The Oasis Reporters
February 4, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The Christian Association Of Nigerian, CAN says it would be compelled to make it as a law for any Christian believer to produce his or her own voters’ card before before being allowed to attend any mass or services.
The Chairman m, Plateau State chapter of the CAN, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang registered this warning Saturday at the 3rd annual Plateau prayer day organized by the state CAN body in conjunction with the state government.
The prayer session with the theme, “Endless Love Of Christ Brings Unity” as it is recorded in the book of John 15: 12-14, “l, Rev. Bewarang registered dismay over the lack of unity among Christians”, saying political or denominational differences between the Christian sects has remained the impediment to the progress of the Christian faith in Nigeria.
He however charged Plateau Christians to shun their sentiments and love one another for the progress and development of the state, adding that the church as a body would be compelled to take stringent measures against any member that failed to obtain a voters’ card to exercise his or her civic responsibility.
Also in his addlress, the Governor of Plateau state, Simon Bako Lalong begged the people to always verify any information at their disposal before taking it to the “market square”.
According to Lalong, “don’t go on using Facebook to backslide my government and don’t listen to voices of enemies who instigate crisis to tear the unity of the state”.
“All of us as God fearing children should use God given talents, time and treasures positively in proclaiming, educating and telling the truth not just to the authority but their congregation”.
He said without prejudice to giant strides being made in the development of the state, we have been witnessing pockets of crises between herdsmen and farmers .
Lalong told CAN that there are challenges of understanding the issues of grazing reserves and ranching but for the sake of posterity, clarification of the current position and intentions of the government on this matter, adding grazing reserves are simply tracts of land acquired, developed and reserved or set aside for farmers or nomads to use in grazing their livestock or domesticated animals, while ranch or livestock production center is a plot or piece of land dedicated to raising any livestock within a large area and or even at a backyard.
The Governor lamented that the propaganda by some people who have chosen to politicize this issue, this government has never initiated the establishment or creation of grazing reserves .
According to him, the inherited April 2009 gazette 2009 made by the former Governor Jonah David Jang which recognized and established grazing reserves in Plateau state and as well approved budgetary allocations to effect the development is being peddled to blackmail him.
Lalong added that his administration didn’t embrace the concept of grazing reserves as solution to abating the series of clashes, in view of the fact that in this 21st century and modern times, they are outdated, unacceptable and are a recurrent recipe for crises as we have been witnessing .
“We presented our score card in the light of gains and success such as engendering peace, hope and harmony amongst the citizenry, imitating and executing new projects across the three geo political zones of the state”, he explained.
He noted that the challenges inherited, spirit of continuity in governance with respect to completing some abandoned projects is worrisome our concern now is to see complete work in the spirit of developing the state.
On his part, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama commended governor Lalong and CAN for organizing the prayer session, saying the event has helped the Governor in clearing the air on fundamental issues disturbing the minds of the people.
He then prayed to God to heal Plateau land and comfort those who lost their loved ones in the recent attacks in the state.