By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Chief Augustine Njenmang, Paramount Ruler of Kona people of Taraba State has appealed to the government to rehabilitate victims of recent herdsmen attacks on Kona communities in Jalingo and Ardo Kola local councils in Taraba.
Njenmang made the appeal while interacting with newsmen in Jalingo on the farmer/herders crisis in Kona, a suburb of Jalingo local government area of the state.
The monarch decried the devastation occasioned by the crisis, adding that the displaced people were still living in deplorable conditions on camps and could not even go back to their farms as a result of the siege by the armed herdsmen in their lands.
He noted that the early return and rehabilitation of the victims to their places of origin is expedient to avoid impending food crisis in the area and the state generally.
According to him, “our people are itching to go back to continue with their economic activities but the attackers are still killing people. We have lost 64 people to the crisis already. It is regrettable that they continue to stay in camps because this would cause food shortage in the state.
He called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to expedite action to provide relief materials to the people and called on the federal government to provide “unbiased security to enable the people return home to continue with their lives”.
While commending church based organizations for supporting IDPs with food and other relief materials, the traditional ruler appealed to other well meaning Nigerians to also assist the IDPs.
Our correspondent who visited the IDP camp in Kona Garo reports that the camp accommodated many peasant youths who are mainly farmers.
It be recall that Kona communities within Jalingo and Ardo Kola local governments recently came under heavy attacks from armed herdsmen and have continued to experience some level of attacks for over two months.