Tuesday, 3 May 2016

#Benue, Taraba Bishops Seek God’s Intervention

Disturbed by violent clashes between herders and farmers, Catholic bishops in Benue and Taraba State met on Sunday at the St. Edward De Confessor Catholic Parish, Kashimbilla in Takum LGA of Taraba State to pray for God’s intervention.

The prayer session was attended by the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, the Most Rev. Dr. Charles Hammawa, Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese, Rev. Dr. Peter Adoboh and Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Rev. Dr. Williams Amove Avenya who is also the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, (CBCN).

They unanimously told the congregation that the prayer pilgrimage was not politically motivated, but was conceived out of genuine concern to look for ways of ensuring peaceful coexistence among God’s creatures irrespective of their differences.

In his homily at the occasion, Bishop Charles Hammawa of the Jalingo Diocese condemned insecurity in parts of the country. He said clashes between herders and farmers in Taraba have brought underdevelopment which would take the state a long time to recover.

Hammawa urged the government to hold town hall meetings across the country, especially in the troubled areas, on the need for the people to live in peace with one another and stop the continuous killings in the country.

 He reminded politicians to promote peace in their communities, saying those who promote violence and manipulate the laws for cover up would not manipulate God on judgment day.

The Sarkin Hausawa in Kashimbila, Alhaji Zakari Musa and the Chief of Kashimbila, John Diokam in their separate remarks, thanked the bishops for the peace initiative, describing it as the first of its kind in the country and urged the people to support the move.


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