The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Reverend Charles Hammawa, has expressed worry over what he called the Federal Government’s conspicuous indifference to the continuous killings of innocent citizens by Fulani terrorists in parts of Taraba State.
This is contained in a communiqué issued in Jalingo at the end of the 17th general assembly of the Catholic diocese of Jalingo held at the Catholic Pastoral centre, Mile Six.
According to the cleric, the efforts of the Federal Government at tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeastern states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno were quite commendable but the seeming silence of the government to the plight of suffering masses in parts of Taraba who are constantly under attack by Fulani terrorists is most worrisome and sends dreadful signals.
“There is no doubt that government’s efforts at ending insurgency are yielding fruits, but the absence of federal interventions in Taraba is limiting progress. Attacks are recorded daily, people are being killed and communities destroyed.
“Attempts by the displaced people to return home have been frustrated and made impossible as they are attacked and killed each time they try it. Their houses and farmlands are currently being occupied by armed Fulani men who are not ready to leave.”
“While we commend the efforts of the state government for ordering for the return of the IDPs to their ancestral homes and villages, it is sad to note that the ugly trend of unlawful seizure, selling and occupying of farm lands and homes belonging to the IDPs have become a lucrative business for some local Chiefs and traditional rulers,”
The clergy further called on the society to treat the training and discipline of children with more seriousness as relegating the responsibility to the streets will only mean a larger society of uncultured youths and irresponsible elders.
Saturday Tribune reports that terrorist under the guise of herdsmen have been unleashing havoc on communities in parts of Taraba, the most recent in Gashaka that claimed over sixty lives and displaced over a thousand.