Group urges Ishaku to cushion suffering of Tiv in Taraba
Mdzough U Tiv has appealed to Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku to look for ways of alleviating the suffering and injustice meted on the Tiv people in Taraba State.
The socio-cultural organisation in Benue State disclosed this in an open letter signed by its president-general, Edward Ujege, and secretary-general, Dr. Boniface Ukende, to the governor.
It stated that it noticed with extreme agony the plight of Tiv people of Taraba and reviewed the suffering and sometimes injustice meted on them, and decided to seek his intervention.
The group said it was making the appeal considering that the governor would study the letter dispassionately and, being a listening governor known to have the people at heart, oblige the request.
Tiv people, it added, who have been in Taraba from time immemorial, have been marginalised in almost every sphere.
“It is apparent that Tiv people in Taraba State are being discriminated against in areas of employment, appointments, appointment into chiefdoms, changing the names of Tiv settlement areas, towns and villages and perennial attacks resulting in the loss of lives and displacement of the people.
“Recently, during the recruitment of cadets into Police Academy, Wudil, many Tiv sons and daughters of Taraba origin were denied opportunities, simply because they came through Taraba.”