By Emma Amaize
WARRI—IJAW Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, Warri, Delta State, has sympathised with the families of Itsekiri natives, who lost their beloved ones in the reprehensible July 2 invasion of their communities in Warri North Local Government Area of the state by some armed Ijaw youths.
This came on a day a leader of Egbema Kingdom in the area, Chief Ladina Yebu, commended Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for visiting the various Itsekiri communities where some lives were lost during the attack by the Ijaw youths.
National President of IPDI, Mr. Austin Ozobo, in a statement, in Warri, said: “Ijaw and Itsekiri are inter-married; it is good we harmonise our differences without resort to war, it is our prayer that war does not break out between Ijaw and Itsekiri again.
‘’We urge both parties to sheath their swords and employ dialogue to settle their differences. We want a transparent settlement, let the governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, avoid bias over the harmonisation process of both parties. Let us forget about the issues of minority or majority in managing the crisis.
‘’If we are talking about majority, the Ijaws would not have produced the President of this country, if we are also talking about majority, the Itsekiri would not have produced the governor of Delta State.
‘’What we want is something feasible to be done to bring lasting peace to Warri and its environs. Our candid opinion is that Governor Uduaghan should adopt rotational arrangement of the Warri North chair, State Assembly and Commissionership positions among the Ijaw and Itsekiri in the area.”