By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” National Auditor of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Samuel Ortom, has warned that the recurrent sectarian crisis in Plateau State is capable of truncating Nigeriaâ€™s nascent democracy.
Ortom who spoke while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi, cautioned that the crisis had become a source of worry for every stakeholder in the Nigerian project, especially at this critical time of the nationâ€™s history.
Condemning the recent outbreak of killing in the state, Ortom lamented that the development was dragging back the hand of development in the country.
He also argued that the crisis was taking the shine off the nationâ€™s democratic gains which the people of the country have continued to cherish.
According to him, â€œthe killings in Jos is a threat to our nascent democracy which our people worked so hard to attain.â€
The former Benue State PDP Chairman then called for restraint from the warring parties in the interest of the peace and stability of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
He stressed that in this era and generation, Nigerians should not engage each other in a blood-bath no matter the level of provocation.
He advised that the warring parties to sheath their swords and engage in a round table discussion to iron out their differences rather than resorting to violence.
…advises religious groups
Ortom further urged all the religious groups in Plateau State to respect each otherâ€™s faith, adding that all religions preach peace and religious harmony amongst people of different socio-religious backgrounds.
According to him, â€œare we no more brothers and sisters despite our religious differences? We must continue to live in peace and harmony as one people. Please letâ€™s shun everything that creates disharmony and conflicts in our mist. It is not helping our democracy.
â€œNigerians are known to be peace-loving people. That is even the more reason why we must put an end to the senseless killing and let peace reign in Plateau State.â€