The Member representing Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Honourable Mike Etaba has urged Obubra warring communities to maintain peace and orderliness.
Etaba made this call while visiting the 3 communities, Ofonekom, Idoru and Ogurude on Friday, distributing monies worth hundreds of thousands and dozen wrappers to the women.
The three communities were invaded by the neighbouring Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in March, 2018 and scores were killed, including the razed down of properties worth millions of Naira. At Ofonekom, 8 persons (6 earlier) were killed, including a family and the onslaught of a 7 month old baby; Idoru, only 2 injured, while 6 were killed and 10 injured at Ogurude, all in Obubra Local Government Area.
Speaking during the visit, Hon. Etaba said, his essence of going through the affected communities was to access the damages caused by the war as earlier reported. Adding that he had directives from the State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade to touch all the various communities that were affected by the war.
“The essence of my visitation is to bring peace to the various communities as His Excellency had advised, because he is not a governor that believes in violence”.
Etaba said he noticed some unfriendly things during his tour. “I have noticed a lot of things that are not friendly, like that of a family where six persons died, and a situation where a baby of about 7 months old was beheaded. I couldn’t hold myself but to plead in my mind for God to forgive the perpetrators of this act. I also noticed other things like destruction of houses, yam bands which will in turn affect the cost of living of the people”.
Speaking on what the Governors and the representatives need to do to bringing lasting peace to the warring communities, Hon. Mike Etaba said, “For anything the Governors need to do, I think, it is the right time we put this boundary straight and let us have it once and for all.
“For us as the people representing them, we will continue to give them our maximum support to ensure that together in this administration, we will succeed as a people.
“The last time we met the Boundary Commission, myself and my colleague from Ebonyi, Honourable Sylvester Gbaga, they complained about funding, that, there are lack of funds to carry on these activities. What we are fighting for in the budget is to make sure funds are provided for them so that they would not have issues or complains of funds of moving to cite to start boundary demarcation and all that. And we have been able to do that.
“And by the special grace of God, if both Governors are working in a good manner the way we are seeing them working, I think together we will achieve lasting peace”, he said.
Mr. Raymond Okenjom, a community leader of one of the communities narrated the dreadful incident while the Chiefs and Youths, including women leaders from the 3 communities expressed their plight, saying, “We want lasting peace”. They later thanked Hon. Etaba for his kind gesture, adding that if every leader be like him, the world would be a better place.
At press time, the Nigerian Army, Police, Civil Defence were seen guarding the affected communities.