Faith group blames Wukari crises on leadership failure
By; Elekwachi Chinedum, Abuja.
The lingering crises in Wukari, Taraba state, has been attributed to the failure of the government, traditional institutions and the elders of the once peaceful town to demonstrate a more determined will to put an end to the crises.
The President, Wukari Federation Muslim Ummah, Saany Sule Sale, who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abuja on the unending crises in the community, called for the immediate establishment of permanent Army and Mobile Police bases in the town to check further attacks on Muslims and ensure rapid response.
He also demanded for a thorough investigation into the incessant attacks on Muslims as well as identifies the perpetrators and possible sponsors, just as he called for the immediate disarming of the militias who he said have constituted themselves into the law in the town, terrorizing, maiming and killing innocent people at will.
Sale who disclosed that the crises has claimed scores of lives and properties worth million of naira, placed the casualty figure of crises in the state to about 70 persons and not less than 4,000 commercial and residential buildings, adding that the crises has forced the indigenes to scatter across Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa and beyond.
“The impact of the crises on Wukari has been devastating, to say the least. About 75% of the town which at the creation of Taraba state in 1991 was the largest city in the new state lies now in ruin. Many sections of the town where modern buildings used to beautify the landscape have become desolate” he lamented.