It’s Mischievous To Refer To Tiv As Settlers In Taraba- Hon. Uchiv

By Ikenga Chronicles September 27, 2019

It’s Mischievous To Refer To Tiv As Settlers In Taraba- Hon. Uchiv

–Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo 

A frontline politician and an opinion leader, Hon. David Orbee Uchiv  on Friday said it was mischievous to refer to Tiv as settlers in Taraba State. 

In an interview with our correspondent, Uchiv said the Tiv in Taraba are indigenes of Taraba and not settlers. 

The frontline politician said it was only some Jukuns who want to be mischievous that are promoting the unfounded narrative that Tiv are settlers in Taraba.  

“Ishaku’s speech at the Abuja meeting was diagrammatically opposed to the existing previous records which date back to history. 

“For instance, the Jukun claimed that they founded Wukari in 1596, but by 1670 there were fighting a war in Kano and Kanen Borno. Does it means they were attacking Kano and Kanen Borno from Wukari? This is a fallacy. 

” Tiv have been in what  is today Taraba state long before the Chamba people met them in 1830 in today Donga Local Government Area of Taraba.

“Politically, our participation in the former Wukari federation dates back to 1959 when Hon. Charles Tangur Gaza was elected to the House of Representative to represent Wukari Federation under UMBC.  

“In 1979, Hon. David Mtuem and Hon. Simon Awua represented Matar Fada and Rafin Kada under NPN respectively. While David Hiltler Gbaaondo was elected to represent Takum, Donga Federal constituency, and Hon. Tsetim Gwakyaa of NPN replaced Hiltler GbaAondo before the military took over power,” he said.

Uchiv said contrary to reports, the on-going crisis between the Tiv and Jukun, has nothing to do with kidnapping, boundary issue or banditry as being alleged. 

He maintained that the age long crisis has continue to reoccur intermittently since 1959 and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into the crisis with a view to finding lasting solution to the crisis.

“The crisis is not doing anybody any good. So, we must find common ground for peace. For now, we confidently hope that, Mr. President, will give a listening ear to the plight of our people who are becoming stateless. 

“The solution to this crisis lies within, but it appears Governor Ishaku is not capable of solving the problem and this is the more reason why the federal government must intervene,”he said.

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