By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”A commis sioner in Delta State Sports Commission, Mr. Ejiro Etoroma, has charged youths across the country, particularly those of the Niger Delta region to embrace peace and shun violence in their agitation for better development of their areas.
He also enjoined the militants to accept the amnesty thatÂ President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua granted them. Etoroma gave the charge while fielding questions from newsmen at Irri, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state during the presentation of staff of office to the Odio-Ologbo of Irri Kingdom, HRH Oviesa Eba Ojenuwe II by the state government last weekend.
He frowned at the feud between the men of the Military Joint Task force (JTF) and armed youths in the creeks of the state.He said it was unfortunate that the crisis in the creeks was allowed to degenerate to the extent the military had to step in and lives and property were destroyed, appealing to the Federal Government to call the men of the JTF to order.
Etoroma said there was no gain in the government fighting a war against its citizens, stressing that dialogue was the solution to the crisis that has bedeviled the region.
He said that all stakeholders should go to a round table to discuss and come out with concrete solutions that will put an end to the crisis and engender sustainable development of the oil rich region.
While also advising the militants to sheathe their swords, he told the Federal Government to stop further hostilities so that they could discuss under a peaceful atmosphere.
He said: â€œIt is very clear that without peace there will be no development and if the main focus of the youths as they have always made us to understand is that of development or lack of development then they should embrace peace so that development can come to the area in full.â€
Etoroma also encouraged the militants to embrace the governmentâ€™s amnesty so that peace could be restored fully to the region and expressed confidence in the amnesty.
He urged the militants to take advantage of the government amnesty to come to the main land instead of remaining in the creeks.On the presentation of staff of office to the Odio-Ologbo, he commended the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for recognizing and presenting a staff of office to the Odio-Ologbo of Irri kingdom.
While rejoicing with the monarch and the entire people of the kingdom on the recognition of the kingdom, he told the people to shun any form of violence that could truncate the existing peace in the area.