The northeast vice chairman chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Innocent Solomon has commended the Taraba state government for setting up two commissions of inquiry to look into the root causes of the perennial clashes bedeviling some parts of the state with a view to finding a lasting solution to the lingering communal problems.
Rev. Innocent who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Innocent Solomon Foundation for World Peace said the move by the Darius-led administration is a demonstration of his administrations commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the state.
Rev. Solomon in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Eunice Gabriel said the idea of setting up the committees is timely and a step in the right direction that he believes will curtail the incessant clashes between communities in the state.
He said the clashes has negative effect on the socio-economic development of the state and therefore should be nib in the bud before it gets out of hand.
“These positive steps are not only in the right direction towards finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis that have bedeviled and negatively impacted the development and progress of the state but critical to promoting deliberate democracy through evidence based policy- making and more participatory politics, thereby enhancing civic self- governance.
“According to him there is no better way of addressing these perennial and intractable crisis that has caused so much harm and damage to the socioeconomic and political development of the state with attendant irreparable loss of lives and property than this well informed decision of government that is hoped to unearth the causes both remote and immediate and recommend the way forward, ” the statement reads.
He described as regrettable the manner in which communities resort to violence at the slightest provocation instead of exploring dialogue and peace for the common good.
He however advise government on the need to implement findings and recommendations of these inquiries not only to justify the huge resources expended on such processes but to ensure that the restoration of peace and normalcy in the affected areas and communities is permanently secured and guaranteed based on new findings and ideas that will be generated by these commissions.
He commended the choice of high profile personalities whose experience and tract record of service to the state and the nation is not in doubt and expressed his believe and confidence that they will do a thorough job, stick to their terms of reference, be truthful, just and fair and work in the best interest of peace, progress and development of the state and the nation.
The clergy also called on Tarabans particularly those directly affected to collectively work for peace and peaceful coexistence as there is no any other better way of achieving our aspirations as a people except in the atmosphere of peace and harmony. Bringing to bear the importance of commissions in providing flexible means of looking into wide range of situations and as part of the governmental process that provide a unique channel through which interested parties can directly participate in policy-making, he urged for maximum cooperation in order for government to achieve the desired objective.
The two commissioner are set up to look into the Jole/ Shomo conflict in Lau Local Government Area and the Tiv and Neighboring communities conflict in Southern Taraba state.