The Speaker Benue State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Engr Titus Uba has called on the people of Tsambe in Vandeikya Local Government and the people of Mbagwaza in Ushongo Local Government Area to sheath their swords and embrace peace for the common good of their communities.
The Honourable Speaker who was accompanied by the Honourable member representing Ushongo State Constituency in Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Abbas Akoso made the call when he separately visited the two communities at Gbem and Hegha respectively to assess the damage caused by the communal clashes between them which he said was unfortunate especially as the planting season is fast approaching.
He regretted the destruction of lives and properties worth millions of Naira by the two communities and said none of them will benefit at the end of the crisis.
The Speaker pointed out that no party in a crisis situation world over could safely claim victory without incurring losses.
Rt Hon Uba said as the speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, both Ushongo and Vandeikya Local Governments are his larger constituency and will never be comfortable seeing his people fight one another.
The Lawmaker at the two locations knelt down and begged the two communities to give peace a chance arguing that, with their continued fighting, danger lurks ahead through hunger and lack of infrastructure which they are now destroying.
Responding, the District Head of Tsambe, Chief Peter Nongoatse and that of Mbagwaza Chief Kpenkpen variously promised to work round the clock to call their subjects to order so as to end hostilities.
They said the two communities have a long history of cordial relationship as evident in inter- marriages hence, they all need each other.