Barely a year after the bloody genocide on the people of Agatu, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has appealed to the people of Agatu to give peace a chance and co-habit with the dangerous Fulani herdsmen as brothers.
Ortom made this appeal on Wednesday, during a visit with his Nassarawa State Governor counterpart, Tanko Umaru Al-Makura, to Agatu to implement peace and initiatives that would ensure the security of lives and property in the area.
He urged the Agatu people to forgive and allow the Fulanis to return quoting the Bible which admonishes that vengeance belongs to God. The Governor further stated that his kinsmen were similarly killed including his ancestral home destroyed by the Fulanis but they have long forgiven and moved on. He urged the people to find solace in the Peace Intiative and maintained that other meetings would be convened with selected stakeholders to find lasting peace in the area.
The spokesperson of the Agatu Mr. Akpan Idu, called for reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction as well as extension of the Federal Government’s North East reconstruction plan to Agatu area.
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah apologized and appealed for forgiveness on behalf of the Fulani People and pledged that his people will abide by the resolutions of the peace initiatives
The Agatu spokesperson further listed their acceptance of the registration of all returning Fulanis , monitoring of their movements and implementation of ban on the movement with arms by the both parties as a demonstration of of their commitment to the peace process.