Catholic Bishop Donates Relief Materials To Jalingo IDPs



The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese,  Most Rev Charles  Hammawa on Wednesday distributed relief materials to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps from the recent farmer/herders conflict in Kona, Mayo-Dassa,  Nukkai and ATC, all in Jalingo.

Reports said that Hammawa accompanied by some other priests of the diocese distributed food items and toiletries to the IDPs.

He admonished the IDPs not to lose hope in the country and in God, saying the diocese shared in their plight.

Hammawa lamented that the inaction of the Federal government was responsible for the high rate of insecurity in the country.

The cleric noted that in other climes people who fail in their responsibilities humbly resigned or are sacked by the government, but unfortunately the situation was different in Nigeria.

“If you fail in your responsibility you either resign or you are sacked, but unfortunately we have a government in place that is not just and don’t abide by the rules of the game and engagement.

“We have a government that only protects itself and the security of the common man is not their business and that is the cause of the problem.

“If not so, if an individual does not resign himself for his failure, the government should see him sacked.

“It’s unfortunate, but we can only say what we feel and encourage the government to rise up to the occasion.” he said.

Hammawa, who noted that Nigerians were living more and more in a dehumanizing situation called on all citizens to continue to pray for peace in the land.

While calling on those perpetrating the killings in the country in whatever disguise to have a rethink, the Hammawa called on security agencies to work harder in securing lives and property of Nigerians.

“These serial killings have been with us for some time now and it’s high time government came out with a  strategy to prevent the atrocities.

“We have people who are trained for this,they have the resources and they should do something differently,” he said.

Mr Bala Simon, one of the IDPs thanked Hammawa and the Catholic Church for identifying with them in their difficult moment.

He appealed to the relevant authorities to ensure an end to the crisis so that they would leave camp and go back to their ancestral homes.


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