Following persistent herdsmen/farmers crisis and other ethno-religious conflicts in Taraba, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim Council have embarked on a peace tour to promote peaceful coexistence across communities in the State.
Addressing the people in one of the peace meetings for the Northern Zone in Zing on Sunday, State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Ben Ubeh and his Muslim counterpart, Alh. Inuwa Usman called on the people to shun acts capable of breaching peace in their communities.
They called on the people to expose those who hid under religious cover to perpetuate crime and destabilise the State.
“We are all people of the same family, so religion or ethnicity should not divide us. There is no need killing one another in the name of religion. We must employ diplomatic ways of resolving
issues rather than going violent.
“You have to watch out for some strange people who are coming into the State with the intention of destabilising the peace we are enjoying and creating unnecessary setback and hunger for us.
“All of us must rise up to the challenge by checkmating the
activities of the people around us and report suspicious movement to the security agencies for appropriate action,” the religious leaders admonished during the meeting.
In his remarks, the Kpanti Zing, Alh. Suleiman Bala thanked the religious leaders for the initiative which he said would help to put an end to incessant killings and destruction of property in the State.
He called on other traditional rulers and the people of the State to key into the initiative to promote and maintain peaceful coexistence.
It could be recalled that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku had recently during a security meeting with religious leaders in the State raised alarm over influx of criminal herdsmen into the State and charged them to help sensitise the people to report activities of criminals to security agencies.