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Ojiegbe Oza village square was alive with celebration as the Ebonyi State Government’s delegation embarked on a mission to restore peace in villages affected by the 2011 crisis. The tour covered Ndiegu Isu, Ojiegbe Oza, Ndieji Izialime, and Atam Izekwe.Ebonyi: 6 Villages Banished In 2011 Crisis Reintegrated.
Dr. Donatus Chukwuma Ilang, the State Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, addressed the crowd on Friday at Ojiegbe Oza Village Square. He urged those who suffered property damage, lost homes, and loved ones to embrace forgiveness, accept peace, and offered prayers for divine replenishment.
Consequently, Mr. Ilang instructed the village leaders and members to facilitate the reintegration of their brethren, emphasizing that the government possesses records of the damaged properties. These records will serve as a foundational document for establishing enduring peace in the region.
In highlighting the urgency of resolving the crisis definitively, Ilang emphasized the release of properties, including lands belonging to those in exile, as a crucial step.
In his statement, Hon. Uchenna Igwe, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, called upon the people to uphold the culture and traditions of Izzi land. He specifically noted that Izzi people are characterized by hospitality rather than violence.
Uchenna Igwe also reminded them of the importance of living in peace and unity which he said will attract development to their villages, promising that his office will liaise with the Executive Chairman of Izzi Local Government Area to attract development to the area.
Also speaking, the Hon. Commissioner for Internal Security, Prince Etta Uka Ude enjoined the villagers to shun violence and see themselves as brothers to enable them to enjoy the goodies that will come from this administration especially now that their son is the Governor of the State.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Chairman of Izzi Local Government Area, Mr.Stephen Nwakpa declared that his administration has resolved many lingering disputes in the LGA and urged the people to embrace the peace being advocated by the present administration of governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru.
Lending his voice, the Town Union President of Ndiezechi Community, Chief Chidi Ogbonna, appreciating the Honourable Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution for his efforts so far in resolving the crisis in the state, described him as a peacemaker. He spoke of the importance of peace in the Communities of Ebonyi State, noting that development can only thrive in the atmosphere of peace.
Chief Chidi Ogbonna appreciated the Governor and the Government of Ebonyi State for resolving the long-time disputes that have been ravaging some villages in his Community, promising to monitor compliance with the peace resolution and report back to the Government.