Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has mandated the Taraba State chapters of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN and the Muslim Council to ensure that peace returns to Gembu in Sardauna Local Government Area.
Governor Darius Ishaku gave the mandate yesterday in his office while meeting with them on ways to find lasting peace to the Mambila crisis, directing that the two religious bodies should urgently mobilise themselves to Gembu to preach and talk peace to the people.
Darius Ishaku maintained that the meeting became very imperative because, they are the most potent bodies that would be able to sincerely assist the State Government in ending the Mambila misunderstanding, particularly, between the Mambilas and the Fulanis.
He stated that, though the tension has subsided, there is need to urgently usher in peace, sanity and tranquility among the various tribes on the Mambila Plateau, explaining that most of the tribes are either Christians or Muslims and that their intervention will go a long in assisting the State Government.
The Governor told the two religious bodies that he was in Germany trying to market the potentials of the State in an International Conference, only to be informed that Mambila was on fire and many lives and property have been lost and destroyed.
Governor Darius Ishaku beckoned on the two religious bodies to as a matter of urgency, begin the process of preaching peace and to talk to them on the importance of mutual coexistence and the need to tolerate each other and dialogue whenever there is misunderstanding amongst them.
Darius Ishaku pointed out that we are living in an era where things are very difficult, saying that instead of them to channel their God given energies to doing things that would benefit them, the society and indeed the State, they are rather using it to maim and unleash harm on one another.
He lamented that not too long ago, there was crisis between Shomo and Jole over a fishing pond and now Mambila and Fulani over a fictitious alarm on kidnapping, stressing that the lack of unity and distrust among the various tribes in the State must be brought to an end as soon as possible.
The Governor remarked that people of the State are fond of politicising security issues, warning that the act must stop forthwith, pleading with the religious bodies to take the matter seriously by preaching and talking peace to their people.
Governor Darius Ishaku averred that people should be made to accept their fault whenever they go wrong, stressing that their focus should be on encouraging love among neighbours and giving peace a chance to reign on the Mambila Plateau, calling on the people to join hands to explore the potentials that abound in the area.
In their the separate speeches, the Chairman Muslim Council, Mallam Usman Jauro Mafindi and the Representative of the Chairman of CAN, Rev. John Maina both agreed to work with the State Government to ensure that lasting peace returns to Sardauna Local Government Area.
They appreciated the State Government for finding them worthy to send them on the mission and stated that they will do their best to justify the confidence reposed in them.
They both lamented that, people that have lived together for ages will just one day take up arms against each other and said all avenues must be exploited to end the crises in every part of the State.
Usman Jauro Mafindi and John Maina appreciated the State Governor for always supporting the two religious bodies and assured him of their loyalty and support at all times, assuring that they are ready to serve the State whenever their services are needed.
The two religious bodies used the opportunity to commiserate with the State Governor and the people of the State, particularly the immediate families of former Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai and SSA Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Giwa who died recently.