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Billiri, Kaltungo leaders seek end to Tangale crisis

Politicians from Gombe South Senatorial District have called for a lasting solution to the perennial communal clash between the Tangale speaking communities of Gombe State. …

Politicians from Gombe South Senatorial District have called for a lasting solution to the perennial communal clash between the Tangale speaking communities of Gombe State. 

Rising from a meeting held at the Deputy Governor’s office in Gombe, the state Deputy Governor, Mr Charles Iliya, who read the communiqué, said the clash was uncivilized and should end. 

The meeting which was attended by political office holders and elected representatives from Billiri, Kaltungo and Shongom, the three affected LGAs from Gombe south, called on the people of Tangale and Kaltungo chiefdoms to embrace peace and dialogue as the only means of resolving the dispute. 

The deputy governor said the group had condemned in strongest terms the clash which led to the loss of a policeman, destruction of several houses and injuring of many people. 

“We urge our brothers and sisters to avoid hate speech and inciting comments on social media. They should rather campaign for unity and peace emphasizing on our shared historical, linguistic and cultural heritage,” part of the communiqué read.

Our correspondent reports that for over 20 years, at the commencement of every farming season, the clash over farm lands occur between the Tangale communities, people who speak the same language and live in three LGAs.

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