The Christian Association of Nigeria Taraba State chapter has condemned in strong terms the Indifference of the Federal Government to the unabated killings in some Christian communities by Fulani herdsmen.
The association voiced out its displeasure over the unwarranted killings of mostly Christians during a press conference at the CAN secretariat in Jalingo.
In a statement read by the acting chairman of the association Senior Apostle John Aina, the association frowned at the inactivity of security personnels while over sixty-seven persons were killed across forty-nine towns and villages in Lau Local Government Area of the State.
Apposite Aina further stated that the quick response given to the victims of the the communal clash in Sarduana Local Government Area of the State in 2017 must be extended to the people of Lau and Ardo-Kola who are also Nigerians without prejudice.
“We are saddened by this unfortunate recurring crisis in the State and we call on the Federal Government to extend the Army operation Whirl Stroke currently going on in Benue to some flash points in Taraba to help restore peace in affected communities. This will allay the fears of the people”.
“Furthermore, we are equally saddened that security has been deployed to Abare and Baba-Gasa villages, while the other villages in Lau LGA are left without security. The inhabitants of other villages in Lau must be given security protection as well by the Federal Government”.
He called on the Federal Government to also tackle the issue of soldiers posted to troubled areas watching with folded arms without doing anything under the pretext of waiting for orders from above leaving people to be killed and properties destroyed.
Apostle Aaina revealed that there are over fifteen thousand displaced persons in various camps within the state capital who are victims of the ongoing horrible crime against humanity.
He added that if the continuous killings is left unchecked, it may affect the upcoming 2019 general elections not just in Taraba but across the country.
The association while extending their thoughts and prayers to families of the bereaved equally called on the international community, civil society groups and well meaning Nigerians to stand up and be counted among those in defense of sacred human lives which can only be given and taken by God.