February 28, 2021

Plateau community helps attacked neighbors in place of planned cultural festival

A Central Nigerian community has switched its annual cultural festival day for relief support to its members affected by herdsmen attacks.

Butura, a community in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State traditionally holds cultural festivals on February 22.

It started mobilizing resources for the 2020 edition of the event since mid 2019.

However, after 27 people were killed on 26th and 27th January 2019 in Kwatas and Kombun, both communities neighbouring Butura to the west, officials called off the event.

Resource mobilization instantly switched to relief with members contributing in cash and kind.

In its appeal letter to the public, the community chose 22nd February, the traditional festival day to visit the affected communities with humanitarian aid.

A week of prayer and fasting was equally declared from Monday February 17, to climax with a special Church service on Sunday February 22, 2019 in Butura Wur, the ancestral homestead of the Butura people.

Those wishing to support can do so through the First Bank Account of Butura Community Development Association – 3005612263.