Muslim Council of Taraba State has called for peaceful coexistence among different religious bodies in the state for sustainable development.
Fielding questions from journalists in Jalingo yesterday, chairman of the council, Alhaji Inuwa Jauro Manu stressed that the call had become imperative following activities of miscreants who are bent on causing public disturbances in the name of religion.
The chairman lamented that criminals were in the religions in the state who do not follow the teachings of their religions, explaining that they take advantage of certain situations for their selfish benefit.
“Any time the criminals attack a place,” the chairman posited, “they first loot the shops or houses of their victims before setting them ablaze.”
He urged the people not to consider them as fighting for any religion as no religion permits its followers to kill or loot.
According to him, “The worst thing that can happen to us as a people in Taraba is to have religious crisis. To the best of my knowledge what is happening in southern Taraba is not religious crisis, but land related problems.”
The council chairman wondered why indigenes of southern Taraba do not want visitors to settle on their land.
“The Fulani herdsmen who are in the bush need to graze on the land to feed their cattle, and when they are prevented they have to fight back.”
While appealing to the people to embrace peace and respect each other’s religion so as not to create room for the miscreants to capitalise on it to cause problem, he informed that the Muslim Council of Taraba State with branches all over the state had directed its members to preach peace in their sermons.
Manu urged the people of the state to learn to live in peace as, according to him, it was the only sure way to enable Governor Darius Ishaku to come out with fresh ideas in the interest of the state.

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