Ebonyi/Cross River Crisis: Ijutum, Okpuitumo Communities Settle for Peace


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By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy

 

The people of Ijutum and Okpuitumo communities of Cross River and Ebonyi State on Friday 6th March, 2020 turned out en masse to receive Cross River/Ebonyi Youths Peace Development Movement (Peace Ambassadors) at Ijutum and Okpuitumo Community Primary Schools respectively.

At Ijutum, the people were visibly seen wearing a face of hope on the arrival of the Cross River/Ebonyi Youths Peace Development Movement, their firm belief in the youth’s peace advocacy was further demonstrated by introducing the team and members of the community.

Speaking, the Traditional Ruler of Ijutum community, HRH Sunday James Ovat thanked God for using the youths to bridge the regrettable gap the devil caused them to create between themselves.

He said, “Thank you Ibiniukpabi (God) for using these youths to bridge the shameful and most regrettable gap which the devil has caused us to create between ourselves – Ijutum and Okpuitumo Communities by fighting a useless war.”

Truly, the entire premises of Ijutum, the large canopy of the cashew tree; under which both the youths and the people of Ijutum were seated and the bats that were flying around were noticed to stand still in a sober mood while the National President was delivering his peace address and the content of the youths peace communiqué.

The Monarch, the community leaders, the youth leaders, the women leaders of Ijutum, Ofenakom and Idoru in their separate peace acceptance speeches promised to swallow the contents of the peace communiqué presented to them by the National President of the Movement, Barr Prince Paschal Nnaji Nwenyi with the supportive hands of the entire peace Ambassadors.

In a celebration of the hope brought to them, the Peace Ambassadors were lavishly entertained by the Ijutum people to the chagrin of everyone in attendance.

At Okpuitumo Primary School; where the people of Okpuitumo community gathered to receive the Youths Peace Movement, the crowd seen there was not less than the sum total of entire community.

Addressing the peace team Ambassadors, His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Nwangele, invoked the ancestral being of Izzi Nnodo Ekumenyi to come down from his abode and take charge of the gathering, pointing out that the youth peace movement would go a long way to reintegrate and heal wounds in the hearts of the two affected states.

The Royal father equally prayed God to keep using the Youths Peace Movement to champion for the unity of the people, as well, called God to forgive the communities of Cross River and Ebonyi State for having fought a blind war that was not in anyway beneficial to the two divides.

The National President of Cross River/Ebonyi Youths Peace Development Movement, Barr Prince Paschal Nnaji Nwenyi and his Vice, Comrade Lucky Okpechi, in their separate speeches recounted the good old days that was deprecated by the crises and pleaded with the community to accept the contents of the peace communiqué as the sure way of regaining all that have been lost as a result of the crises.

The Traditional Ruler, the Coordinator of Izzi DC – Hon. Ebere Nwogba, the Community leader, the Youths leader and the Women leader in their peace acceptance speeches said that they will jointly and severally work together to ensure that the items of the communiqué are respected to the letter.

They prayed fervently to God to keep everyone alive to testify to the positive outcome of the uncommon journey the Youths of Cross River and Ebonyi State embarked upon in order to salvage the future of the both community youths in the interest of posterity.

The highlight of the event was the voluntary acceptance by Mrs. Nkwegu Onyibe to join the Youths Peace Movement in going from place to place preaching peace, reconciliation and harmonious coexistence among the two states.


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