By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Nineteenth (19), Northern Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have pledged to deploy dialogue among warring parties to bring an end to farmers/herders conflict and violence the North.
Speaking on behalf of the group in an interactive session with journalists in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the outgoing Chairman, Rev. Dr Yakubu Pam, who commended the journalists for their positive reportage and support given him and the organisation, said it is only be living “in peace with one another, play down tribe and religion, we can promote the tenets of democracy.”
Lamenting that the issue of cattle rustling does not involve only Fulani cows but also those of the natives, Dr Pam stressed that the recent stakeholders meeting held between retired pastors, Imam and other religious leaders in the north part of Plateau state especially in Fan district, have been effective in reducing violent related killings.
He pointed out that since the return of democracy to the country, the recourse to dialogue as a way to managing crisis was the best option.
He urged the Governors-elect in the 19 states of Northern Nigeria to hit the ground running in their respective states to bring development to the door steps of the people in all areas of life.
Earlier in a statement, he said all the states in the North was in dire need of development that would touch the lives of the people, stressing that with the right policies that address the needs of the people, especially in the area of security of lives and property, should be the main focus of the governors and other representatives.