Traditional Ruler Raises Alarm over Torture of Children on Alleged Witchcraft
The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman, Plateau State Traditional Council, Da Jacob Gyang Buba has called on the Church to rise up to check a growing trend where children in some villages are subjected to all forms of torture by some men of God in the name of making to proof their innocence or involvement in witchcraft practices.
Da Gyang Buba who was a Guest at the 90th Council meeting of COCIN drew the attention of the Church to what he described as a trend in some villages in the across the state as according to him, people including children are made to pass through certain acts of inhuman treatment because of they are being accused of witchcraft.
He said “We are not denying the work of Satan; we call on the leadership of the Church to critically look into it and proffer a lasting solution because these practices going on in the villages are not doing us any good”.
Speaking on the fears and apprehension that has greeted the issue of grazing reserves, the traditional ruler posited that no action can be taken without regards to due process hence he allayed the fears of the people and encouraged the people to go back to farming as according to him, the farming population is decreasing by the day leaving the communities with fallow land thereby attracting the attention of herdsmen who are in search of grazing land.
“We must occupy our land not to make them fallow so that someone cannot take it away from us. We must encourage our people to take to farming”,
The Gbong Gwom who spoke extensively on the issue of grazing reserves urged the Church to critically consider some of these national issues to enable them to properly advise the government on the way out.
On the creation of Districts and Chiefdoms in Plateau State, the Gbong Gwom said much is needed to be done in addressing the concerns off the people and advised the Government to create a forum where the traditional council, the Church and the Government can discuss some of the burning issues and solicited for prayers from the Church towards the development of the State and nation in general.