Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa has blamed the festering crisis in Taraba State on politicians whom he accused of looking the other way while lives and property were being destroyed.
Hammawa, who said this in an exclusive chat with Nigerian Pilot in Jalingo yesterday, accused them of being quiet even as lives were bring lost, describing as unfortunate the continued killings in parts of the state.
The bishop, who insisted that the killings of the people did not have any place in the minds of the politicians, said “I don’t know what our elected leaders were doing during the crisis in the state that killed many and sent thousands packing in central and southern parts of the state. Our elected leaders have been quiet for too long.”
Hammawa lamented that the crisis had crippled economic activities in many parts of the state and that nobody was talking about it, not even members of the state House of Assembly.
Bishop Hammawa wondered why Taraba with high record of clashes between herders and farmers in recent times is not being considered for attention among states where famers and herders are at war in the country.
He explained that a recent debate in the National Assembly on how to end herders/farmers crisis excluded Taraba as only Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi and other states in the country were mentioned, and members in the National Assembly from the state kept sealed lips even as the state has its own share of the crises.
Hammawa tasked the Taraba governor-elect, Darius Ishaku, to among other things prioritise peace and security in the state, even as he called on the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to assist in the rehabilitation of displaced people after their return.

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