As part of the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade’s responsibility to restore total peace at the boundary between the Cross River State and his counterparts, Ebonyi State
The member representing Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency and Chairman House of Representatives Committee on “Legislative, Budget and Research”, Rt. Hon Mike Etaba has yesterday joined a delegation sent by the governor to go see things for themselves and see how they can proffer permanent solution to stop the lingering communal clashes that has continued to Rock the communities.
Speaking to journalists in Abakaliki, Etaba said a land where there is no peace will never see growth and development, hence the need to call for peace keeping so as to allow development have his way.
Stressing on the damages the continuous war has caused on his people, The lawmaker pleaded with both waring communities to as a matter of “unity and oneness” drop all their arms and embrace total peace.
“As a member representing Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency, I had before now met with my Honourable colleague from Ebonyi State, in the course of our meeting I discussed vividly and raised many reasons on why we must draw the attention of the Federal Government and the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to immediately address this worrisome situation before it gets out of control”.
“I want to inform us too that our Governor, Senator Ben Ayade is doing anything possible to ensure that there is total return of peace to all the waring communities in Cross River state, and the communities I represent is also captured in His Excellency’s list”, Etaba stated.
The peace building meeting which was held at the Pastoral Center, Mile 50, Abakaliki, involves 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 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 meeting was aim to seeks 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.
Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba Media Team