Following the public appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari to Governors of Benue and Taraba States as well as their traditional and political leaders for urgent de-escalation of the crisis between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, the two states have slated a meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu in a statement on Tuesday said the meeting between the representatives of the two states has been called to resolve the lingering Tiv/Jukun crisis which has of recent, claimed lives of innocent persons and property.
According to him, the two state governors, traditional, religious and political leaders, as well as other stakeholders are expected to attend the meeting.
He expressed that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) is attending the meeting as a stakeholder and guarantor to assure full federal government backing for the implementation of resolutions arising from the meeting.
“A few days ago, President Buhari conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between the Tiv and Jukun neighbors and maintaining peace in the two states which had witnessed series of violent clashes,” the statement added.