In the face of this state of affairs, the Priests call for concerted efforts to address the unfortunate situation.
“Fellow Tarabians, if we do not do something about these crises, politically, in the not too distant future, we shall pay the price of fighting each other,” the Priests caution and call on the people of God in Taraba State to work together in addressing the challenge.
“We challenge the entire citizens of Taraba State to show more concern and cultivate a more positive and objective attitude towards one another in these times of crises,” the members of NCDPA appeal and add, “A situation where the Southern and Central parts of the state are burning and the rest of us are eating and drinking and going about our normal business as if we are not involved, does not speak good of us as a family of human beings.”
To the State and the Federal governments, the Priests appeal that both levels of administration “invest more time and resources in the security of the State.”
Addressing the governor of Taraba State, they say, “As the chief security officer of the State, we appeal to his good conscience and his paternal responsibility to constantly visit and ensure that adequate security personnel are deployed in the affected areas.”
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The Clerics urge security agents to “demonstrate a genuine sincerity of heart and purpose, accompanied by a patriotic spirit of commitment, which upholds the common good of everyone above sectional, tribal and religious interest.”
“Consequently, we call for a consolidated approach where the different security bodies namely, police, DSS, Civil Defense, Army are to be all involved in this “war”,” they add.
“Leaders should be non-partisan bearing in mind that they are elected for the good of everyone,” the Clerics of Jalingo diocese tell leaders in the State and continue, “Those who have been bestowed constitutional powers must do more to enthrone peace. Personal, political, religious and ethnic interest must be jettisoned for common good.”
They appeal to everyone to return to God in prayer. “This prayer must accompany all our other efforts, by the government, security agencies, the traditional and community leaders, religious leaders and all and sundry,” they conclude.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.