Lalong meets with Berom, Fulani leaders
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Thursday met with leaders of Berom and Fulani herdsmen in Riyom and Barkin Ladi local governments to find solution to lingering crises in the areas.
Lalong said the meeting was to give the leaders opportunity to openly express themselves and suggest ways to stop attacks and reprisals in the areas.
The governor said he earlier met with the Beroms and Fulani herdsmen at separate occasions where they expressed themselves.
“ I decided to bring them together to talk and chart a common front.
“Initially, we met with security chiefs, shortly after; we met with the Fulanis, where they thoroughly expressed themselves. After that, we met Berom leaders.
“The summary of all the meetings is that everybody is tired of crises and we all want peace. Today is an opportunity for all of us to find lasting peace in Plateau’’, he said.
The governor said the essence of governance was peace, hence the reason for the series of meetings his administration had held with various stakeholders within the last two months.
Mr Nasiru Oki, Commissioner of Police in Plateau, said the meeting was very fruitful.
Oki said a committee had been set up to look into key issues deliberated upon by the parties towards bringing the desired lasting peace.
“We are very optimistic that the meeting would yield the desired lasting peace in Plateau particularly in Riyom and Barkin Ladi’’, he said.
Alhaji Idris Gidado of Gashish District, who represented the Fulani herdsmen, said it was the first time that state government would bring parties together to deliberate with understanding and maturity.
He thanked the governor for the meeting and expressed optimism that the Beroms and Fulanis would henceforth stay together peacefully.
Mr Pam Gyang, for Berom, said it was the desire of his people to co-exist peacefully just as their ancestors did, adding that the meeting afforded such opportunity.
Gyang said Berom and Fulanis used to coexist peacefully, speak the same language, and even intermarry, but regretted that such no longer existed among them in the recent past.
According to him, with frank talks, the people will now be free to go to their farms and those rearing cattle will also graze them peacefully.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by traditional rulers, security chiefs, youth leaders and other stakeholders.
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