By Emma Amaize
WARRI—IJAW People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, has called on Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State to resettle the people of Amazaba community, Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, sacked from their ancestral home 10 years ago by neighbouring Ikot Akpan Udo community, Ibibio clan in Abasi Local Government Area, over land dispute.
IPDI, in a letter by its National President, Austin Ozobo, and others to the governor, said though Amazaba and Ikot Akpan Udo were hit by the crisis, the people of Ikot Akpan Udo community have been resettled by fomer governor, Godswill Akpabio, since 2012, while Amazaba people were abandoned.
IPDI said: “This is ethnic bias exhibited in aberration to the equal rights of both Ibibio and the Amazaba people enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federation, as amended. It is our call that you take urgent steps to resettle Amazaba communities.
“We have been told that Akwa Ibom Government has concluded plans to turn Amazaba homeland to cassava farms and centre of other agric businesses.
“It is unfortunate and barbaric. This is an attempt to completely wipe out Amazaba people.”