The Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams has appealed to warring Nko and Oyadama Communities to shield their swords and embrace peace.
Williams who made the appeal in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Hope Obeten call on the peaceful co-existence of both communities, he lamented that the communal conflicts are becoming incessant.
According to him, “We are all one people with a common heritage. Our ancestors lived together for hundreds of years without any war amongst them. We have also lived together peacefully without any acrimony until this re-occurring misunderstandings.
Williams who said most of the conflicts are centered around ownership of land, pointed out, “We know that land belongs to God. We all met the land and will all die someday leaving land behind. The fights and war amongst us is simply needless and worthless. Anyone can initiate a war by inciting others but no one can tell how a war will end or who will be the casualties. Peace is always better than war.
“I have have reached out to Security Agencies, Traditional Rulers, LGA Chairmen, political and religious leaders and other leaders of influence in Yakurr and Obubra to restore and maintain peace.
“We must rise to the occasion and put a stop to all these challenges, arising from the behavior of a few elements on all sides. Let us reason together and avert this needless bloodshed.”
The lawmaker assured that he will also liaise with other stakeholders to organize a peace and security engagements involving the two local government areas to find a lasting solution to these disputes.