By Hassan Ishaku, Jalingo
Clergy men of Tiv extraction, Wukari chapter of Taraba state, Thursday held. a special session of fasting and prayer in honour of victims of Fulani herdsmen attack. This is coming as the Tiv farmers in Wukari, Ibi, Gassol and other parts of Taraba state within a shortest period this year, faced series of attack by Fulani militias and as well as the governor’s alarm over plans to attack the state in ten days from February 1, by Fulani herdsmen.
Readinggg the scriptures from the book of judges 6:1-7, chairman Tiv clergy, pastor James Unongo who led the session which held at the NKST church Wukari, called on Tiv people to submit their pains to God for solution as the Israelis who suffered in the hands of the Egyptians He prayed God to save the Tiv people from the hands of their enemies.
Speaking, chairman Tiv culture and social association Wukari chapter, Terhile Ahur Timothy described the unwarranted and continued killings of the TIV in the locality as deliberate and ethnic cleansing by Fulani Herdsmen and their backers. Ahur who listed out many instances from January 4- February 2, 2018, where Tiv farmers were attacked and killed by Fulani militias in Wukari and Ibi local government areas, said he was disappointed over the slow action of the security to tackle the terrorist acts for a lasting peace.
While throwing weight behind the Taraba state open grazing prohibition and ranching establishment law, the Tiv cultural chairman called on the state governor, Darius Ishaku to intensify efforts to address the current security challenges in the affected areas as well as the state in general. He challenged the Tiv people to see the actions of the Fulani herdsmen against Tiv in the country as plot to annihilate and take over their ancestral homes.
He called on the federal government to address the menace being carried out by herders against the Tiv people across the nation for the spirit of peace and one Nigeria..
Among thee clergy present were Rev. .Fr.M.Angyan of Termakegh parish Gindin Dorowa, Rev.m.m Ayongu of NKST Abeda Ayaka, Rev. Fr.Vershima of holy spirit parish Wukari, Rev.Ikyumen of African church Daa, Rev.A.Y Waako of NKST AYU, pastor Michael Orpandega and pastor Mathias Aindigh were all in attendant
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