13th February, 2018
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Mohammed Bello, on Tuesday, called on residents of Bwari community to maintain peace and work towards peaceful co-existence among themselves.
The minister, who was represented by Mr Adamu Bappa, Mandate Secretary, Area Council Service of the FCT Administration, made the call at a peace building meeting held at the Etsu of Bwari’s palace in Abuja.
Bappah said that the FCT administration is committed towards ensuring normalcy returned to the area.
He said that the peace mission could only be achieved if the people also put the peace agenda into action.
“We have heard that peace has returned, although, it is not enough until we see it on ground and in action.
“We also want it maintained and sustained as the security agencies would not tolerate any further breakdown of law and order in Bwari or any part of the FCT.
“Therefore, I want all the village and district Heads, including all traditional title holders to ensure this peace that we talk about is back and being practiced, “he said.
Bappah assured the community that the FCT administration would do all in its powers to ensure normalcy returned, while admonishing the people to device better ways to resolve their differences amicably.
According to him, the FCT administration has all the necessary facts on ground on the differences, but would need time to give best advice on how to settle the differences.
He also promised that those, who needed to be compensated for their losses during the Dec. 25 crisis, would soon be assisted, so that they can continue with their businesses.
Bappah explained that if the peace attained so far in the area is maintained, the present curfew imposed in the area, would be completely lifted.
“Let us cooperate and support the security agencies so that they can give us encouraging reports on when to completely lift the curfew.
“It cannot happen unless we report suspicious persons that may be of security threat to security agencies,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr Musa Dikko, commended the security operatives for their efforts in the peace building process.
According to him, the entire security team deserves our commendation because of their dedication.
He, however, frown at the high cost of maintaining the security personnel, stating that the funds used for security since the crisis began, could have been used for development projects in the area.
“What I have spent would have cost me not less than 10 boreholes across the council including access roads within Bwari Central.
“We have been having security meetings just to restore peace to this town and have been spending so much on that,” he said.
Dikko reiterated that the council would not spare anyone found wanting and disrupting the peaceful co-existence of the people in the area.
He admonished the people to remain calm as they await the response of the FCT minister to respond to their grievances.
He assured the minister that peace would be fully restored in the area in the shortest possible time.
Also speaking, the Etsu of Bwari, Ibrahim Yaro, said that apart from the Dec. 25 crisis, Bwari remained the most peaceful area council within the FCT.
Yaro, while pleading with the FCT minister to follow due process and attend to the needs of the people in the community, promised to sustain the peace of the community.
Tthe meeting had representatives of security agencies, Bwari Area Council members, traditional council members, women and youths of the council in attendance.