Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Communal crisis: Hon. Mike Etaba urges C/River communities to embrace peace

Residents of Onyadama community in Obubra local government and Inyima community in Yakurr local government areas have been enjoined to embrace peace and unity in settling their communal disputes rather than resorting to war.

Hon. Mike Etaba, a member representing Etung/Obubra federal constituency in the House of Representatives (PDP) made the call in a chat with newsmen. 

It would be recalled that some persons were allegedly killed while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the communal crisis that occurred on Friday April 6.

Etaba said that the recent communal crisis between both communities which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties was condemnable.

He advised both communities to find an alternative peaceful way of settling their conflicts in other to promote peace co-existence among themselves.

According to him, no meaningful development can take place in a crisis prone area, hence a need for the people to shun all forms of violence and embrace peace.

``It is very unfortunate that we are having all this crisis at this period of time where everyone is looking for ways to feed their families.

``What has happened is a devil's work. As Crossriverians and Nigerians at large, we should not be seen in bloody clashes against ourselves on a subsequent basis.

``We just celebrated Easter which signifies Christ's death and resurrection. I am calling on both communities to embrace peace and shun violence.

``I wish to sympathise with the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of the clash. Most importantly is the fact that we must all give peace a chance.

``I spoke with the state governor shortly after the clash and I am happy that there is maximum security in both communities now with a view to maintain peace and order'', he said.

Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the state Commissioner of Police, said that adequate security personnel have been deployed to the area to maintain peace and order.