Fast-rising Taraba based artiste, Mr. Solomon Iornem, on Tuesday, lauded Governor Darius Ishaku for his commitment in ensuring that peace return to the state.
Iornem gave the commendation at a Sallah get-to-gether he organised in Dan-Anacha, Gassol local government area of the state as part of his efforts to promote peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The singer and movie director in a chat with journalists after the event said as part of his efforts to support the governor’s peace initiative he has composed several songs in Hausa and Tiv languages which he said have received the attention of the people.
According to him the lingering ethnic clashes in the state and the recent herdsmen and farmers crisis have brought underdevelopment to the state, hence the need to promote harmonious coexistence among the people as no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of war.
“I was moved by Governor Ishaku’s show of concern to rescue the state and launch it on to path of development. But development cannot happen when we are fighting one another.
“The Governor has tried and today relative peace has return to the state, but to sustain this, we must all contribute our quota and that’s why I have come up with peace songs in the local languages to appeal to our conscience to live in peace and nurture our state to greatness.
“We need to take this peace campaign to our people in the villages using the folk media which is their main source of getting information. We have the potential for greatness, but we only achieve that when there is peace,” he said.
The artiste who said he was impressed with the level of tolerance at the moment in the state noted that his peace songs contributed a lot to the relative peace in Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states where his peace and moral messages are making waves.
He however appealed to the people of the state irrespective of their political, religious and tribal sentiments to support the rescue mission of Governor Ishaku who he said is doing everything to change the Taraba story.