Catholic Bishops in Benue and Taraba on Sunday converged on Kashimbila in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba to pray for God’s intervention over insecurity in parts of the country.
The prayer pilgrimage for reconciliation, peace and unity was held at the St. Edward De Confessor Catholic Parish, Kashimbila in Takum.
In attendance were the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Charles Hammawa; Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Adoboh and Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Most Rev. Williams Avenya who is also the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
The bishops unanimously told the gathering that the prayer pilgrimage was conceived out of genuine concern to look for ways of ensuring a peaceful coexistence among the creatures of God irrespective of their differences.
In his homily, Bishop Hammawa of Jalingo Diocese, condemned the insecurity in parts of the country, which he noted had resulted to the death of many and destruction of property.
According to Hamawa, crisis has never done anyone any good, but rather always promoted underdevelopment, hatred and suspicion.
He said that the crisis among the ethnic groups in Taraba had brought underdevelopment and the state would require time to catch up with other states in terms of development.
“Time has come for us to turn our sour relationship that has ravaged our society into friendship for peace and progress of our society.
“We must be ready to let go our pains and grievances as we cannot claim to be at peace with God when we are not at peace with our brothers and sisters,” he said.
The Cleric called on the Federal Government to hold town hall meetings across the country, especially in the troubled areas on the need for the people to live in peace with one another and stop the senseless killings.
He reminded politicians on the need to promote peace in their communities, saying, “those who promote violence and manipulate the law to cover up their deeds will not manipulate God on the judgment day’’.
The Sarkin Hausawa in Kashimbila, Alhaji Zakari Musa, and traditional ruler, Chief John Diokam, thanked the Bishops for the peace initiative, describing it as first of its kind in the country and urged the people to support the peace initiative.