Taraba Attacks: Bishop Laments, Says Catholic Church Worst Hit, Many Parishes Closed

Taraba Attacks: Bishop Laments, Says Catholic Church Worst Hit, Many Parishes Closed

  • The Catholic Church has lamented the rate of attacks on their premises by unknown gunmen in Taraba state
  • According to the church, many lives have been lost in these attacks and many of their parishes have been shut down
  • Going further, the church, through Most Reverend Charles Hammawa said something must be urgently done about the attack

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The attacks in Taraba state has affected the Catholic Church more than any other entity according to the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Reverend Charles Hammawa.

According to him, many parishioners' lives had been lost while many parishes were currently closed, Punch Newspaper reports.

A Catholic bishop has lamented attacks on their churches in Taraba state.
The Catholic Church has lamented attacks on their churches in Taraba state. Photo: Governor Darius Ishaku
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He made this known while delivering a homily at the graduation of catechists at the Catholic Catechetical Training Institute in Jimlari near Jalingo, the state capital.

Also, some clerics have accused the federal government of not doing enough to combat crimes in the country, The Guardian reports.

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He said:

“The world has never been without challenges, but the challenges facing Nigeria now are enormous. The growing insecurity in Nigeria is worrisome and needs to be urgently addressed.
“In Taraba state, the crisis is quite disturbing and the Catholic Church is always the worst hit anytime it erupts. At present, many parishes in our diocese are closed. Many lives have been lost during these attacks and valuable properties destroyed.
“This situation calls for action. We need to tell ourselves the truth to be able to defeat the forces of evil that are working against the peace and security of Nigeria.”

Governors must be allowed to control state resources

In another report, Legit.ng had reported that Ishaku called for the constitution review concerning the mining rights in the country.

The governor lamented that mining is under the federal government’s control under the law, adding that its exclusivity is worrisome and should be reviewed to promote the development of the sector.

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Ishaku said the governors across the country have proffered solutions to the federal government in order to have a win-win situation, saying that the government has paid deaf ears to their suggestions.

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IDPs return home

Legit.ng also reported that some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Taraba state are returning to their communities following the directive by Governor Ishaku.

The chairman of Taraba State Tiv Traditional Leaders Council and Ter Tiv Bali, Zaki David Gbaa, confirmed the development.

Gbaa added the chairman of the Bali local government area, Prince Musa Mahmud, would facilitate the return of all displaced persons in the local government back to their homes.

The traditional ruler noted a letter to that effect has been sent to all the traditional rulers in the local government, adding that people are massively returning to their farms.

Source: Legit.ng

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