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For the attention of Senator B.K. Amos

Expectedly, under each of these villages are hamlets and Gilengitu, which the Distinguished Senator referred to as Gelengu (another town some 45kms away), is a…

Distinguished Senator, while reporting on the crises that erupted on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th and Sunday 18th April, 2021 between the Waja and the Lunguda in Waja Chiefdom, Billiri/Balanga Federal constituency, on the floor of the Senate under Matters of Urgent Concern, there was a mix-up in the names of the affected areas, especially in Nyuwar which was the worst hit area.

This we know was not deliberate as the Distinguished Senator may not be familiar with the units/hamlets in Nyuwar. Nyuwar District has three villages, namely, Warminyi, Chunyi and Gulyimora, each with a Lunguda as village head.

Expectedly, under each of these villages are hamlets and Gilengitu, which the Distinguished Senator referred to as Gelengu (another town some 45kms away), is a hamlet under Chunyi village.

Distinguished Senator, presently only Gilengitu, Bwalu, Singaunyi and Bwaza, which are the areas where the Waja, have migrated and settled in Nyuwar, are still standing.  All the Lunguda hamlets have been completely burnt down and the people rendered homeless and hungry.

We suspect that someone might have deliberately misled the distinguished senator by feeding him with the wrong information to attract sympathy for federal assistance to the invaders, the Waja people, who are the least affected by the crisis. Sir, Gilengitu is not a village but a unit.

Distinguished Senator, what happened in the Nyuwar and Jessu districts was not a communal crisis as the world was told, but a carefully orchestrated genocide designed to eliminate the entire Lunguda people in Waja Chiefdom from their ancestral lands and resettle the migratory Waja people, who were displaced by the Lunguda in Adamawa State some years back.

You may wish to please know that all the Lunguda people of Guyuk and parts of Lamorde and Shelleng local government areas of Adamawa State, migrated from Wanda, near Nyuwar in Balanga LGA of Gombe State around 1620 AD with Nyuwar, Jessu and Wala Lunguda being the only three Lunguda districts under the Waja Chiefdom of Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State.  You may not wish to forget easily how the same Waja people burnt Bambam, in the year 2000 and have also fought the Tula and the Mwona peoples always using very flimsy excuses and always getting away with it.

Sir, the Waja people have never hidden their envy, disdain and intentions to destroy Nyuwar and relegate it to history. They indeed circulated a document, which is in the public domain, to that effect. The hunting expedition by the people of Jessu district on Jessu land was just used as a lame excuse by the Waja to start the war. The Waja from all over Balanga LGA attacked Heme in Jessu and then descended heavily on Nyuwar at around 11.00 p.m shooting, maiming and killing innocent people. They had a field day up to 3 p.m of the next day.

We wish to thank Governor Inuwa Yahaya so much for his quick intervention. His arrival in Nyuwar on that fateful Wednesday, 14th April, 2021 led to the dispersal of the invading armies of the Waja. This combined Waja militia has been terrorizing neighbouring communities for years.

The people of Nyuwar equally thank you so much,  and  Honourable Victor Mela, the member representing Billiri/Balanga Federal Constituency for your quick intervention. Thank you for raising the matter on the floor of the Senate and we equally thank the Senate President for acceding to your request for assistance to the devastated Nyuwar and Jessu communities. Best wishes and kind regards.

 

Bitrus Galmaka Dean’s Office, Faculty of Environmental Design,  Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria