At the meeting held between the Atyap and Fulani youth on Saturday 16th Janaury, 2021 at Mariyamu and Yakubu event centre in Mawakili of Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State. The discussions and resolutions were reached on the peaceful coexistence between the Atyap and Fulani youth.
You will recall that some Fulani fled Atyap Chiefdom following the incessant killings, maiming, burning of houses and the destruction of farmlands and livestock in some villages in Atyap Chiefdom between June and December, 2020.
Present at the meeting were illustrious sons of Atyap land; the former NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) Engr. Andrew Yakubu, National President Atyap Community Development Association, Comrade Dr. Silas Tsuu Adamu.
Also present at the meeting were the members of the Atyap Chiefdom’s Peace Advocates within and outside the State.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, Commander Sector 7 Operation Safe Haven, Col. David Nwakonobi, Kafanchan Police Area Commander, ACP Danladi Ibrahim and Ms Priscilla Ankut, Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission were all present as observers.
The meeting; “unequivocally condemned the killings maiming, burning of houses and destruction of farmlands and livestock that took place between June and December, 2020.”
Also at the meeting, the chairman and co-chairman were Mr. Suleiman Garba Gora (Makama Atyap) and Dr. Abdulmalik Mohammed Durunguwa respectively. The meeting; “was held as directed and approved by the Agwatyap.”
The Fulani who fled their houses are willing to come back with respect to the laid down rules guiding their returns.
The meeting; “noted that as a result of the crises, trust between Atyap and Fulani had deteriorated and there is need to build up trust to enable a peaceful return. To this end, the meeting advised that anybody who desires to return to contact the community leaders in the domain he desires to return to, who shall arrange for his return with his community.”
Possession of firearms by Fulani while tending their Cows was frowned at as well as farmers who hold firearms.
“The holding of firearms by some herders and farmers while tending their cows or farms, which are used at the slightest provocation, was identified as a major cause of fear, breach of peace and insecurity among residents in the Chiefdom hence the meeting resolved that no firearms should be held or used during rearing of cows or farming and called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute anybody holding or using firearms during rearing of cows or farming in the Chiefdom.”
The meeting also note that; “The destruction of crops by straying cows and the self-help employed to seek redress was identified as a major cause of crisis. Accordingly, the meeting resolved that rearing of cows should not be left in the custody of children alone but together with adults who can control the cows and those farmers should under no circumstance seek self-help in the event of the destruction of their farms by straying cows but should rather report such incidents to appropriate authorities.”
The youth were applauded for not mounting of road block in Atyap Chiefdom after the first Peace Summit was held on August, 2020 and the youth were urged to continue to be law abiding.
Some Fulani still remain peacefully in Atyap Chiefdom and the meeting urged the residents of the Chiefdom to continue to be their neighbor’s keepers irrespective of tribe or religion.
It was also noted with joy that some Fulani returned to harvest their crops and no harm befell them with the help of their Atyap neighbors.
The meeting called on all parties in Atyap Chiefdom not to take laws into their hands and in any situation rather; “submits all grievances or crimes to security agencies, mediation, arbitration or litigation in court.”
At the end, the meeting unanimously called on the governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai to assist in rebuilding of properties that were destroyed during the crises in the Chiefdom.
A vote of confidence was passed on Agwatyap for his able leadership during and after the unfortunate crises and wished him good health, long life and more wisdom as he continues to steer the affairs of the Chiefdom.