Mdzough U Tiv, MUT, pressure group and Tiv socio-cultural organization, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the recent Christmas Day message by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Diocese as a wake-up call to rejig the security architecture of the country.
Kukah had in his Christmas Day sermon lamented the worsening insecurity situation in the country, blaming the president for managing the situation poorly, adding that if a non-Muslim northern was in the saddle, it could probably have led to a military coup.
President General of MUT, CP Iorbee Ihagh, (rtd), who made the call at the weekend during a press briefing at his residence in Makurdi, also urged the President to allow for the constitution of the national conference where all ethnic groups will come together and frankly discuss the way forward for our great nation.
Ihagh said constituting a national conference would strengthen the unity, peace, and security of the country.
The socio-cultural group expressed its support for Bishop Kukah and submitted that the President has managed Nigeria’s diversity poorly.
“It is a well-known fact that what Bishop Kukah said on his Christmas message is a true reflection of happenings in the country.
“Mdzough U Tiv hereby stands by the position of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and submits that President Buhari has managed our diversity very poorly and caused more divisions in Nigeria.
“Instead of attacking the reverend father, the President should see the message as a wake-up call and do what is necessary by, as a first step, rejig the security architecture and allow for constitution of the national conference where all ethnic groups will come together and frankly discuss the way forward for our great nation.
“This, we believe will strengthen the unity, peace, and security of the country,” Ihagh said.
The body took a swipe on one Mike Msuaan, who claimed to be the leader of Tiv Youth Council, urging him to desist from using the identity of Tiv nation to achieve personal objectives.
“A few days ago, one Mike Msuaan masquerading as the leader of one ‘Tiv Youth Council’, a group not known to the Tiv nation had taken a swipe on Sokoto Catholic Bishop, Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah over his Christmas message which had received commendation by every segment of the country.
“To put the record straight, Mdzough U Tiv submits that Msuaan and his one-man group is not known in any part of Tiv nation.
“The only youth organization known to us as earlier mentioned is the ‘Tiv Youth Organization’ headed by Timothy Hembaor, we can attest to it that TYO is a registered organization and incorporated on June 11th, 1998.
“Mdzough U Tiv, therefore, advises the self-serving individual who is using group identity for whatever personal gains to desist henceforth from using the identity of the Tiv nation to achieve his objectives.
“Tiv people are known to be patriotic and hard-working people who always identify themselves with laudable activities instead of supporting actions and activities that tend to take humanity backward,” Ihagh added.