ByÂ Daniel Gumm
KOKOâ€”A SIGNIFICANT breakthrough on ethnic confrontation was achieved last week Wednesday, when the Chairman of Warri North local government, Dr. Godwin Ebosa, successfully brokered peace accord between Itsekiri people of Obonteghareda and Ijaw of Ogbonbiri communities.
Until last week Wednesday, there had been no love lost relationship between Itsekiri and Ijaw communities on the wake of the unfortunate Warri crisis about a decade ago, which displaced the Itsekiri from their homeland.
Though the crisis ended few years ago, several moves to reconcile the Ogbonbiri Ijaw and Obonteghareda Itsekiri proved abortive.
Against the backdrop of this unhealthy discord, the council chairman, Dr. Ebosa on assumption of office waded into the issue as a matter of priority on his peace agenda. Taking the bull by the horns, he initiated a fresh reconciliatory move by engaging leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri people on the importance of burying the hatchet and allow peaceful co-existence to prevail.
The peace meeting held last Wednesday at the local government secretariat, Koko, was a climax of several engagements of peace talks which came on the heels of a letter of invitation sent to leaders of the feuding parties by Dr. Ebosa.
Addressing both parties, Dr. Ebosa stressed the importance of harmonious relationship between the two parties, recalling that before the needless Warri crisis broke out, the ijaw and Itsekiri were living as brothers and sisters and â€œindeed as one people.â€