The leadership of northern Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on both the federal and Plateau State governments to quickly provide security to the internally displaced persons to returned immediately back to their home communities so as to avoid a situation where the attackers, whose intention is to take over the land of the natives, get what they want.
They also called on the governments to jointly assist the internally displaced persons by rebuilding their houses.
Northern CAN chairman, Rev Yakubu Pam, the leader of Northern CAN officials who paid a visit to Gashshi district of Barkinladi council of Plateau State in his address to internally displaced persons who gathered at the burnt COCIN Church Pastorium, said the attackers and killers of the villagers in their home land would not go unpunished as the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.
He demanded for adequate security for the villagers on return to their villages by the security agents. He also appealed to all those wishing to donate relief materials to internally displaced to visit Gashshi district and other places that suffered the attacks to see for themselves, the torture the natives were subjected to by herders who invaded their land.
Pam and other northern Christian leaders who were the first set of leaders in the north to visit Gashshi District after the attacks were told by survivors that the military on ground looked the other way during the attacks.
According to one of the church leaders in the community, Pastor Gyang Bulus, ‘’the soldiers told us that they were not directed by their superiors to intervene and as such, there was nothing they could do. We were made to bury our dead in hurry by the soldiers so that the world would not know what really happened.’’
Rev Pam called on Plateau State government to do more to make life worth living again.
The group donated bags of rice and other grains including some money to leaders of the displaced persons in Gashishi, Heipang and Algudi IDP camps. They also gave them words of encouragement with emphasis on not losing hope because their present predicament is temporary.
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