Religious and
traditional leaders from
the southern part of Taraba
State have condemned in
strong terms the frequent
clashes between farmers/
herders and other ethnic
and religious clashes in
the state.
The concerned groups
who rose from a two-day
meeting at St. Borromeo’s
Pastoral Centre, Jalingo,
called on government at
all levels to draw on their
statutory roles to ensure
that laws guiding land use
are always implemented.
The groups called on the
Taraba State government
to be proactive in
implementing the
resolutions of the various
committees’ reports
particularly the Taraba/
Benue joint committee
report to check frequent
border crisis between the
two states.
In a communiqué
signed by heads of
churches, traditional and
community leaders from
southern part of the state,
the Chairman of the forum
and Catholic Bishop of
Jalingo Diocese, Rev
Dr. Charles Hammawa
called on government
and community leaders
to ensure that farmers
and herdsmen coexist
peacefully to avoid
According to the
communiqué, “the culture
of religious tolerance
should be promoted to
ensure mutual respect for
other people’s religions
by all, in addition to a
synergy of efforts by both
religious and community
It appealed to the
political class to ensure
fairness in the distribution
of political appointments
and sharing of dividends
of democracy, to avoid
other groups “crying of
marginalisation which
often results to violent
The communiqué sued
for neutrality on the part
of traditional leaders
urging them to live
above board and ensure
community policing
in their areas to check
activities of criminals.
Incessant destruction of
crops and farmlands by
herders was identified as
a major factor of violent
clashes in the state and
called for restraints.

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