A cultural group in Nasarawa State, Tiv Development Association, has endorsed Governor Abdullahi Sule for a second term in office.
Speaking during the endorsement ceremony at the Government House, Lafia on Thursday, the President of TIDA, Peter Ahemba, said the endorsement was because of the governor’s efforts towards addressing issues of insecurity in the state.
He commended the governor for being able to tackle the recent farmers/herders crisis which led to the displacement of many Tiv farmers in the southern part of the state.
He said, “Your Excellency Sir, members of the Tiv Community under the umbrella of Tiv Development Association are here before you today to register our gratitude for the demonstrated commitment of your government in dealing decisively with security threats and ensuring that our people, who were displaced by herders’ attacks in the southern part of the state are returned to their places of abode to continue with their farming activities.
Indeed, your efforts have yielded the desired results as evident in the relative peace being enjoyed in our communities and the bumper harvest that has continued to be recorded by our farmers.
We wish to reaffirm our total loyalty and support to the industrialization agenda of your government which has brought about influx of investors into the State.
“The transformative programmes of your government in virtually all sectors of the economy and the huge investment in peace and security of the state have continued to endear you to the Tiv people who are the major beneficiaries. Sir, we want to use this opportunity to assure you of our support for your re-election bid in 2023 and beyond.”
On his part, Governor Abdullahi Sule while thanking TIDA for the endorsement, said in order to achieve peace across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state, he had been having series of meetings with security agencies to forestall any breech of law and order.
“We are providing security for Tiv communities in the state to protect you all from attacks that had disrupted your farming activities. The Tiv people of Nasarawa state had gone through very hard times in the past and I would not want to see that happen again.
“I am happy that most of the Tiv farmers who were displaced during the recent crisis have all gone back to their communities and they are all enjoying a peaceful atmosphere. I want to appeal to everyone of us to forgive ourselves where we have gone wrong and live together as one people,” the governor added.