The Tiv people of Taraba State on Sunday appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to expedite action for the return of all displaced persons in the Jukun/Tiv crisis in the state.
The call was contained in a communique issued at the end of the third Ijir Tamen/19th Tiv Day celebration held in Bali.
The Tiv Council in the communique condemned the lingering Jukun/Tiv crisis and called for understanding on the part of the people, saying without peace, there could never be development.
The Ijir Tamen, which is an assembly of all Tiv traditional leaders and Tiv stakeholders, called on Ishaku to fast track the return of all displaced people back to their homes and rehabilitate them accordingly.
This is even as they condemned the crisis in Dan-Anacha in the Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, following the renaming of the village to Kwararafa by the governor.
Part of the communique read, “Meeting resolved that the Tiv people are not against the creation of Kwararafa Chiefdom, but government should allow the name of Dan-Anacha to remain the same as we have Nukkai, Mayo-Dassa, Mayo-Gwoi and Magami among others in Jalingo and other towns in the state.
“We want to emphasise that we are not settlers in Taraba State as being promoted in some quarters and that the government of Taraba and our neighbours in the state should accord us our rights and privileges as indigenes of Taraba State.”