From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Christian leaders yesterday began a two-day conference to brainstorm on the safety of lives and properties, especially Churches and Mosques as the wave of attacks continues unabated.
The Christian leaders were agog at the conference organized by the northern Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), held at Crest Hotel, Jos.
Tarfa, who gave a keynote address on the role of the Christian leaders on sustainable peace and security in Northern Nigeria as a Penance Development, said , “ all of us should be hearken to the genuine teaching of Christianity in order to promote peace and harmony in the country.”
He said that, no Church or Mosque can be safe in a conflict – prone country, Rtd Major General Paul Tarfa, has told
According to Tarfa, since religion maintains that all human beings are equal in the sight of God, it should be remembered also it condemns corruption, dishonesty, nepotism and disrespect to constitutional authority, which means that for peace and good governance to thrive in Nigeria, religious leaders must preach virtues of honesty in their places of worship.
He noted that the current insecurity in the country is directly related to insurgency in the North East.
“ The insecurity we are facing today in Nigeria is the aftermath of Book Haram insurgency which has affected the growth and development in the North East and the country at large.”
The former military general, however emphasised that the religious leaders have a vital role to play in building peace and security in the country.
He called on religious leaders to teach core morals in their sermons believing that such morals can change negative behavior of people to positive one.
He advised religious leader to be knowledgeable of the Holy Bible before interpreting word of God in order not to mislead and confuse people.
On the 2019 general elections, the ex-military officer warned leaders not to drag churches into politics but should advise people to elect people of their choice for good governance.
He commended the federal government for being proactive in the fight against insurgency in the country , calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts in the fight.