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Ethno-religious crisis retrogressive — Cleric

Jos — The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said that ethno-religious crisis in the Northern part of the country is retrogressive on the region.

Speaking in Jos, weekend, Kaigama said Nigerians had suffered untold hardships arising from political, ethnic and religious crises.

“We have suffered untold hardships caused by political, ethnic and religious crises and these bring the North always backward by many years.

“Crisis has a retrogressive effect in the sense that, we build up our structures and then over an argument on religion, they are destroyed and people are killed and blood is spilled unnecessarily,” he said.

Kaigama, who is also the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Plateau, urged traditional and religious leaders in the region to create awareness on peace.

“The traditional leaders together with us the religious leaders, will team up with the government in order to ensure that our people are enlightened about the need to stay in peace.

“That you have your religion, I have my religion, you have your tribe, I have mine, shouldn’t be the cause for chaos and anarchy and unnecessary conflict,” he said.

According to the CAN Chairman, we can live together using our respective and different gifts to build the society and, therefore, work for the common good of the country.

“You have Christians living in Kano, in Sokoto, in Maiduguri, they should be treated well. You have Muslims living in Imo, in Jos and in other places, they should be treated well.

“So, we hope we shall develop this spirit of give and take in Kano, in Sokoto, in Plateau, in Imo, in Ibadan and all over the country irrespective of political, religious and ethnic inclination,” he said.

He commended the recent visits of the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, to traditional rulers in the region, saying it was a sign that there was hope for the region and urged reciprocity by other traditional and religious leaders.

“When we see our leaders together, both Muslims and Christians interacting, sharing and finding ways for permanent peace, the people are also inspired and encouraged,” he said.


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