Taraba Impasse: Cleric expresses fears over food security


Pastor Isaiah Jirapye, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba chapter, has said that food crisis was imminent if the Tiv/Jukun communal violence was not checked.

Jirapye said the ethnic nationalities locked in the conflict were predominantly farmers, and regretted that the violence had made it difficult for them to visit the fields.

The clergy, who particularly condemned the gruesome murder of Rev. Fr. David Tanko by unknown gunmen along Takum-Wukari road, advised the perpetrators to repent and seek the face of the Lord.

“It is worrisome that both Tiv and Jukun, who have been living together as brothers, will fight so dirty, killing and destroying their homes.

“Another issue of concern is that both ethnic groups are predominantly farmers who have been forced to desert their farms due to fear of attacks.

“The adverse effects are that this crisis will lead to food shortage and that will affect every body.”

Jirapye commended the state government for its support to the displaced persons, and especially for the provision of facilities and security in the IDPs camp.

He, however, urged the government to do more, especially in the area of food and medicals.

According to him, the IDPs deserve every form of support because it is not their intention to find themselves where they are.

So, we are appealing to government and other well meaning citizens and organisations to do more in the area of humanitarian support to the displaced,” he added.

According to him, without peace, there can’t be development.

“If you build roads and nobody can walk on them, if you build schools and hospitals and nobody is using them, what is the gain?

“So, wherever there is no peace, development is bound to be scarce,” he said.