By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
In an effort to tackle transborder security challenges between parts of Taraba State in Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon, the Lamdo Gashaka Dr. Zubairu Hamman Gabdo has engaged his counterpart from the Republic of Cameroon the Lamdo Banyo Senator Muhamman Gabdo Yahya on how to collaborate best at their levels as traditional rulers.
Taraba State is home to several refugees from Cameroon and there have been increasing cases of cross border attacks that have claimed several lives and leaved several villages in ruins.
Dr Hamman Gabdo noted that the two Chiefdoms have so much in common that even though they are in different countries, it is important to ensure that they stay as friends rather than hostiles.
“I am pleased to inform you that I just returned from a very fruitful visit to my friend and brother the Lamdo Banyo Senator Muhamman Gabdo Yahya where we spent good time deliberating on how to collaborate to ensure security of our communities and check incidents of transborder attacks and crimes.
“Over three days, we engaged in series of activities aimed at strengthening the relationship between our two monarchies. The highlight of this historic visit was a joint prayer session held at the Banyo Central mosque, where we prayed for lasting peace and prosperity for our Nations.
“The joint prayer session served as a poignant reminder of the shared values and aspirations of the people living in these border regions. It created an atmosphere of unity and solidarity, transcending geographical boundaries and emphasizing the importance of collaboration during these challenging times. This gesture further reinforced the message of togetherness and highlighted the significance of mutual respect and support in building strong relationships.
“This visit has rekindled the years-long history of collaboration and togetherness, especially at this time when both countries are facing security challenges. It is crucial for us to stand united and work hand in hand to overcome these obstacles and create a peaceful and prosperous future for our people” the Monarch said.
The First Class monarch also used the visit to deliver the message of peace from Taraba State Governor Dr Agbu Kefas where he assured the Cameronian authority of the Taraba State Government agenda for peace and security collaboration with all neighbors.
Gashaka, one of the oldest Chiefdoms in Taraba State shares boundaries of about 180 Kilometres with the Republic of Cameron and has a long history of fraternity within the border communities.
The visit is expected to inspire others to bridge divides and seek peaceful resolutions in the pursuit of progress and prosperity.