Benue Jukun want all chieftaincy tussles revolved by October
A group photograph of the Jukun Wanu chiefs, elders and officials of National Association of Jukun Wanu, (NAJUWA)
By Joseph Adahnu, Yola
The National Council of Chiefs, Jukun Wanu Benue State (NCCJWBS) has mandated all the chieftaincy tussles be resolved before the next meeting in October.
The National Association of Jukun Wanu (NAJUWA) made this known in a statement at the end of a meeting with traditional rulers in Abinsi in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The statement was made available by NAJUWA Secretary Nuhu Adagba to Apex News Exclusive.
They identified the dispute areas as Eku and other ruling houses from Agyogo, between chiefs Umar Asoguni and Dangana Audu from North Bank, Makurdi and the Onu of Anuhwa and his subjects.
He said the traditional council had proposed in their previous meeting of the dire need to form Jukun Wanu Traditional Council, a forum where all traditional rulers can meet periodically to chart a way forward of the Jukun nation.
The Secretary noted that the proposed idea was overwhelmingly received and the chiefs promised to present its executives in the next meeting.
According to the meeting, the Ayogo issue, which resulted to litigation between the Eku ruling house and other ruling houses, the forum mandated the traditional council to intervene and reconcile the parties amicably.
For the North Bank chieftaincy tussle, the Council expressed displeasure over the matter and promised to mediate between Chief Umar Asoguni (Wurukum) and Chief Dangana Audu (Big Daddy).
According to the statement, for Anuhwa, the Council was saddled with the responsibility to wade into the issue and the Onah and reconcile them.
The Council commended NAJUWA executives for their efforts and commitments to have hosted the meeting, bringing people from far and near.
The Council made an appeal for financial support from communities, spirited individuals and associations to encourage the association.
In a closing remark, His Royal Highness Chief Christopher Apaki, the Aku Bise on behalf of the traditional council of express expressed his heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty and all the participants for honouring the invitation and urged them to be patient with each other, pursue peace and be united.