From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Northern States Christian Elders Forum, NOSCEF yesterday condemned the ongoing crisis between the Jukun and Tiv ethnic nationalities that has resulted to killing of two students and a staff of the Federal University of Wukari in Taraba State last week.
The Forum made the condemnation during the presentation of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs to the six local government areas affected by herdsmen attack including Agatu, Kwande, Makurdi, Ukum and Guma.
State Chairman, NOSCEF, Prof. Peter Agogo lamented over the growing insecurity situation in Northern states and solicited for sustained prayers from Nigerians for an end to the attacks and killings to enable the IDPs return to their ancestral homes.
Prof. Agogo applauded the efforts of Governor Samuel Ortom in ensuring that the perennial crisis is nipped in the bud for the return of enduring peace in the state.
“It is our prayer that the crises should stop so that the people can go back to their ancestral homes, where they truly belong”, Prof. Agogo said.
The state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Akpen Leva, also lamented over the killings in the region, commending the National leadership of NOSCEF for donating assorted relief materials to cushion the sufferings of IDPs wallowing in penury in the camps.
Rev. Leva appealed to the federal government to fulfill its promise of settling the displaced victims to facilitate their safe return home.
National Security Officer of NOSCEF, Engr. Sule Kilang, condemned recent kidnapping and killing of Christians, and expressed regrets that people in authority have continued to keep mute over the matter.
Engr. Kilang called on people in the Middle Belt including traditional rulers to rise up aggressively to the challenge of protecting their communities against external aggressors for peace in their domains.
Items donated by the Christian group include; 65 cartons of Minimie noddles, 36 bags of rice, 19 bags of Dangote salt, 18 cartons of chicken flavour (Maggi) and 30 cartons of detergents among others.