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Faceless group behind Mambila ‘genocide’ video wants to smear me  – Taraba Speaker
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From Sani Zaria, in

The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Mr. Peter Abel has described a series of short videos that have gone viral on social media titled “Mambila genocide documentary” as not only absurd but a mischievous ploy by a faceless group of people to undermine his decent political track records and personal integrity.

The lawmaker described the producers of the video clip as the enemies of Taraba State, “who obviously delight in crisis and the attendant suffering of the people of Sardauna Local Government area of the state, as they continue to fan the embers of ethnic suspicion and thereby creating disunity and confusion “.

The Speaker, who made the revelation in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Baba Jen and made available to newsmen in Jalingo, said it was unfortunate that the producers of the Video in question mischieviously deployed a brief part of the Speaker’s comments during the plenary sitting of the house on the 10th of May 2017, as a trick to hoodwink him and mislead the public.

It also explained that the remark, which was smuggled into the ‘genocide’ video, arose when Rt. Hon. Peter Diah, was concurring to a submission of the member representing Nguroje Constituency, Barrister Bashir Mohammed who called the attention of the House to the security tension that was building up on the Mambila Plateau. Barrister Bashir himself, while making a contribution to a motion by Hon. Habila Anderefun of Ussa on the need for a Committee to visit Takum and Ussa in the wake of the crisis told the house that the Committee’s mandate should cover his Constituency, which was incubating for crisis.

The statement further disclosed that it was while  Mr. Abel Peter accepting Bashir’s prayer he added that there was need for the house to allow the committee to visit the troubled areas   to enable them deal with the matters at once, otherwise people would continue living in tension as opined by his colleague.

The statement however, reiterated that consequently, the Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Hon. Charles Maijankai to visit Ussa and Takum as well Sardauna Local Government areas in the state.

It therefore challenged the producers of the documentary series to make available the complete video of the said sitting, which contained the entire contributions of members and the full remark of the Speaker, to enable the discerning public understand the truth of what exactly transpired.

It added that using a part of the video to depict the negative, “is not only misleading but an act of cowardice on part of the documentary producers who were clearly bent on tarnishing the good image of the Speaker and thwarting the commendable peace efforts of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for the people of Sardauna Local Government  and Taraba State at large.”

The statement assured the public that the Speaker remains undeterred by the smear on his valuable political achievements, and promised to continue pursuing every cause for the unity, peace and development of his community and the state at large.

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