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Relocation of Tafawa Balewa Headquarters was done out of Yuguda’s ill-will …

| June 29, 2013 More

Gov Isa Yuguda

The Council of Sayawa,ZAAR, Chiefdom of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State, said the relocation of Tafawa Balewa Council Headquarters to Bununu, as well as the laying of foundation for the new secretariat by the Governor, Isa Yuguda and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly ,RT. Hon. Yahaya Miya, was to open Tafawa Balewa residents to militants’ attacks.

This was disclosed by Rev. Isaac Istifanus who read the statement on behalf of the group, at a press conference, held at the NUJ Secretariat in Jos, on Friday.

According to him, “Suffice it to state that, the relocation of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Headquarters was out of ill-will, as it was meant to pave way for attacks on the residents of Tafawa Balewa and its environs.

Decrying that, “Since the relocation, Tafawa Balewa has witnessed the most frequent and deadliest Fulani invasion with ostensible support of His Excellency.

Further lamenting, he said, “Indeed, with all the attacks on the residents, the Governor has never visited the area, or sent any government official, or even relief materials to victims.

Adding that, several people have lost their lives, others injured, and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Stressing that, “Bununu is one town in Bauchi State that is so hostile to Christianity, that it has no single Church standing (all Churches that were there were burnt down and Missionaries chased
away).

Istifanus maintained that, the actions of the state government was aimed at provoking the people of the aforementioned councils, to react negatively, but said, instead they resorted to prayers and fasting.

The group wondered why Tafawa Balewa would be singled out, when many parts of the state had faced serious security challenges, including the state capital, Bauchi, where several people and property worth millions of naira were lost, because of sects like “Sara suka and Boko Haram”.

He said that as peaceful people, they will continue to remain law abiding, but they would like the whole world to know the true situation of things.

It would be recalled that, Governor Isa Yuguda and the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Yahaya Miya had said earlier that the relocation of the headquarters of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area from Tafawa Balewa to Bununu, was aimed at stopping the spate of unrest that has bedeviled the area.

The two leaders stated this on the 7th June, 2013 while laying the foundation for the new Local Government Secretariat, in Bununu, saying, the relocation had stopped the spate of destruction of lives and property, which was almost spreading to neighbouring States.

The Governor then decried that, there was no justification for groups, which should be living together in peace, to be embroiled in destruction of lives and property, largely propelled by religious intolerance, stressing that neither Christianity nor Islam preaches violence.

“We had to say enough is enough to the ugly and near intractable situation by insisting that no further bloodletting on the land on account of the disagreement between some groups in the area.”

Maintaining that, “We believe the action has paved way for relative peace in the Local Government and we pray that blood will never be shed again on this land, which was founded by Tafawa Balewa, our leader and a man of peace and unity.

Also speaking, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Yahaya Miya, then admitted that the House spearheaded the relocation of the Local Government headquarters to Bununu as a means of ending the civil unrest that bedeviled the community.

He added that, they had to pass the bill to transfer the Council headquarters to Bununu when all other measures, including several commissions of enquiries, could not halt the spate of violence in the area.

Noting that since the local government was named after a man of peace, the people of the area must do all within their powers to be at peace with one another for development to thrive.

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