By Emma Amaize
WARRI—THE Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, Warri, Delta Sate, and the Oroupaowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Chief Bobo Wellington, have applauded the state government’s swift mediation, which stemmed the brewing crisis between Urhobo and Ijaw ethnic nationalities in the state.
IPDI, in a statement by its acting spokesperson, Mr. Mayor Ogobiri, said: “We are delighted at the quick intervention and manner the ultimatum issued to Ijaw residents in Udu Local Government Area of the state was withdrawn by our Urhobo brothers at a painstaking stakeholders’ meeting of aggrieved parties convened by Delta State Government, leaders from the Ijaw and Urhobo.
We also want to sincerely thank ex-militant leaders of Ijaw extraction for the show of maturity and patience in not hastily going into war over an issue that we had collectively decided to resolve amicably. We thank the leaders and youths of both tribes for their resolution for peace and embrace of dialogue to solve our differences.”
It urged government “to also take steps to end every unsettled land dispute among Aladja, Isaba, Diebiri and Ogbe-Ijoh communities.
On his part, Chief Bobo said: “I hail Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, leaders of Urhobo and Ijaw nations for their resolve for peace. I am glad that peace has finally returned to Udu, Aladja, Isaba and Ogbe Ijoh. I strongly believe that this monster will not rise again. I thank every well- meaning Nigerian, who made assiduous efforts to return peace to the troubled areas.”