Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku has urged traditional rulers in the state to go back to the old system of taking statistics of people in their areas with a view to ensuring adequate security.
Governor Ishaku stated this when monarchs in the state paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Jalingo, the state capital, recently.
The governor who expressed dismay over security situation in the state, urged the traditional rulers to ensure peaceful coexistence of people in their domain irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.
He pointed out that one of the major priorities of his government was to ensure the return of internally displaced persons, IDPs, to their homes to continue with their normal lives.
According to him, “No chiefdom or emirate can exist with just one tribe or religion. Chiefdoms grow and prosper when the ruler accommodates all, irrespective of tribe and religion provided the people are law abiding”.
The governor further stated, “I will be compelled to hold you responsible if there is breakdown of law and order and will take action if there is evidence that the security of a place is compromised.”
He urged the traditional rulers to stop being partisan but concentrate on their cherished roles of maintaining peace, cultural and traditional values.
As part of efforts to ensure adequate security, Governor Ishaku said that he had directed Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and the Muslim Council in the state to begin issuance of license to their preachers to ensure that only people with credibility were allowed to preach.
He also informed that the state government would constitute a civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, to assist in boosting security across the 16 LGAs of the state.
Speaking earlier, Chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs and the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Massa Ibi had assured the Governor of their readiness to support his administration, but appealed to the governor to boost the state media outfits for proper dissemination of information on government policies and programme.

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