By Godwin Oghre
The Urhobo nation has advised Ijaw militants who issued a threat of war with Kokori community last week to withdraw the threat and sheathe their swords in the interest of peace. Speaking through its umbrella body, Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, they said that any war between Urhobo and the Ijaw, should Ijaw militants take war to Kokori, the heart land of Urhobo nation, will cause chaos of unimaginable magnitude.
President General of UPU, Chief Joseph Omene, also condemned in strong terms the kidnap, a week ago, of the spiritual leader of the worshipers of Ijaw deity, Egbesu, who doubles as the Pere (King) of Oporomor Kingdom in Bayelsa State, HRM, Augustin Ebikeme, Pere Ekere.
Omene, who addressed journalists in his Mosogar country home, Ethiope West Local Government Area, Delta State, urged the Ijaw nation to maintain the existing peace between the two ethnic groups, adding that he was optimistic about the release of the king if he was actually held anywhere in Urhoboland.
He said that the kidnap of the royal father has political undertone and advised the Ijaw nation to beware of the prevailing politicking within the state, adding “Politicians can do any thing including kidnapping, to sabotage the existing peaceful relationship between the Urhobo and the Ijaw nation, with a view to truncating the 2015 agenda of the two ethnic groups, to their advantage.
“We have to advise our Ijaw brothers not to try anything like war with the Urhobo nation as that would result to chaos. We should all exercise restraint as the security agencies do their job. It is all about politics. I am sure that all the victims of political kidnapping in Urhobo and Ijaw nations will regain their freedom.”