In a heartfelt address, Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha, a respected figure in the Berom community, has extended his congratulations to the Berom people on the occasion of the 2023 Nzem Berom celebration. The revered clergyman used the opportunity to call for unity, peace, progress, and growth in the region.
The Nzem Berom festival, a significant feast that unites the Berom community, is marking the 2023 edition with a lineup of various activities from the 5th to 13th of May 2023 with the grand festival expected to take center stage on Friday 12th May at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium.
Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha has expressed gratitude to God for bringing the Berom people together and emphasized the importance of maintaining a sense of oneness. Also warmly welcoming the traditional rulers, paying tribute to their historical lineage and especially acknowledging Da. Jacob Gyang Buba, who currently occupies the esteemed position of the Chairman of Plateau State Traditional Council. The revered clergyman prayed for the continuous blessings of God and their ancestors upon the royal majesty throughout his reign.
Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha also expressed his appreciation to the village ward heads, referring to them as venerable and amiable elders of the Berom Land. He commended their commitment to the community and extended his well wishes for their well-being.
However, amidst the celebration, Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha raised concerns about the disintegration of the unifying adage “WUROM ASE WUROM” in the Berom Land. The clergyman, who conducted extensive research on the subject, discovered a growing sense of disunity fueled by political interests.
Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha noted that the just-concluded elections exposed a division within the Berom community. Certain stakeholders aligned themselves with political parties, resorting to propaganda and promoting discord instead of focusing on the progress and growth of the Berom Land. This division, according to the clergyman, neglected the heroic virtues of the late Micheal Botmang and undermined the unity and harmony of the community.
Addressing the royal majesty, traditional rulers, venerable elders, and village ward heads, Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha emphasized the urgent need to set aside political interests and work towards the betterment of the Berom Land. He called for support and unity irrespective of cultural or political affiliations, stating that the Berom Land’s welfare should always supersede individual political opinions.
The clergyman urged the community to prioritize the peace and prosperity of Plateau State, as it directly contributes to the overall development of the Berom Land. He stressed the importance of combating political misinformation and managing the adage “WUROM ASE WUROM” carefully.
Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha celebrated recent progress in the Berom Land, specifically the elevation of Za’ang to a district level. However, he expressed concern that some individuals intentionally overlooked this historic event, further highlighting the need for unity and inclusivity.
In his closing remarks, Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha called upon the respected figure of the Berom Land, Sen. David Jonah Jang, to set aside egoistic and divisive politics that hinder the community’s unity. He urged an end to interdenominational conflicts and the divisive notion of religious superiority, emphasizing that peace and unity are paramount for attracting investments and fostering job opportunities.
Rev. Fr. Clement Mancha concluded by urging the Berom community to apologize for past wrongs, unite under the principles of justice, integrity, peace, and love, and work towards a new Berom Land where progress and unity thrive.