By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Parish priest of St. Peter’s Catholic church Gyel, Jos south local government area of Plateau state Fr. Joseph Mancha, has admonished Christian faithfuls across the globe to value sanctity of humans as they Celebrate Birth of Christ Jesus.
Father Mancha gave the charge on Wednesday, at the church premises, while responding to questions from Journalists, who sought to know how Christmas should be celebrated by Christians.
The Catholic priest said “we should live in harmony with one another, because Christ came into the world to reconcile man with God.”
The cleric frowned at the increasing killings of innocent people, Mancha insisted that every life is as important as any other life, no matter the age.
“All human being have the obligation to live righteous lives, therefore, we must values the sanctity of human life, no human being is less important than another, no matter they status in the society.”
The clergy also revealed that greed among some people was among the reasons for the many econimic challenges bediviling people in Nigeria.
“People must be seen to be working for the wellbeing of others, not the destructive tendency that we are witnessing in several places today.”
Similarly, a peace advocate, the programme manager of the Plateau Peace Building Agency Dr. Godwin Okoko, in an interview, tasked Plateau citizens to ensure the relative peace been enjoyed in the state is sustained to a permanent status.
According to Dr. Okoko, the efforts by the Plateau state government, security agencies, civil Societies, the media and other critical stakeholders have engender the return of relative peace in the state.
“As you can see, we are witnessing a peaceful Christmas 2019, our highways are free from security operatives, people walk into churches today without much hindrance from security checks, unlike the previous years.”
“But no one should take such Development for granted, we should be watchful of happings in and around us, people should not hesitate to report to the security agencies any unlawful acts.”
Commenting on sharing christmas gifts with the needy, the peace Ambassador explained that
“Whatever meal or clothes, we have, we should endeavor to share with those who can not afford food, those still in IDP camps; orphans must be remembered, share with them, the little you have, it will give them lots of hope to live.”
The Plateau Peace Building Agency programme manager commended efforts by the governor Simon Lalong led administration in ensuring permanent peace is restore in Plateau state.
Meanwhile, Christians interviewed informed that economic hardship could not allow them purchase items they desired to use in celebrating the 2019 Christmas.
As at the time of filing in this report, Jos and envious was peaceful, no threat whatsoever.
Most people remain indoor, the usual busy streets were deserted, only a few cars were seen on street.