26th September, 2011
Monsignor Cletus Gotan, Parish Priest, Church of Immaculate Conception, Zaramaganda, Jos, has advised Christians to shun provocative acts that could cause more violence in Plateau.
Gotan, who gave the advice at Sundayâ€™s Mass, told the congregation that the will of God was for Christians to live peacefully with their neighbours irrespective of their religious belief.
â€œNo matter how difficult it may be, try to avoid anything that would ignite another crisis. It is important to abide by the will of God, our creator,â€ he said.
The cleric stated that the only way out of the present predicament in the state â€œis dialogue and not physical confrontation which had claimed lives and property.â€
â€œThere are civilised ways of handling difficult situations without shedding blood,â€ he added.
Gotan further asked residents to stop spreading rumours, which according to him, serve no good.
â€œThe past Sunday, there were rumours everywhere that a bomb was planted in churches, but nothing of sort took place,â€ he said.
He, however, urged Christians to be vigilant and volunteer necessary information that would assist the security agents to maintain peace.