As part of the effort to restore peace and ensure harmonious coexistence between the two sister states of Cross River and Ebonyi States, and supporting the peace building direction of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, the Catholic Dioceses of Ogoja and Abakaliki have decided to Wade into the matter.
The peace building meeting which is currently ongoing at Pastoral Center, Mile 50, Abakaliki, involving about 200 members of the warring communities from both states, 30 Priests from both Ogoja and Abakaliki Dioceses, including the immediate past Special Adviser to governor Ayade on Religious matters, Rev. Fr. Bob Ettah, is aimed at lubricating on governor Ayade’s effort to bring about lasting peace amongst the people of the two sister states.
In attendance at the ongoing meeting also is Hon. Mike Etaba, representing Obubra/Etung at the House of Representatives, Parmement Secretary and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) from Cross River State.
The ongoing effort seeks to bring a lasting peace amongst the warring communities from both sides and ensure harmonious coexistence among the communities directly involved in the crises in particular and the people of the two states in general.
Until 1973, both Dioceses of Ogoja and Abakaliki used to be under one Dioceses with headquarters in Ogoja.
Besides, under the Provincial system during the colonial era and early days of our nationhood, Abakaliki and it’s environs used to be under the former Ogoja Province, indicating that the people of the two sister states have been brothers and lived together right pre-colonial , colonial to when we gained nationhood.
Thanks to the effort of the Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade and his able deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, whose unyielding commitment to seeing peace restored among the people of the two sister states has culminated in the wading into the matter by the two Catholic Dioceses of Ogoja and Abakaliki.