The Plateau State Church
Denominational Leaders and Spiritual Fathers have condemned in totality the resurgence of killings in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Council of the State.
Statement made available to this medium and was signed by Rev. (Dr.) Stephen Baba Panya, ECWA President,
Head of and For and on Behalf of Plateau State Church Denominational Leaders and Spiritual Fathers stated that they are very deeply saddened by the resurgence of mindless killings of innocent citizens, mainly Christians, in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
Rev. Dr. Panya also revealed that the killings which started in Mangu villages, Plateau state, Nigeria on Monday, 15th May 2023 by so-called unknown gunmen has claimed many lives and properties with many persons still missing. The villages affected include Fungzai, Hale, Kubwat, Bwoi and many other communities of Kombun District of Mangu Local Government Area and some communities in Riyom Local Government Area. According to reports, about 130 people were killed, about 1000 houses and about 22 churches burnt, and about 22 villages affected.
He said the Church Denominational Leaders and Spiritual fathers on the Plateau, view this round of killings and destruction as devilish, barbaric and an act of genocide against innocent and armless villagers. This again is another sad commentary on the unabated bloodletting that has engulfed Plateau State over the years without any meaningful attempt by Government at federal and state levels to decisively address the unfortunate situation. For how long will this bloodletting continue?
The persistent attacks and killings in Plateau state continue to raise a number of questions. Who really wants to destroy Plateau State and why? Are the killers really ‘unknown’ gunmen and why do they always have sophisticated weapons and enough time to wreak havoc on innocent citizens? What has happened to those arrested in previous attacks? Are the security agencies in Plateau really handicapped?
If we must move forward as a peaceful, united and democratic nation, then these and many other questions must be answered through deliberate action by government to bring these killings to the end and restore peace and tranquility in Plateau State and other troubled parts of the country. We the Church Leaders and Spiritual Fathers are calling on the government and all security agencies to immediately stop this ongoing massacre and its spread to more communities. We also urge relevant emergency management agencies to urgently provide shelter and relief materials to the affected communities and bring them the much-needed succor. We implore spirited individuals, groups, and organizations to also come to the aid of these devastated communities. We call on citizens to remain calm and peaceful in the face of this unwarranted persecution, and trust that government and its relevant agencies will immediately restore normalcy and build confidence of the people.
We commiserate with families that have lost their loved ones and pray for God’s comfort, and healing and restoration to all those injured. The church must not relent in praying to God for his divine intervention, inner strength and perseverance for the people of Plateau State. Let us hold on to God’s promises and fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-3).