The Executive Secretarial assistant, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Rev. Yakubu Pam has appealed to citizens of Plateau Province to lay aside religion and ethnic differences and fighting against the common enemy that is inflicting hurting on citizens.
He blamed the lingering violence in the province on poor and selfish leadership and urged citizens to start to store for credible and self-centred leaders who will be “fair, just and accountable” to the citizenry.
Pam disclosed this on Tuesday to commemorate the 2021 International Peace Daytime, organized by Samuel Kwamkur Foundation with a theme, “Recovering Superior for an Equitable and Sustainable Plateau” held in Jos, the Province Working capital.
He said, “It is time for all Plateau citizens to come up together and speak with one phonation.
“We must leave of absence our religion, ethnicity aside and fighting the evil that is working against us.
“We cannot solve our problems through violent approach, we must halt destroying our lives and properties in the proper name of revenge. We should encourage the emergence of leaders who have the involvement of the people and the province at pump”.
Pam who is also Chairman of the Christian Organization of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria, expressed sadness over the violent attacks that claimed several lives in the province, piece he was absent to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for pilgrimage and called for a ceasefire.
He said the province needs assist at the instant, “peculiarly at present that we have people who are looking for a repast to eat but don’t have particularly those in the IDP camps.
“We should not solve our job through violence, but we must approach our challenges from humanity dot of view”, he admonished.
In his remarks, President of Kwamkur Samuel Foundation, Barr. Kwamkur Vondip said the province has gone through persistent killings and devastation of asset in rural communities since the enemies of peace sow a seed of violence amongst the people.
Vondip sympathized with the victims of violent attacks, brutality, kidnapping and urged citizens to unite against those who are dividing citizens along devout and ethnic lines.
“Plateau Province, from history is known to be one of the most serene and accommodating states in the whole federation hence our motto “Home of Peace and Tourism.
“Of a sudden, the enemy of peace came and sowed seeds of discord amongst us which is complicated by different factors to include; politics, religion, high level of criminality and systemic corruption.
“Spell we empathise with those who are victims of brutality, persistent killings and devastation of asset in many parts of our communities, we must not give upwards on ourselves and land.
“We must not allow few disgruntled elements to cause crises amongst us.
“We must be on alert to carefully understand what is happening around us”, he maintained.
“I appeal to all to bring together hands with each other regardless of our tribes, religion and part to ensure that we collectively expose and fighting the criminal elements whether they are within us, in the bushes or in high places of authorisation”, Pam admonished.
He said the administration of Governor Simon Lalong has shown strong commitment towards ending the persistent crisis in rural communities in the province.
Also, a Civil Society Activist, Comrade Gad Peter, urged leaders in the country to dismantle whatever social status that brings partition in the province and land.
Peter said the authorities must be seen to be working in the involvement of all citizens, adding that, doing so will give them a sense of belonging and unity for peaceful co-existence in the country.
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