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• Traditional leader laments security operatives’ nonchalance
Frontline champion of good governance and House of Representative hopeful, Comrade Johnson Musa has called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to set up a special team to look into the unending communal clashes between indigenes of Dekina/Bassa in Bassa local government area of Kogi State.
This is even as he called on the warring communities to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.
Comrade Musa made this call when he accompanied a delegation led by Hon. Ogwu Al-Hassan, Former Kogi People’s Democratic Party, PDP Youth leader on a courtesy visit to the Palace of Etsu-Bassa Nge, Brig. Gen Abu Ali to empathize with him and other victims of the communities over the recent invasion of Fulani herdsmen.
According to Musa, it has become imperative for the IG to step in and set up a Special Committee to look into the seemingly unending crisis that has threatened the existence of these communities.
In his words, “I am calling on the Inspector General of Police to use his good office to set up a special committee to look into the root causes of these incessant clashes between these two communities and find a lasting solution and bring lasting peace to the warring communities” he said.
Speaking on the latest attack, Comrade Musa used the occasion of the visit to commiserate with the Monarch who lost his son, the Late Lt-Col. Mohammed Ali to the Boko Haram insurgency in 2016.
“Your Son’s demise is a loss to Nigeria as a whole and not to you or Bassa alone, I commiserate with you, but be consoled that he fought and died for a good cause”.
“Your Royal highness, I’m sad seeing first-hand the situation on my way here, my visit is also to commiserate with you on the recent happenings in your territory; where innocent indigenes are being attacked at will for no reason. It saddens my heart to see thousands of people on the road displaced and trekking to nowhere and some towards your palace. Their houses have been burnt down and some lives are already lost. They are coming to you for refuge”
Comrade Musa also used the opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the people of Dekina/Bassa.
“Your highness, my team and I have decided to help with these items and a token to support your people who will turn to your palace for shelter and provision.”
He decried the nonchalance of politicians who have turned a blind eye to the issue while promising not to relent until peace is restored to the community.
“It’s unfortunate that our agitations and cry for peace has been seen as politics. While I will continue to speak for the peace and development of my constituency and the state at large, I won’t be quiet for the fear of being labeled a rabble rouser. I will be back with more relief materials in view of the unpleasant development I saw on my way coming here” he concluded.
In his response, the Etsu-Bassa Nge said that the atmosphere in Bassa calls for sober reflection while lamenting the inactions of the security agents in the area who turns a blind eye to the suffering of the people.
“It is quite sad that the Security Agents saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding lives and properties do not respond swiftly whenever there is an emergency, gone are the days when security heads will go to places where there is crisis to quell it. Now, they just sit and do nothing” he lamented.
He was also full of praise for Comrade Musa and his entourage who still embarked on the trip despite the huge imminent security threat.
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