National Assembly man chaistises kinsmen over outbreak of communal conflicts in C’ River


Richard Ndoma|25 January 2017 A parliamentarian representing Obubra/Etung federal constituency at the lower chambers of National Assembly. Hon Mike Etaba has chaistised youths of his constituency over the incessant outbreak communal clashes which has brought violence in the area. Etaba who condemned the act while reacting to the violence which broke out in his constituency over the weekend between the Ogwurude and Ohenidah communities and  the Iyametet and Ababene people in his constituency and said that the spate of violence has  ravaged the peace and tranquility which once existed among the Obubra/ Etung people in cross River state. The law maker called for cessation of violence among the warring communities in the country stressing that what's baffles him is that often times the conflicts emanates as a result of  small portions of  land during farming seasons. The parliamentarian lamented how the crises have brought uneccessary blood shed and distruction of property that worth millions of naira. “over the weekend, there was conflict between the Ogwurude and Ohenidah communities and  the Iyametet and Ababene people were up in arms against each other  when the Ababene people went to clear a portion of land that is in dispute between them and these conflicts inflict destruction, both on  precious  lives and valuable property”. He charged the youths and community leaders to exercise restraint while resolving  misunderstanding with neighbouring communities without resorting to the use of arms.
“I use this medium and call on youths and community leaders of the various communities to learn to exercise restraint at the face of provocation and seek for peaceful resolution of any misunderstanding without taking up arms” The former businessman turned law maker said that it was due to constant outbreak of violence in the area that the State governor,Prof. Ben Ayade of Cross River State instituted a committee to look into the crisis and urged the warring communities to allow the committees to come up with resolutions that would lead to lasting peace among them.
“I also appeal to all aggrieved communities to sheathe their sword and await a peaceful resolution of any disagreement with their neighbours on any   issue  by the State Security Adviser and  the Committee setup by the state governor to look into the conflicts  with a view to resolving the conflicts”. Richard Ndoma