Plateau unrest: Fish out bad elements in your communities, religious circles – Interreligious Council tells stakeholders

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Sequel to the resurgence of violence in some communities in Plateau State, the State Interreligious Council has called on religious and traditional leaders to fish out the bad elements within the communities and religious circles, conspiring with enemies of the to perpetuate evil in the state.

The Interreligious Council also called on security operatives to make frantic efforts in identifying the “real men in army and police uniforms, and fake ones”, by ensuring they are “disarmed.”

The Council equally said security, community and traditional leaders must be held accountable by the government for any destruction of lives and property in their communities.

The call was made by the Co-chairman of the Council, Prof. Pandang Yamsat, flanked by the Co-chairman and Emir of Wase, HRH Muhammad Haruna Sambo, while addressing Council members before the commencement of an emergency deliberation/interactive session, held in Jos, the State Capital on Saturday.

Yamsat said, “The insecurity is getting worse by the day, for it Is consuming the big, the poor in the villages and the rich and the religious leaders of any faith affiliation.

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“Farmlands, crops and livestock, wanton killings of sacred lives are on the increase, with its bandwagon effects on the socio-economic lives of the people is one that calls for concerted effort by all of us. Thus, we need not belittle what we have in hand for any reason.

“Announced or not announced, we are in a state of war that is sparing no one, which demands that the government, religious leaders and our security outfits and communities must rise up to checkmate the devastating situation. it is not beyond us”, he maintained.

According to him, “We must fish out the bad elements in our communities and religious circles that are conspiring with outside enemies to destroy our various

communities.

“Frantic efforts must be made by our security people to find a way ofidentifying the real men in army and police uniforms and the fake ones and disarm them.

“Government and religious leaders must resolve not to make politics or

religion out of the crises in our hands that is consuming everyone to enable us to arrest the situation.

The Co-chairman added that, “National, state, local and community boundaries and worship places must be well guarded by our different security outfits, for the word of God enjoins us to watch and pray and to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

“We must resolve not to despair or be seen to lose hope, because if we galvanize our resources, we can together fight the forces of evil and build a virile, safe and above all a Peaceful society for generations to come behind us”, he admonished.

“Government must hold the security outfits, community and traditional leaders accountable for the destruction of lives and property in their communities.

He further urged security forces to rise up to the challenge by using all their expertise in stemming the tide.

He called on the Council to ensure that the various committees that have been set, get down to work immediately, by “liaising with religious leaders at the grassroots and encouraging them to preach peace and peaceful coexistence in their various communities”.

Yamsat however said, “The current situation in some communities in Plateau State with its attendant tendency to spill-over to other neighbouring localities present a litmus test of our resolve to work closely regardless of the odds against us in halting the further degeneration of the situation.

“I, therefore, charge us to move forward, to step up and reach out to our people. We must be seen to be building bridges of mutual understanding and cooperation, as well as tolerance.

“If we remain focused and determined in the task before us, we will surely overcome.

Adding that, “Quelling the situation in our hands is not beyond us. We can do it, if we all agree we have a common enemy to defeat and have the guts to do so”, he stressed.

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