The Taraba State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the Federal Government to end incessant attacks on farmers by herdsmen across the country to ensure food security.
State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh made the call on Wednesday in his office in Jalingo in an exclusive interview with Taravoices.
Rev. Ubeh who is also the founder and General Overseer of Christ Glorious Army, Jalingo noted that since the Federal Government has succeeded in defeating Boko Haram and rooting them out of Sambisa forest, it can apply the same strategy in ending herdsmen attacks on farmers across the country.
“If Buhari led Federal Government can defeat Boko Haram, it is an indication that he can end other security challenges facing the nation especially herdsmen attacks. Tackling the issue would enable farmers to heed the president’s call to go back to the farms.
“We cannot continue like this in this country. Just few days ago, herdsmen attacked a village in Ardo Kola Local Government and destroyed the whole village. Few days to Christmas, Sabon-gida Takai and Dan-Anacha also came under attack by herdsmen.
“Look at the situation in Southern Kaduna where the place was under 24 hours curfew, yet the herdsmen attacked and killed people there.
“The Federal Government must be more committed in ending these bloodshed this new year, ” he said.
On the hardships being faced by Nigerians, the clergyman expressed hope that God will wipe away the hardships, but called on leaders to be prudent in the management of resources and device ways of ending the current recession.
While congratulating Taraba Gov. Darius Ishaku, the good people of Taraba and Nigerians in the New Year, the CAN Chairman called on the Governor to expedite action in the payment of Local Government and Teachers’ salaries in the State.
“We are proud of the achievements of the Governor in the State, but he should do more in the new year in terms of payment of Local Government and Teachers’ salaries.
“As a body, CAN Taraba State chapter will continue to pray for the Governor and his team to succeed. We are also committed in preaching peaceful coexistence among the people for development to thrive.”
On the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons in camps as a result of renewed killings by herdsmen in some parts of the State, Rev. Ubeh urged the Government to deploy Security in the affected Communities to enable those affected return to their homes.