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Taraba crisis: Catholic priests flay Ishaku

Darius Ishaku

Following the escalation of communal clashes in parts of Taraba State which have claimed hundreds of lives and caused destruction to property worth billions of naira, the National Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA) in Taraba has indicted the Taraba State government, accusing it of complacency and lack of the will power to end the crisis and address the plight of the people.

The state Chairman of NCDPA, Rev Fr. Ephraim Sani, who addressed journalists at the Pastoral centre in Jalingo, said that the priests were saddened by the continued crisis in the state that has caused the death of thousands of people including Priests and the wanton destruction of property.

Sani said that it was important for the state Governor Darius Ishaku with support from the Federal Government to invest more time and resources in the security of the state and to personally visit the affected areas in a show of solidarity with the people and to emphasise government’s dislike for the crisis.

He regretted that the crisis has not only affected the social and religious life of the people but has also put a halt to the farming activity in the state which is the main stay of the people.

“It is sad to say that the negative effects of these crises on our people are better imagined than confessed. Human life has become so cheap that it takes no second thought to be wasted. Even the rules of engagement in wars are no longer observed. Innocent children and defenceless women have become primary targets of murderous acts.

“We call on the government under Darius Ishaku, with support from the Federal Government to invest more time and resources in the security of the state. We appeal to his good conscience as the chief security officer of the state and to his paternal responsibility to visit and ensure adequate security is deployed to the affected areas. In truth, we believe that not much has been done and there is a feeling of abandonment of common people by government,” he said.

According to the cleric, “Bandits, militias are never beyond the military prowess of our security apparatus to contain the situation. Leaders should be nonpartisan, bearing in mind that they are elected to serve the good of all. Security personnel should demonstrate a genuine sincerity of heart and purpose, accompanied by a patriotic spirit of commitment which upholds the common good of everyone above sectional or vested interests.

“We call on the leadership of the state CAN to play a more proactive role in bringing to fruition the prayer of its members that they may be one. CAN must not only be seen to be active during elections. Let us hear and see more from CAN leadership in the state”.

Sani called on the warring factions to sheath their swords and for all to embrace peace and to show respect for the sanctity of human lives as crisis only help to promote retrogression and unnecessary anxiety that ultimately works against the good of all the people.

Reacting, the special Adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu while appreciating the priests for their show of concern, said government was proactive in making sure that peace was restored in southern Taraba and other parts of the state.