Friday, 16 March 2018

Cult clash: Ayade's aide mediate peace, urges youths to shun violence

 | 16 March 2018 | correspondent 

Mr Raja Erasmus, the Community Relations Officer for Boki II State Constituency, has visited the affected communities in Boki where three youths were killed over rival cult clashes. 

Erasmus, who led some security personnel to the area, visited Agba, Obubra, Okundi and Duala where he had an extensive meeting with the traditional leaders, youths and women groups.

The CRO, who charged the youths to rise above violence and taking of illicit drugs, informed the youths and elders of the communities visited that no meaningful development can take place in a crisis prone area.

He told the youths that cultism was capable of truncating their future, hence the need for them to surrender their arms to law enforcement agencies and be good ambassadors of their communities.

While in Agba community, Erasmus urges the traditional leaders to always rise up and condemn such illegal activities in its entirety.

According to him, it was painful that the cult clash that erupted in the affected communities claimed the lives of three young graduates. 

"At this point in time, our chiefs must rise up and speak. This is the time for us to cleanse our communities from all forms of violence. 

"We can't continue to keep quite and watch our youths die over illegal and unfruitful acts. 

"The cultists we talked about are members of these communities. Our traditional leaders should be courageous enough to fish them out to security agencies for arrest so that it will serve as a deterrent to others", he said.

He appealed to the youths to embrace peace and shun all forms of violence in other to promote peace in the area. 

Some of the elders and youth leaders who spoken during the peace advocacy, promised to discipline any youth found displaying any act of irresponsibility in the area. 

They thanked Erasmus for his desire in fostering peace in the area.