Military Intervention In Nasarawa Crisis Yielding Results – Maku

army-troopThe Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, says the military intervention in parts of Nasarawa State is successful and yielding positive results.

Maku, who is supervising the Ministry of Defence, said this on Monday when he received members of the Conference of Local Governments PDP Secretaries from the state, who visited him in his office in Abuja.

He said normalcy was gradually returning to the affected areas.

The minister, who expressed optimism that the violence would soon be permanently tackled, said government would continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments where necessary.

He said the Federal Government would work with the relevant authorities at all levels to ensure that those displaced by the crisis return to their homes in the shortest possible time.

“We do not want to bring politics into what is happening in Nasarawa State; I have always advised politicians to be forthright in all that they do.

“We are happy so far with the results we have got in the last few days of our intervention and we are monitoring the development very closely.

“By the special grace of God sustainable peace will definitely return to Nasarawa State.”

He stressed the need for proper networking to ensure that proponents of violence were exposed and defeated in the interest of peace and harmony in the state.

The minister, who said that no ethnic group could develop the state in isolation of the others, called on political and traditional leaders in the state to be united in the interest of genuine development.

He said that leaders at all levels must shun violence and all forms of destructive tendencies by their supporters.

“There is no leader of substance that will support the destruction of lives and property anywhere.

“No ethnic group in Nasarawa State is an island; we must all work together for the progress of our state.

“We are calling on all communities to work on their members to ensure that the present spate of violence is tackled and peace entrenched because government will not tolerate destruction of lives and property.”

Maku urged indigenes of the state to support the transformation agenda of the Federal Government so as to alleviate the sufferings of the people of the state.

Earlier, the Chairman of the conference, Mr Sani Mohammed, had said that the group was in the minister’s office to commiserate with him over the loss of lives following renewed clashes in the state.

While declaring the group’s total support for the steps taken by the Federal Government to address the crisis, Mohammed condemned the recent call by the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the removal of Maku as the supervising Minister of Defence. (NAN)