If democracy is all about good governance for the people and of the people, I doubt much if we are really practicing democracy in Taraba state. Our own is democracy of oppression, political monopoly and underdevelopment.
It is disheartening that all leaders that have ruled Taraba state, military and civilians from inception 22 years ago, lack vision in transforming this viable this state with its vast human and natural endowments, in terms of education, health, housing, road, network, water and electricity supply, to mention a few.
They have also failed to unite the diverse indigenous groups to embrace living in peace and harmony amongst them and their neighbours. They only perpetrate “religious and tribal politics”, marginalization of the civil servants, unabated communal clashes, and other devastating squabbles, a situation which always negates the development of the entire state.
The crisis started with the Tiv/Jukums, or Fulani/Bashamas, or one among ethnic group against the other. The cause was lack of proper public enlightenment on the danger of communal clashes and poor implementation of government policies on conflict resolution among the warring parties.
Jalingo, Taraba state