From Godwin Agia, Jalingo
A Youth group, Youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Taraba Northern Zone has passed the vote of confidence on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Taraba State.
People’s daily reported that, a group concerned Mumuye Youths in collaboration with the Mumuye Youth Cultural Development Association had last week in a press conference, passed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Taraba.
In a statement by the YOWICAN chairman, Taraba State, Hon. Zephania Yabung , on Sunday indicate that the group has total trust and confidence in the leadership of CAN Taraba, and called on their parent body to forgive the Mumuye youths for they do not know what they are doing.
“want the world to know that the Youth Wing of CAN Taraba State Chapter has total trust and confidence in the leadership of CAN Taraba, and we call on our parent body to forgive the Mumuye youths for they do not know what they are doing.
“In as much as CAN will not want to join issues with politically sponsored groups in order not to overheat the polity and widen gaps of division along ethnic and religious lines in our dear state, we the youth wing would like to clear the air and set the records straight. That CAN is doing her best to ensure peace is maintain among the people.
“The Mumuye Cultural Development Association as the body has both Christian and Muslim members and coming out to speak in the manner the group did is an indication that the Muslim members of the Mumuye Youth whom the withdrawal of CAN support to Hon. Jabayang favors do not matter. This is divisive and contrary to the teachings of Christ who preaches peace and love for one another irrespective of tribe or belief system.
“When CAN openly endorse Hon. Innocent Umar Jabayang after due consultations, where were the Mumuye Youths who are speaking today? The decision to withdraw the support was not just a CAN decision, but the candidate in question was in the know of the events leading to the withdrawal of the support. CAN will always protect the interest of Christians and the support for Hon. Sadiq Abbas Tafida of the PDP is still in the interest of Christians in the long run.
“The Jalingo/Yorro/Zing Federal Constituency is not only made up of Mumuye people. We want to call on the Mumuye Youth to be conscious of the fact that playing tribal and religious politics at this critical time, will be a dangerous precedence that will be difficult to curtail in the days ahead. We expect the Youth Wing of the Mumuye Cultural Development Association to look beyond this bye-election and play politics that will be beneficial to all in the constituency.”