By Ben Adoga
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has continued in her reconciliation process of feuding neighbours in Bwari town of Bwari Area Council.
Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello while addressing Bwari stakeholders at Sarkin Bwari’s palace recently, commended them for maintaining peace thus far, noting that what was needed were more visible acts of settlement.
“We want to see action. We may have preached peace, and talked peace enough. We want you to act peace. Sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari.
Malam Bello who was represented by Secretary, Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Abubakar Bappah, recalled how residents could not celebrate Christmas because of the incident, while lamenting the huge losses suffered by the people because of the crisis.
According to him, “Community stakeholders would also meet next week Tuesday in Esu Bwari’s palace; after which another meeting would take place with the traders, shop owners and tenants, possibly in the market place, while the final meeting will be held at a neutral venue within the council area.”
The Minister therefore urged the security agencies to maintain maximum alert, even as he tasked the village heads to report all unusual activities around their environment to the security agencies.
Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Hon. Musa Diko while addressing the people, ascribed the return of peace to the series of meetings conducted by his Council and the unflinching support of the FCT Minister. He noted that Bwari was the most peaceful in the FCT, because of the mutual understanding between the people which enabled it play its role effectively as the food basket of the FCT.
Diko also disclosed that his Council was “ensuring that the traditional institutions are properly funded to enable them handle their responsibilities effectively.” According him, the salaries of Chiefs have been upgraded by 100 percent, while there are other measures being considered to improve their welfare.
The youthful Bwari Chair, however warned against incisive and provocative messages, adding that his council was doing its best in the area of providing relief for the affected traders in line with directives from the FCT Minister.
On his part, an emotional Sarkin Bwari, Muhammed Awwal Musa Ijakoro II, bemoaned the huge damage inflicted on the community by the crisis, saying, “I wonder why such a crisis could happen given the long history of mutual coexistence between the Gbagyi, Koro, Hausa, as well as all the other tribes living in Bwari. I pray that such a thing should not happen in our midst again.”
Ijakoro while also calling on all the religious leaders to come together and preach peace, revealed that his step mom and some his brothers and sisters were Gbagyi, saying “I see no reason for us to be fighting ourselves. Without peace, there won’t be development. Please, let us live in peace. Bwari of today is not Bwari of yesterday; what has brought this development is peace. We should live in peace.”
Representative of the security agencies and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alpha Jibril said the agencies had neither rested nor slept since 25th December because of the ‘dastardly acts of some residents”.
Jibril, talked tough while stressing that the law enforcement agencies were ready to deal decisively with the perpetrators of trouble in the community. The police chief also warned that fighting has never resolved anything in life, stating, “We don’t want you people to fight, but he who fights, we will fight him.”