Dr Isaiah Jirapye, the newly elected Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba Chapter on Monday pledged to prioritise dialogue that would lead to amicable resolution of the ongoing Tiv/Jukun and other forms of crisis in the state.
Jirapye, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Jalingo, said the warring factions must embrace dialogue for a genuine end to the lingering crisis.
The chairman who was elected on Saturday by the christian community in Taraba noted that he had already started making necessary contacts for a frank conversation to bring about lasting solution.
“I will prioritize a dialogue that will lead to a permanent solution to the ongoing Tiv/Jukun and other forms of crisis in the state.
“Since my election on Saturday, I have been making necessary contacts for an immediate dialogue that would ensure an end to the hostilities among Taraba residents across religious and ethnic lines,” he said.
Jirapye CAN under his leadership would also pursue unity among christians and muslims to pave way for development of the state for the benefit of all.
According to him, the association would also put in place deliberate policies to enhance youths empowerment so a to discourage them from been used as thugs by politicians.
Jirapye said CAN would henceforth, in collaboration with muslim council be frequently organizing sensitization seminars on issues of unity and development.
He also said the association would ensure a robust relationship with the government in order to offer advice where necessary for a better society.
The Tiv/Jukun crisis which started April 1 in Kente village of Wukari Local Government has spread to other council areas within the southern zone of the state.