We’ll get to the root of Bwari crisis – FCTA

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stated that it would get to the root of the Bwari crisis in its bid to ensure the prevailing peace in that town was permanent.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, gave the assurance last week during a second peace meeting with the stakeholders in Esu Bwari palace.
He said: “We have not slept since 25th December because we want peace to reign in this peaceful town. Peace has returned, but that is not enough, we want action.
“We want the peace we have preached so much, which has costed us so much already, to be maintained and sustained. We want to see action. We may have preached peace, and talked peace enough, we want you to act peace, sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari.
“We should not tolerate any breakdown of peace in Bwari or anywhere else in the FCT and Nigeria. We want this peace forever.”
The minister, represented by the Secretary for Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Bappah, charged the groups to submit all relevant information to him that would enable him to make informed decision.
“Let me have all the facts. Let me have all the problems so that I can advise my principal (FCT Minister) on the best decision to make.”
He affirmed that those who their property burnt would be compensated; the Minister also charged them to “report any suspicious persons, elements to the nearest Police station.”
Speaking earlier, the chairman, Bwari area council, Musa Dikko, lamented the violent occurrence, saying: “I came to Bwari with a vision for positive change, but I have been shortchange.
“What I have expended so far could have given us at least not less than 10 boreholes, but this crisis has prevented that.”
Dikko said it could not have been hunger because apart from Bwari being the food basket of the FCT, his government just carried out 100 per cent increment of salaries of chiefs in the area.
“We shall not spare anybody. People of Bwari, wait for the Hon. Minister to attend to all the reports submitted to him.”
He also urged the residents to support the FCT Administration, adding that the Minister had been magnanimous to Bwari, even as he revealed that important projects that had been recently awarded in favour of the Council, “including Kuchiko-Niger, Akufo-Jaji and Mpape-Shere roads.”
Also speaking, the Esu Bwari, Ibrahim Yaro, called on all his subjects and Bwari residents to sustain the prevailing peace, noting that Bwari was still the most peaceful in the FCT and prayed that the event of December 25th “should not happen again.”
Representative of the security agencies, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alfa Jibrin, who sounded tough, warned that that “there must be peace in Bwari and FCT; I told them the same thing at the Sarkin Bwari Palace last week.”

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