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Don urges farmers, herdsmen to sheathe their swords



Chairperson of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos Branch, Dr. Christopher Piwuna, has advocated that after almost 20years of killings, maiming, disruption of human lives, arson, suspicion among neighbors, heightening of religious and ethnic tensions, it is time for them as a people to reflect and sheathe their swords. Piwuna said that it is time to reason, dialogue and time to be brave and sit around the table to talk. He spoke yesterday at a function in Jos while addressing farmers and herdsmen.

According to him, “Our religious leaders tell us that we are a people created in God’s image and enjoin us to be peaceful but our ethnic groupings urge us to fight on. Our rivers are red with blood, our children fear to go to school because they could be abducted, Enough is Enough! Resorting to self-help by “defending” ourselves will not solve the problem.”

“ASUU proposes a new strategy. We believe the solution to our security challenges may be within our communities. Youth must stretch hands of friendship and form a force against violence. We propose peace through fairness, justice and truth. By adverting to the dignity of this high calling, our forefathers build communities, made honourable conquest, not by destroying, but by promoting the wealth, the number and happiness of human race. The violence in Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi between herdsmen and farmers should cease forthwith and Nigerian communities extend to each other the hand of peace to forestall further bloodshed.”

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