Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 May 2013

Nigeria: Jang, Tallen - No Grievance Is Worth Human Life

Jos — Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State and his former deputy, Dame Pauline Tallen, speaking separately at a seminar in Jos yesterday, asked people of the state to embrace peace and never do anything that could end the life of anybody, as no grievance can justify killing.

"We must work to keep the peace and to save life and never do anything that could cost the life of anybody; we must never take life for any reason," Jang said.

The governor, who spoke through the state Commissioner of Information and Communication, Abraham Yiljap at a May Day seminar organised by the Plateau State Council of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) at the NTA Television College, urged workers across the state to consider employers, including the government, not as enemies but as partners in the peace process and in the development of the state.

On her part, Jang's former deputy, Pauline Tallen said nobody has the right to take anyone's life.

"The love of neighbour is the love of God, so all who love God must love their neighbours and strive to live with other people in peace," she added.

Stressing that she comes from a family of Christians and Muslims, Tallen said it is not only possible but easy to have peace despite differences in religion, citing the example of an elder statesman, Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, who is a Muslim living with a Christian wife.

Ambassador Kwande who was also at the seminar said he has lived with his wife for 44 years because of tolerance in the face of religious differences and urged the people of Plateau to imbibe the virtue of tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence.

Chairman of the Plateau State council of RATTAWU, Comrade Izang Francis Atsen, urged all Plateau people to work for peace as no socio-economic development can be achieved without peace.

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