi community have no confidence and trust in the institution of another judicial commission of inquiry by the government of Governor Ahmed.
But Governor Ahmed in a counter press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba denied the claims by the angry people of Tsaragi coommunity.
According to the statement,,”lt has come to the notice of the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed that the people of Tsaragi in Edu Local Government Area of the State have, at a Press Conference alleged that the he is partisan or partial in the communal crisis between Share, his home town, and Tsaragi.”
“The allegations levelled against the governor by the people of Tsaragi, to say the least is shocking, unfair and inappropriate representation of what transpired during peace meeting he had with the people of the community.the statement added.
It further noted that,”For the avoidance of doubt, Gov. Ahmed swore to an oath of Office as the Governor of the State to be impartial to all, irrespective of ethnic, religious beliefs and other persuasions, he can, therefore, not take sides on the matter at hand. The fact that he is from Share by birth can not in any way influence his decision on matters of the state, especially security related matters.”
It also clarified that,”On the advice of the governor that all shades of views on how to resolve the recurring crisis between Share and Tsaragi, including, if need be, the application of the concept of ‘give and take’, it is painful that such advice is seen by some party in the dispute as “threatening land owners “, when in fact the governor expressed the same view when he had peace talks with the people of Share after the session with the people of Tsaragi.”
“It could be recalled that Gov. Ahmed told both parties that the people of Share and Tsaragi have to learn to co -habit peacefully and draw strength and inspiration in their diversity for infrastructure and economic development of both communities.”it stressed.
The statement alsostated,”It is also on record that the leader of the Tsaragi delegation, Dr Muhammed Haruna in public glare said to the effect that both communities must live together in peace. This is on the same page with the position of Gov. Ahmed, rather than the tar of partisanship that the people who claimed to have addressed the Press attempted to paint him.”
“For the umpteenth time, Dr Ahmed calls on communities in the state to be one another’s brother keepers while reiterating his determination to guarantee peace and harmony in the state.”the statement said.