ABUJA: THE Tiv Cultural and Social Association, a Taraba State pressure group, has appealed to the Federal and State government to facilitate the immediate return of displaced locals before the next month general election.
According to the President General of the association, James Nungwa, the victims are on the verge of being disenfranchise from voting in the forthcoming poll.
“Government must evolve ways of ensuring that displaced Tiv who are presently taking refuge in the neighbouring states of Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau come back to the state before the February 14th elections,” he said in Jalingo.
Nungwa said over 500 000 Tiv people from Taraba State had been displaced from their natural areas of domiciles. He felt sad that the authority concern had not deemed it fit to ensure the return of the displaced people.
He noted that the Fulani had occupies both the farm lands and the houses of the Tiv people. Menwhile, Nungwa urged the people to disregard the rumour making rounds the Tiv elders had endorsed the candidacy of the governorship candidate of the Social Democracy Party ( SDP) in the state.
“The exco of the association or the congress have at no time, in a meeting of the association taken a discussed session to endorse a particular candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.” He said the Tiv people were free minded people and could individually decide to throw their support to any candidate of their choice.
“Such support should not be construed to mean the collective decision of the Tiv people of Taraba State,” Nungwa said.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY