‘Taraba govt insensitive to citizens’ plight’
The Christian community in Taraba State has accused the government of being “insensitive” to the plight of the citizens.
It accused the Garba Umar administration of breaching the constitutional provision, which guarantees protection of life and property.
This was contained in a communique at the end of 108 CRCN General Church Council (GCC) in Takum, Taraba State.
The communique was signed by the CRCN President, Rev. Osheka Caleb Ahima and Vice President Rev. Isaiah Jirapye Magaji.
The General Church Council is the highest decision and policy making body of the Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria.
It said the continuous attacks on Christians, in the southern and central districts of Taraba have led to the death of hundreds of people and destruction of property.
It said the sustained silence by the government on the killings of Christians, particularly the Tiv, and their forceful relocation to Benue State is “not only politically motivated but a calculated and coordinated plot to exterminate Christians in Taraba.”
It urged the Federal Government to compel security agencies to operate within the law, instead of promoting sectional interest, which often made some people sacred cows and others scapegoats.
It said: “The free movement of people claimed to be Fulani herdsmen with sophisticated weapons terrorising innocent villagers in southern and central Taraba under the nose of security operatives be halted immediately in the interest of peace and development.
“The federal and state government should bring back and compensate the Tiv who were forced out of their dwelling places.
“The mass exodus of Tiv people from Taraba state, if not addressed, will lead to famine in the state; government’s quest for food security and export of agricultural products to raise foreign exchange earnings for the state and country would be a mirage.
“We view the expulsion of Tiv people from Taraba State as a scheme to undo the Christian community because of their numerical strength.”
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