By Emmanuel Elebeke
Information Minister Mr. Labaran Maku has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to unite and defeat insurgents who seek to divide and set the people against each other.
He made the call at a Church Service to commemorate the Easter celebrations.
Mr. Maku observed that the reason for the killings of innocent lives by terrorists was to cause confusion and cast the government in bad light hence the need for the people to unite against divisive and satanic forces.
“These killings that are taking place in our country are satanic and I have told them the effort the President is making to have peace. The reason for the killings is satanic, is to cause confusion in the country, is to make the people hate the government and fight among ourselves”, he stated.
The Minister said though, the Federal Government is doing everything possible to check the activities of terrorists in the country including deploying new technologies, the public should support security agencies by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious movement and characters to the appropriate authorities.
“I have told the people to help the government. I gave them the example of Dadin Kowa in Jos. When there was crisis in Jos, the people of Dadin Kowa, Muslims and Christians came together to form a committee so that if there is any Christian that enters there, Christians will report to Muslims, if any Muslim enters the place with bad intention, Muslims will report to Christians and all of them will watch the person.
That way, Dadin Kowa and Miango Low-cost have never had any crisis,” the Minister remarked.
Maku said as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the people should equally resist those who seek to terminate their lives untimely.
Responding to a request by the Assistant Parish Priest of the Church, Reverend Father Alfred Azige for the construction of the road that passes through the Church in Akwanga up to the Wakama hills, the home town of the minister, Mr. Maku said already the Federal Ministry of Works had conducted the survey of the road and promised that work would commence this year to bring succour to the people as well as open up the area to tourists.
Also speaking, a veteran primary school teacher in Akwanga, Mr. Mathias Mamman advised the people to make peace their number one priority as they mark the Easter.
He enjoined Christians to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ and spread the message of peace and love to all humanity.
In his sermon, Reverend Father Alfred Azige said the thrust of the Easter celebration is that there is life after death which is the consolation for Christians to have eternal life with Jesus Christ.
He appealed to the Federal Government to construct the road from Akwanga to Wakama hills to bring relief to the people living in the area as well as expose the place to economic activities.