President Muhammadu Buhari has given a marching order to the government and the traditional rulers of Benue and Taraba States to bring an end the hostility between the Tiv and Jukun people.
The order came on the heels of the recent murder of a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. David Tanko at Kpankufu village in Taraba State.
The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, also directed the Tiv and the Aku Uka of Wukari religious and community leaders in the two states to meet urgently to bring an end to persistent violent clashes between the two ethnic groups.
President Buhari said the Federal Government will not sit idly and watch the deep-seated aggressive relationship between the Tiv and Jukun people fester.
The president On behalf of the Federal government and the entire people of the country offer his condolences to the Catholic community, the government and people of Taraba over the losses arising from recent incidents involving the warring communities.
He also assured the affected communities that the Federal government will not leave them to their fate or treat cases of communal violence with levity and indifference adding that the deployment of security men can only provide a temporary solution.
The long lasting solution to this depend on the willingness of those involved to listen to reason and give peace a chance.