By Andrew Ajijah:
The Conglomerate of Churches of Christ in Nigeria otherwise known as TEKAN, has appeal to the Federal Government to end the persistent civil unrest between the Jukun and Tiv speaking ethnic groups in Taraba state.
The Church, in a communique jointly signed by it President Rev. Dr. Caleb Solomon Ahima, and the General Secretary, Rev. Moses Jatau Ebuga, called for an end in the crisis which has consumed several lives.
“Council calls on the Federal Government, Benue and Taraba State Governments to ensure that the Tiv- Jukun crisis is brought to an end in no distance time,” the Statement read.
The religious organizations made the appeal on Thursday at the end of it executive council meeting, held in Jos Plateau state.
TEKAN, is a Christian fellowship that has been in existence for over 64 years and has about 30 million members cutting across 15 denominational churches.
It expressed concern that in spite of several calls on the federal government to interven in the Taraba unrest, the calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears, as innocent persons are still been killed without just cause.
“Council calls on the Federal Government to give more attention to victims of insurgencies, bandits and kidnappers in Borno, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Taraba, Yobe and many other parts of the nation.”
It challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari led government to be more responsive to the plight of Nigerians, even as it alledged that there is a high level of corruption among public office holders in the Country.
“Council frowns at the high level of corruption going on in the Government at all levels, particularly the sad stories of heavy embezzlement we read in many Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and mismanagement of palliatives to citizens and calls on President Buhari to show more commitment in handling the news of this high level of corruption.”
It says the rate of insecurity in the southern Kaduna needs to be addressed, as many lives have been destroyed.
“Council expresses dissatisfaction with the Federal Government and the security agencies on the continuous killing and destructions of property of vulnerable Nigerians particularly the ongoing mayhem in Southern Kaduna State targeted at the Christians.
It reiterated the call for the sacking of service chiefs in Nigeria.
“Council wondered why despite calls by the Church, National Assembly, governors and other concerned Nigerians for the complete overhaul of the Nigeria Security apparatus, yet, the various calls for the change has received no action from President Muhammadu Buhari.” It stressed.