The government of Nasarawa State says it would setup a reconciliatory committee drawn from all sections of the society that will foster peace and unity of citizens in the state.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said this on Tuesday against the backdrop of the recent violent killings resulting form clashes between the Ombatse militia group of Eggon and the Alago ethnic group, while receiving a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, led by the Bishop of Anglican Diocese and Chairman of the state CAN Miller Meza, at the Government House Lafia.
Against the backdrop of the recent violent killings resulting from clashes between the Ombatse militia group of Eggon and the Alago ethnic groups, the governor stated that the committee will handle the provision of relief materials to those affected as a way of helping to reduce the hardship they face.
Al-Makura expressed appreciation for the visit as well as the efforts of the association towards sustaining peaceful co-existence amongst citizens and urged them to continue the campaign for a violence-free state.
He said further that his administration would continue to seek lasting peace and will ensure that all those responsible for the loss of innocent lives in the clash were brought to book.
About 50 people were said to have been killed in the clash that occurred two Sundays ago and many houses and properties destroyed by fire.
Sources close to the workings within the state said that some members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and some members of the National Assembly from the state are working in tandem on how to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency in the event that the spate of violence does not abate.
Meanwhile, troops deployed by the state to ensure peace and security are already yielding positive results, the Information minister, Labaran Maku has said.
Maku assured that government would continue to partner with stakeholders in the state to guard against the recurrence of such violence.
“We will continue to work in concert with all stakeholders in Nasarawa State; with all community leaders to make sure that we rein in all persons and groups that constitute a threat to public peace in our state,” he stated.
The crisis, according to the minister, cuts across the three Senatorial Districts of the state – from Awe to Doma to Ekye to Mararaba Udege to Kokona – and parts of Nasarawa Eggon.