The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) on Tuesday rejected calls for a declaration of a state of emergency in Taraba over the recent ethnic clashes in parts of the state.
Mr Kallamu Alhamdu, state Chairman of the association, expressed the views of his members at a press conference in Jalingo.
Alhamdu commended the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Josia Kente, for adopting steps to end the crises.
“We are disappointed by the demand of some people to call for a declaration of a state of emergency in Taraba.
“Such people did not mean well for the state and we shall continue to rise against their divisive tendencies”, he said.
Alhamdu said there was hardly any family in Taraba that one would not find Muslims and Christians living together in harmony before the unfortunate crises.
He appealed to the people of the state to shun violence and embrace peace for rapid development.
The press conference was attended by the 16 council chairmen in the state. (NAN)