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Chiefs praised for Ijaw, Nembe dispute resolution

31 December 2013, 13:22Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, hailed the role traditional chiefs played in fostering unity in the region.

“The first thing I will like to say is to appreciate you, your chiefs and indeed all the wonderful people of your kingdom for their show of maturity in handling some of the issues that have come between us as brothers. You are all aware of the long-standing unfortunate disagreement between our major Ijaw brothers here and those in the Nembe clan, which dispute as you know predates even the creation of Bayelsa State. It is an unfortunate chapter in our history as Ijaw people. But the important thing is when disputes, which are inevitable in the course of human interactions, take place, it is important that we have the right frame of mind and show understanding and maturity to move for an amicable settlement,” he said following a visit to Abonnema, the headquarters of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the Rivers State.

The visit was part of his efforts at promoting Ijaw national integration.

Speaking during a courtesy call on the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, the governor expressed gratitude to the people for their show of understanding and maturity in handling the Soku-Oluasiri dispute.  

He said in line with his administration's policy in ensuring peaceful co-existence among the Ijaws, the Bayelsa State would do everything within its reach to achieve amicable resolution of the dispute and emphasized the need for leaders in the region to close ranks and utilize the resources of Ijaw land to develop the region than cause disaffection among its kith and kin.

Responding, the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, expressed gratitude to the Governor for the visit, noting that it would go a long way in strengthening the bonds of unity between the inhabitants of Rivers and Bayelsa States.

Conflicts over land have intermittently strained relations between these communities.

– CAJ News


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