From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The Tiv communities in Nasarawa State have demanded that the upcoming Local Government Area election in the state be postponed to enable the scattered communities who have been displaced by herdsmen attacks to return to their bases.
Tiv Youth Organization said said in a statement issued yesterday in Lafia, drew the attention of the State Government and other stakeholders that election may not be successful in the various Tiv communities, stressing that at this tim holding the Local Government Area election a the moment will amount to monumental injustice against the Tiv people of the state who are still in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state and beyond.
President of the organization, Comrade Peter Ahemba, who has threaten a legal action against the State Government and he Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) argued that it will amount to disfranchising the Tiv people of the state who he said are still in various Internally Displaced Persons camps, IDPs, as a result of attacks and destruction of lives and property meted on them by Fulani herdsmen.
The statement called on the State Independent Electoral Commission, NASIEC, to suspend all arrangements for the election, pending the return of peace to the affected communities so as to allow for full participation by eligible men and women of the Tiv community in the interest of fairness and justice.
“Ordinarily the Tiv Youth Organization would have maintained silence and watch events as they unfold towards the conduct of the scheduled election, we deemed it pertinent to draw the attention of the state government and other stakeholders involved that holding such election at this time will amount to monumental injustice against the Tiv people of the state who are still in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state and beyond”
“It is no longer news that the Tiv people, particularly in the Southern Senatorial District comprising Awe, Doma, Keana, Obi and Lafia Local Government Areas of the state had been chased out of their ancestral homes by Fulani herdsmen including the wanton destruction of lives and property of our people”
“While we appreciate and acknowledge the good intention behind the resolve to conduct the councils election to allow for the emergence of democratic leadership at the third tier of government which we also trust will enhance speedy development at the grassroots level, we however note with great concern that the exercise is coming at a time the Tiv people have not had the enabling environment to return to their villages as the attack and killing of our people persist. Therefore, holding the election will amount to disfranchising our people and of course, a violation of the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in 1999”