In continuation of the peace building initiative to restore peace in the Bwari Area Council, the FCT Administration has held the third in the series of meetings with the two paramount rulers of the area as well as traders of the burnt Bwari market.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, during the meeting called on residents of the Bwari community in Bwari Area Council to shun acts that could disrupt the peace and normalcy that has returned to the area.
Bello who was represented at the meeting by the Mandate Secretary, Area Council Secretariat, Adamu Abubakar Bappah, said there is nothing anybody could cherish so much like peace, adding that residents must ensure that peace continues to reign in the interest of the Bwari community in particular and the Federal Capital Territory in general.
According to the FCT Minister “There is nothing like peace and there is nothing that anybody could cherish so much like peace. So, let’s ensure that this peace continues and let’s practicalize it to the letter.”
The Minister said it is not enough for people to make lofty speeches about peace, but urged them to put these words into practice in the interest of the area.
Speaking on the steps being taken by the FCT Administration to ameliorate the sufferings of those who lost their goods during the December crisis, the Minister said issues of whether the affected traders would be relocated to the market or given some discounts are being looked into, adding that whatever is agreed with the Council Chairman will be communicated to them.
He said other agencies may also come in as time goes on to make contributions to these categories of persons.
In his own remarks, the Chairman Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko, appreciated the Minister for convening the third meeting in series of meetings aimed at restoring peace in the area.
Dikko equally commended the efforts of Sarkin Bwari, Alhaji Awwal Musa Ija Koro as well as the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on community relations, Hon. Isa Dara Bwari, for the various roles they played in containing the crisis, saying their actions helped to abort an ugly humanitarian situation.
He pledged that government will continue to ensure that justice is done in every situation in the area to ensure that peace is maintained.
The Esu Bwari, Mr. Ibrahim Yaro, also speaking at the occasion, commended the security agencies for “playing their roles so wonderfully”. He appealed to the FCT Minister come to the aides of the affected traders to ameliorate their sufferings.