His Excellency, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku together with his wife and the Leadership of the CAN Women delegation during their visit.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku today received in audience a delegation of the National Women wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, at theTaraba House, Asokoro Abuja.
Gov. Ishaku used the visit of the women Christian leaders to call on Christians all over the county to stand firm in solidarity with Christians who are being killed all over the country.
He decried the current spate of killings by Boko Haram, kidnapping and other forms of insurgency in the country, noting that these crimes were capable of hindering socio-economic development of the country.
The governor emphasised the place of peace as a critical ingredient of development and explained that it was for this reason that the Open Grazing Restriction law was passed by the Taraba State government under his watch.He said the law was meant to ensure peaceful relationship between farmers and herders.
He told the visiting women Christian leaders about the country’s need for prayers and urged them not to relent in praying for peace in whole country.
The Leader of the Delegation, Deaconess Victoria Bola Ihesiulor hanging a set of the Association’s Wrapper on the Shoulder of Governor Ishaku.
He said the problem with Christian groups in the country is that they were not united in a manner that they could speak and act decisively on issues and urged them to close ranks because the happenings around the country called for unity among them.
Leader of the delegation, Deaconess Victoria Bola Ihesiulor thanked Gov Ishaku for the development strides recorded by his administration in Taraba State and assured that her group would continue to pray for him and his wife, Barr Anna Ishaku, for the good works they are doing for the people of Taraba State.
Also present at the brief reception ceremony for the women was the Wife of the Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku.
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Taraba State chapter, Rev. Dr. Innocent Solomon has reiterated the commitment of the association to supporting Governor Ishaku’s determination to develop the State.
CAN Executives in a group picture with His Excellency, Arc.Darius Dickson Ishaku at Government House, Jalingo
He made the declaration when the Christian body paid a courtesy call on the Governor in Government House Jalingo.
According to the cleric, the association was in the Government House to present itself having been recently elected as the substantive Chairman after the demise of his predecessor late Rev Ben Ube.
“I am here with my executives to thank you for the support you have given to our association and for the befitting state burial you gave our former chairman. We were not ashamed because we have a father and a leader.
“I have noted the massive development at the secretariat and all the inputs you’ve made there. Also, your intervention in resolving the lingering issues in the United Methodists Church is worthy of emulation.
“The green house also is a revolution and it is our hope that the University and other institutions will take advantage of the organic farm for research purposes.
“Also, the peace we enjoy in our State is attributed to your resilience in ensuring citizens live peacefully with one another. That will for sure attract more development”.
Rev. Solomon disclosed that the association was backing the Governor being the sole candidate of the PDP in the State and assured him of their prayers.
“We congratulate you for emerging as the only candidate of the PDP and assure you of our support and prayers. We will work with you and we trust that at the end of your tenure as Governor, CAN will be proud to say we stood by you all the way”. He noted.
Responding, Governor Ishaku thanked the association for honouring their former chairman by observing a three month mourning period before electing a substantive chairman to head the body.
He expressed joy with the way the association went about the election which brought the incumbent chairman into office and assured them of Government continuous support to make sure peaceful coexistence among the Christian faithful.
“Let me thank you for this visit and assure you that I will be with you and make sure that you have all the necessary support from government. The developmental goals we have set for the State is on course and we will do our best to make sure that we meet the yearnings and aspirations of Tarabans.
“ l am duty bound to make sure we live in peace and I therefore request your prayers. We need it to galvanize and strengthen us”.
Governor Ishaku admonished the association to embrace peace and show respect for one another. He also stressed the need for Christians to engage in agricultural activities as a sustainable means of livelihood.
“I urge you to encourage your church leaders who do not have white collar jobs to go into farming. The turnover in dry season farming is huge and I believe if they embark on it, they stand to help immensely from the yield” he stated.
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.
Senior Apostle John Aina, Acting Chairman CAN- Taraba state chapter
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.