Bwari crisis: Minister, Traditional Council move to ensure lasting peace

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Mohammed Bello, says plans are under way to bring lasting peace and resolve the security challenge in Bwari Area Council, FCT.

The Minister, who was represented by Mr Musa Abdulraheem, Director Administration and Finance of the FCT Administration, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday, after a closed door meeting with stakeholders in Bwari, Abuja.

The meeting, tagged: “Continuation of Peace Building Mission” was organised by the Area Council Service Secretariat of the FCTA in collaboration with the FCT Council of Chiefs.

Abdulraheem said that the meeting was to resolve and bring a lasting solution to the area, adding that it was the duty of the traditional rulers to wade into the situation and ensure peace.

He said that a committee would soon be set up to holistically, look into the entire situation and come up with a lasting solution.

He explained that the committee would work out modalities that would be used to reach an agreement for peace between both royal fathers in the council.

He said that the administration was concerned about the restoration of peace in the area, added that the curfew imposed on the town would be reviewed soon.

The administration recently announced that traditional rulers in the area would have to sign agreement to ensure peace in the area.

Also speaking, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, Ona of Abaji and FCT Chairman, Council of Traditional Chiefs, said that the meeting had resolved that there would be no further breach of peace in the area.

According to him, all the traditional rulers have discussed and agreed to give peace a chance.

“Everyone is concerned, therefore, both royal fathers have agreed that there should be peace and would relate the message back to their followers.

“If we agree to work together as a team, at the end, we shall achieve the aim we pray for,” he said.

In his remarks, the chairman of the council, Mr Musa Dikko, described the move by the traditional rulers as a wonderful show of concern to the people of the area.

Dikko urged residents of the town to embrace the approach and support the stakeholders in the process of peace building.

He urged the youths, in particular, to know that they can never be leaders if the process is violence.

“It is time for everyone to respect the peace process and especially the minister who is more concerned about the people.”

Speaking on the curfew, the chairman said that he was confident that the FCT administration would soon, either relax or remove it in totality, following the outcome of the meeting.

NAN recalls that curfew was imposed in the town following a renewed breach of peace during the Eid-el-fitr celebration

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