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Easter: Please Forgive Me If I Have Offended You In Anyway – Gov. Ishaku Urges Tarabans

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Sunday urged Christians in the state to emulate Jesus Christ’s exemplary life of humility and compassion demonstrated through his death and resurrection.

The Governor made the call in his Easter message signed and made available to SAHEL REPORTERS by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu.

He said Easter which was marked throughout the universe on the 9th of April 2023, comes with a big lesson about sacrifice and forgiveness.

According to him, “There can only be peace among our people and communities if we all resolve to forgive one another and make concessions on issues that tend to generate and promote conflicts and crises among them,”

The Governor expressed happiness that his mantra of “Give Me Peace and I will Give You Development” has found firm roots in the minds of all Tarabans and urged the people to let the spirit of peace, love, and forgiveness guide their attitudes, actions, and relations with their fellow people.

However, Governor Darius Ishaku had during a Special Easter Thanksgiving Service at the Anglican Church Mayo Dasa in Jalingo, the state capital kneeled before the congregation and sought for forgiveness from all the people of the state on areas he might have offended them during his regime that is about to elapse.

“As a leader who had led the state for almost eight years, it was likely that I might have offended so many people either knowingly or unknowingly in the course of discharging my duty as the Executive Governor, so, it is Biblical for me to openly apologize and seek for forgiveness from such people.

“Biblically, we are taught to forgive those who offend us. In this case, I am asking those I have offended to forgive me. I did this in the House of God and if they did not forgive me, it is between them and God. For me, I have done my duty by asking for forgiveness from everyone I have offended,” Ishaku added.

He, however, appreciated God for sustaining him with courage and wisdom to serve the people of the State effectively despite all the challenges that confronted his administration and urged them to give his successor, Lt. Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) the maximum support and cooperation to enable him to succeed.

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Bauchi Young Leaders Network Trains 20 Youth On Promoting Freedom Of Religion, Belief In Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau

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The Young Leaders Network YLN also known as the Initiative for Leadership Development and Youth Empowerment has concluded a two-day training for 20 veteran peace actors that will support the youth religious networks previously trained by Search for Common Ground in collaboration with Young Leaders Network.

The training was aimed to champion advocacy actions that promote Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) in Bauchi, Gombe, and Plateau states under the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement Project.

The workshop which held at the Ignite Hub in Bauchi from May 28-29, 2024, also established the Youth Religious Network Advisory Body to promote FoRB in Bauchi State. This aligns with Search’s Youth-360 approach, which will help the Youth Advisory Network Group develop a well-designed action plan for subsequent activities.

The workshop focused on developing an advocacy strategy for the youth, introducing the Youth-CARE project to the Youth Religious Network Advisory Body, and setting realistic timelines for mentorship sessions with the youth religious network.

Mr. Moses Danjuma Kusko, Programme Manager for Governance and Youth Engagement, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the newly inaugurated Youth Religious Network Advisory Body and the Bauchi Youth Religious Advocacy Network to achieve the project’s objectives.

Khalid Ibrahim Angale, a member of BRYAN, expressed his appreciation for the timely training, which has equipped them to design implementable action plans to achieve the project’s objectives in Bauchi state.

The organization, with funding assistance from Search for Common Ground, is providing this intervention to promote religious understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, and to advance religious engagement in both peace and conflict situations.

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Bauchi YLN Organise 5-Day Youth Activist Training On Addressing Conflict Among Religious Divides

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The Young Leaders Network YLN Bauchi State has organized a 5-day youth activist training on the Common Ground Approach to Religious Engagement and Advocacy, aimed at empowering the Network with knowledge and skills on Common Ground Advocacy (CGA) for effective religious engagement.

The training was organized by Young Leaders Network in collaboration with Search for Common Ground under the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement Project was held at Hazibal Hotel and Suites from June 10-14, 2024.

The training brought together about 22 youths from the Bauchi State Youth Religious Advocacy Network to strengthen their capacity, promote Freedom of Religion or Beliefs and peaceful co-existence across different beliefs.

Moses Danjuma Kusko, Programme Manager for Governance and Youth Engagement tasked the youth religious actors to identify their target stakeholders, analyze their positions, assess their influence, and identify their target audience.

He emphasized the need for applying the techniques learned during the training to craft messaging that resonates with policymakers.

Speaking at the training session, one of the key peace actors Zainab Yusuf noted that the training exposed her to the Common Ground Approach, stakeholder mapping, listening skills, empathy, and conflict resolution.

On the other hand, Garba Surama Ahmed reveal that he gained insights into online hate speech, approaches to advocacy, and the importance of data-driven advocacy.

The training aimed to equip the Network with knowledge and tools to address and prevent conflict along religious divides in Bauchi state.

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Pilgrimage: TSCPWB Commences Screening, Taraba Govt Sponsors 163 To Israel 

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By Sani Yarima 

The screening process for the intending pilgrims to the Holy Land of Israel began on Wednesday, 5/6/2024 in Taraba State. 

Cecilia Ashu, the Executive Secretary of the Christian Pilgrimage Welfare Board, revealed this during an interview with the press in Jalingo. 

She mentioned that the screening exercise for the 2023/2024 Christian Easter Pilgrimage had been combined, as last year’s trip was canceled, and this year’s pilgrimage is scheduled to take place from November to December.

Ashu disclosed that, so far, the Board has screened over 130 out of the total 163 intending pilgrims, who are sponsored by the Taraba state government.

Ashu also reassured the intending pilgrims of their safety, noting that a delegation from Nigeria, including officials of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) and representatives from various states, is expected to return on Thursday, 6/6/2024, after a pre-visit to the promised land. 

She expressed gratitude to Governor Agbu Kefas for his commitment to transforming the state and offered prayers for his wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of governance.

Furthermore, the Executive Secretary encouraged those who have not undergone screening to do so and advised individuals who have previously been on the pilgrimage and have another opportunity, to give the chance to their loved ones, so that they too can visit the Holy Land. 

In conclusion, Cecilia Ashu prayed to God for a successful screening exercise, a safe journey to the promised land, and a safe return.

Meanwhile, four million, nine hundred thousand (4.9m) was paid per individual for the trip, totaling seven hundred and ninety-eight million, seven hundred thousand naira (N798,700,000).

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