by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for calm amidst violence as #ENDSARS protests continue. It has also condemned in totality the eruption of violence in some parts of Jos on the heels of the #ENDSARS protests.
The state CAN chairman, Very Revd Father Polycap Lubo, in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Jos condemned the perpetrators of violence at a time the state had gained much in peace building and communal cohesion.
He expressed belief in the inalienable right of citizens to protest but said it is not good for anyone to use violence to counter the rights of others.
He stressed that “Those involved can identify themselves and come forward for dialogue and understanding for a way forward.
He pleaded with the #ENDSARS protesters to step back, as the federal and plateau state governments have taken steps and begun the implementation of some of their demands.
The Plateau CAN chairman acknowledged that, while the issues raised by protesters are germane, they should work with government to find long-lasting solutions.
But he challenged the protesters to withdraw from the streets so as not to allow miscreants to hijack the protests.
Very Revd Father Lubo said all Nigerians need to cooperate and collaborate to reset the country to the path of progress and development where equity and justice reign.