Niger Delta Activist Comrade Sheriff Mulade has advised the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to take it as a matter of urgent importance and relocate to Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh in order to settle the crisis rocking the two communities for the past years till date.
Comrade Mulade, a peace advocate and National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ made the call to the Delta State Governor while speaking to news men on the recent attacks by the warring communities of Aladja in Udu Local Government Area and Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri South-West Local Government Area both in Delta State, which according to him has claimed 11 lives and houses burnt down during the attacks.
He lamented that the Delta State Governor was not doing enough to broker peace among the warring communities which has lingered for too long now, urging the state government to move in and restore peace, law and order in both communities so as to foster peace and sustain the economic growth and revenue in Delta State.
The Warri based Niger Delta activist implored the Delta State Governor to “stop inviting Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh, stop setting up committees as well as inviting both warring parties to Asaba and to other security meetings which has not brought any fruitful peace to the crisis ridden cities since the coming of the present administration”.
He expressed disappointment over the way and manner the Government is handling the issue, and said, “will The Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa wait till a prominent Deltan or highly placed politicians lost his or her life before the government will intervene to end the crisis?
Is it because the deaths are not his relations? Must the people produce a governor to resolve their disputes? The greatest assets of any society are its citizens and we recently lost over 11 lives and our dynamic Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa could not make an emergency trip to sympathise with victims and people of both communities but was in neighboring city of Warri recently to celebrate event centre opening while citizens are dying.
Mulade further stressed that, through the visit of the Governor to the conflict zone, he will use the medium to warn both communities of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh to stop the ugly act or face the wrath of the State, saying that; “So many lives have been lost and too many blood bath flow for too long. We should stop killing ourselves”.