The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba State Chapter, on Monday said it would intervene in the resolution of the ongoing Tiv and Jukun crisis in the state, Concise News reports.
CAN was reacting to the recent incident which led to the death of three Benue students and a staff of the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba.
Dr Isaiah Jirapye, the newly-elected CAN Chairman in the state told NAN that they have pledged to initiate a dialogue that would lead to the amicable resolution of all forms of crisis in the state.
Jirapye said the warring factions must embrace dialogue for a genuine end to the lingering crisis.
He said, “I will prioritise a dialogue that will lead to a permanent solution to the ongoing Tiv/Jukun and other forms of crisis in the state.
“Since my election on Saturday, I have been making necessary contacts for an immediate dialogue to ensure an end to the hostilities among Taraba residents across religious and ethnic lines.”
Jirapye said that CAN, under his leadership, would also pursue unity among Christians and Muslims to pave way for development of the state.
According to the religious leader, the association will also put in place policies to enhance youths empowerment so as to discourage them from being used to cause mayhem.
Jirapye said CAN would collaborate with Muslim council to also conduct sensitisation of residents on issues of unity and development.
He also said the association would ensure a robust relationship with the government in order to offer advice where necessary for a better society.