The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North Eastern states, has urged warring communities in Adamawa to stop the hostilities and embrace peace.
The zone chairman, Rev Abare Yunusa Kallah, who is from the tribe of Waja in Gombe State, called on the warring communities of Waja and Lunguda in Adamawa State to sheath their swords for the sake of peace and tranquillity.
Abare said there had never existed any history of communal clash between the two tribes, adding that the hard-earned harmonious and peaceful coexistence should not be destroyed for petty reasons.
Yunusa, a trained peace-builder and national representative of OMNIA Institute for contextual leadership, USA, a peace organisation, called on all and sundry from Lunguda and Waja to look back with the eyes of wisdom, insisting the people should never allow crisis to exist between them.
He appreciated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and his Gombe State counterpart, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, for setting up a committee to look into the matter and apt intervention.
“I wish to condemn, in totality, the recent uprising between Lungada and Waja tribes around Gyuk LGA in Adamawa State. I also wish to express gratitude to the urgent visit of the governor of Adamawa State to the scene of the inferno, to quickly raise a fact-finding committee of unquestionable integrity men who will look into the root cause of the crisis and proffer solutions to restore peace to the area.
“I also commend the intervention of the governor of Gombe State for his apt action in calling for calm and support for the victims, sending security personnel to help restore calm among the warring groups.
“All traditional rulers who are the custodian of our culture and heritage, religious leaders, youth and women groups, and opinion leaders are responsible to ensure that peace reigns in our region,” Abare said.