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Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku reaffirmed his commitment to remain steadfast in his desire to see Taraba transformed to a befitting status.
He stated this at the 2018 Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Taraba State Chapter’s New Year Thanksgiving Service held at the Association’s Secretariat in Jalingo.
According to the Governor, the task of transformation is Herculean if there is no enabling environment where peace is enshrined hence the call for Tarabans to always watch each other’s back as encouraged by the scriptures to be our brother’s keeper.
“The conflicts you are witnessing today is the handy works of the elite. The privileged few. It’s not between the local herdsmen and farmers” he revealed.
Adding that the relative peace that has prevailed in the state in the out gone year should be sustained to enable his administration give Tarabans the dividend of democracy.
In the same vein, Governor Ishaku thanked Tarabans for their cooperation in ensuring that the relative peace is sustained.
“I thank every single Taraban for supporting this administration through and through. I will keep doing my best to bring to our people the dividend of democracy”.
In his sermon, The Anglican Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, spoke on the message  he titled “The Tragedy of Ingratitude”. According to the clergyman, a life of ingratitude is a major reason for stagnation thus urging Christians to be grateful in every circumstance. Reminding the faithful to imbibe a culture of gratitude capable of attracting God’s blessings.
Taraba state CAN Chairman, Rev. Ben Ube in his welcome address, called on the Christian community to stand firm inspite of the numerous challenges the state is facing and rally round the Governor with prayers to back him in the onerous task of developing the state.
“We pray that from now on anyone fighting Taraba is fighting God and anyone fighting our Governor is fighting God”. He added. 
The Thanksgiving service had in attendance his wife, Her Excellency, Barr. Mrs Anna Darius Ishaku, the Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Abel Peter Diah, Chief  Judge of the state, Justice Josephine Tuktur,  former Governor, Rev. Jolly Nyame, the SSG, Hon Anthony Jelleson, Chief of Staff, Hon. Rebo Usman, Commissioners, Advisers, SSA’s etc.
Highlights of the service included rendition of songs by both the CAN and the metropolitan mass choir. Prayers were offered for the President, Nigeria, Governor Ishaku and his cabinet and the state.