The family of late Rev. Fr. David Tanko on Saturday sued for peace among the Jukun and the Tiv ethnic groups in Taraba State.
Mr. Simon Tanko and Rose Tanko, both younger siblings of the slain priest in an interview with our correspondent described his death as a painful loss to the family.
“We loved Father Tanko and he was everything to us. As an elder brother, he was like a father and mother to us. We lost all our parents, but Tanko filled the vacuum for us.
“We accept his death as an act of God. There is nothing we can do. He died in pursuance of peace and we pray that his death will bring peace in Taraba.
“God says we should touch not his anointed, so we have left his death with the Lord to serve judgement on his killers,” Rose submitted.
On his part, Mr. Simon Tanko, the immediate younger brother of Fr. Tanko called for an investigation to unravel those behind his murder.
While commending the concern shown by the Federal Government over the murder of Fr. Tanko, Simon called on security agencies to ensure that his killers are brought to justice.
“Before his death, we discussed with him over the security situation in the area and we advise him to leave the place for a while but he refused to leave.
“We called soldiers in Takum who came and moved him to Takum, we never knew he was coming from Takum to celebrate mass occasionally until his death.
“We have lost a peacemaker, but we are consoled with the fact that Fr. Tanko knew where he was going and we are sure he is resting with the Lord,” Simon said.