By Chuks Okocha
The people of Southern Taraba Senatorial District of Taraba State residing in Abuja have condemned the religious crisis that rocked the Ibi Local Government on November 18, stating that it is alien to them.
Rather, they said that the crisis is part of 2015 game-plan of those described as agents of destruction to cause mayhem in the area.
The Taraba Southern Senatorial District was engulfed by religious crisis that saw over 10 people dead with property worth hundreds of millions of naira destroyed .
In a statement signed by the chairman of the Southern Taraba Senatorial District, Seth Philip Ikaa, the people said they have been co-existing in peace and harmony over the years, irrespective of tribe and religion, wondering how and when religious acrimony set into their midst.
“While the people from this part of the State are struggling to improve their living condition, tragedy struck when they woke up on Sunday, November 18 to be confronted with a phenomenon in the name of religious crisis which is completely alien to the peaceful people of the area.
“Our brothers and sisters lost their lives in that crisis, while houses, shops and places of worship were destroyed. We therefore condemn, in the strongest terms, the religious crisis in Ibi and urge our brothers and sisters in the area to rekindle their love for one another and resist any and every external influence that tends to divide them.
“Religion is a personal matter between an individual and his/her Creator and should not be used to kill one another or burn sacred places of worship or destroy property.
“We therefore call on our political, religious and traditional leaders to educate and caution their followers to be mindful of mischief makers who will use religion to incite one another and cause violence among them,” Ikaa said.