I am pained and saddened over Plateau killings-Rev. Pam
By Peter Usman://
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam said Wednesday that he was pained and saddened over the continued killings of Plateau people.
Rev. Pam stated this when he paid separate condolence visits to the Paramount Rulers of Irigwe and Anaguta Chiefdoms in Bassa and Jos North Local Government Areas of the state on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
According to Rev. Pam, the killings that took place in Jebu Miango where the entire village was ransacked and thousands of inhabitants of the area displaced from their ancestral homes was painful and disheartening.
At the Palace of the Bbra Nggwe, Rev. Ronku Aka, Rev Pam said “I am not happy coming here today for the second time over severe attack on our people. This second one was more devastating” he said.
He said after the first attack at Maiyanga, he sponsored a peace meeting at the Police Officers’ Mess where aggrieved parties expressed reservations regarding each other.
NCPC boss described the Royal father as a peace builder who is facing trials at such a time.
Nigeria, he said is in a perilous time, adding that he is very sad within him seeing the kind of carnage persisting in the state, stressing that he was sure the people directly affected were feeling much more than himself as almost all of them have been rendered homeless!
Rev. Pam while assuring the Monarch of support, said he was not alone in this pain but was already mobilizing all federal appointees from the state to intervene pledging to meet with the President and present him with facts and the right perspective of the crimes being perpetrated in the state.
He called on border communities and Traditional Rulers to work and team up together and share intelligence to arrest this ugly situation.
At the Palace of the Ujah Anaguta, the Executive Secretary congratulated the Monarch on his recent ascension as a First Class Traditional Ruler following the death of his father.
He said he was there to commiserate with him over the massacre of his subjects describing the “act as evil and barbaric”.
Rev. Pam said the gruesome murder of women, children, and the aged by these heartless people is saddened and said he was there to identify with them over these losses.
He praised the role of the monarch for his swift intervention and said he performed very well in showing good leadership.
Rev. Pam promised to do everything possible to bring about the healing process and condemned this in in totality and saying that such killings was no longer acceptable.
He urged Plateau people to unite and fight these evil people as it is only through unity that will bring about good security, stop the imagination of the evildoers and bring to naught their strategies.
Rev. Pam lamented the lack of unity and sharing of security information by traditional rulers who he said must develop the habit of sharing security intelligence to tame this tight. He lamented the lack of unity amongst the Traditional Rulers is helping the enemies to have their way.
In their separate responses BBRA NGGWE RIGWE, REV RONKU AKA said he was happy receiving the ES in his palace.
He said over a thousand lives had been lost since 2001 in his chiefdom, lamenting the attack in Jebu Miango, where the entire village was destroyed and residents deserted the area.
On his part, the Ujah Anaguta, Pozoh Johnson Joro Magaji said they’re devastated with the magnitude of the attack, saying that it was a trying moment for them as a people.
He said he was full of joy with the visit of the ES. NCPC, describing him as a blessing to them, saying his encouragement to his late father, the church, and the entire community is appreciated.
Magaji said he can’t just forget the role of the ES as a true unifier who has championed unity amongst the tribes in Plateau state on peace and harmony.
He stated that the ES preaches tolerance and said we have no choice to embrace and tolerate each other as a people and a church.
He said the people are still mourning and in shock as he cannot fathom why people that you live with only to wake-up and found out that they have been killed. He said he can’t comprehend this.
According to the Monarch, Plateau and the church has a common enemy and unless we come together we shall continue to wallow in this evil.
The traditional ruler said the Plateau State Governor can’t be blamed for what is happening but said, he is 100% sure those in the habit of this dastardly act will meet with the wrath of God.
He urged the ES not to be tired of uniting the people of the plateau state, stating that he sees no reason why Plateau should have primordial issues and hopes for a better Plateau.