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NSCEA Commends Christian Community in Plateau State

NSCEA Commends Christian Community in Plateau State

NSCEA Commends Christian Community in Plateau State

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Funmilayo Adesanya–Davies

Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs (NSCEA) has commended the Christian community in Plateau state, Nigeria for their struggles and strides following the report signed by Gyang Bere, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, on 8th January 2024.


The Christian community in Plateau State on Monday 8th January came together for a solemn peace walk to Plateau State Government House, Little Rayfield Jos, to commemorate the tragic loss of hundreds of lives during the Christmas Eve attacks in Bokkos, Mangu, and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas.

Haven bee led by Rev. Dr. Stephen Baba Panya, President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), and in collaboration with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the community presented their “10-point demand for peace” to Governor Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang.

Highlighting the 22 years of unchecked violence resulting in thousands of deaths without proper prosecution, Rev. Panya called for urgent intervention, including the provision of emergency relief to the victims.

He acknowledged President Tinubu’s directive to relevant federal agencies for assistance and commended Governor Mutfwang’s efforts in condemning the attacks and providing aid to displaced survivors. He unequivocally demanded an end to the ongoing attacks and killings, seeking immediate justice for the affected communities.

Rev. Panya urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to officially designate the armed terrorist militias behind the killings as terrorists. He called for enhanced security measures for the 15,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bokkos and the reconstruction of destroyed communities.

Governor Mutfwang, while receiving the Christian community’s position, expressed gratitude for the support and assured prompt delivery of the petition to President Tinubu. He acknowledged Tinubu’s commitment to ending the cycle of violence and emphasized the determination to secure the land, promising that the bloodshed would not be in vain.

Prominent church leaders, including CAN Chairman Plateau State, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, Catholic Archbishop of Jos, His Grace Mathew Ishaya Audu,
Methodist Bishop, Her Lordship, Nkechi Nwosu, COCIN President represented by Rev. Prof. Pokol, PFN Chairman, Rev. Dunka Gomwalk, OAIC- Apostle M. Ewurum, Rev. Stephen Dangana and Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam joined the peace walk, demonstrating unity and collective concern for the plight of the affected communities.

National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) commiserates with the government and people of Plateau state over the unprovoked and unwarranted murder of over 200 Christians in Bokkos, Mangu, and Barkin Lardi LGAs. The Islamist jihadists, like Hamas, chose a period of religious festivity to inflict pain and destruction on the people of God. The attacks on Christmas Eve against Christians in Plateau state are indications of malevolent hatred against adherents of the Christian faith in Nigeria.

“This genocidal attack is a painful reminder of the dark and sorrowful days of the Buhari administration and a cause for concern that the Tinubu Administration could be making good its words. On 15th October 2022, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at a public event in Kaduna said, “I promise to continue from where Buhari stopped.” The Nation Newspaper reported on 6th February 2023 that in similar manner, former president Buhari told a campaign crowd in Katsina that “Tinubu will continue from where we stopped.” Since we know where the former president stopped, should there not be concern that another wave of genocidal attacks has commenced in Nigeria under the watch of Buhari’s successor, President Bola Tinubu? Dr S. D. Gani, CON Chairman, NCEF, and Secretary General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs, (NSCEA) Bishop Prof Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies ask.

We at NSCEA and NCEF urge the President Tinubu’s administration to ensure compliance with constitutional provisions that affirm the secularity of the Nigerian state as well as freedom of religious conviction of the citizens. No government can succeed in an environment of chaos and discord.

In addition, the President should appoint a Special Investigator to lead a Commission of Inquiry into the causes, as well as expose the sponsors, of the religious insurgency that overwhelmed Nigeria from 2009. Just as the President attached importance to investigating CBN, investigating the atrocities of the religious insurgents should be accorded greater attention.

We also use this medium to restate its call that Nigeria requires a new Constitution. One of the best decisions this administration can take for Nigeria is to initiate the process of giving the country a new Constitution. This can easily be done with the report of the 2014 National Conference as the template. Nigeria requires a new Constitution.

We pray that as the country enters a new year, government shall be more determined to solve the problem posed over the years by insurgents. It is evident that these religious irredentists do not have the interest of Nigeria at heart.

We appreciate the
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Gyang Bere for his report on 8th January 2024 following the 25th. December genocidal incidence.

God bless Nigeria.

Bishop Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies
Secretary General,
Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs (NSCEA)


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