By Jeremiah Urowayion
Founder of Progressive Alliance Movement (PAM), Mr. Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, has called on Itsekiri leaders to sue for peace among the Itsekiri.
In a chat with newsmen in Warri, Okotie-Eboh, son of Nigeria’s first Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, urged Itsekiri leaders to urge all aggrieved Itsekiri people to sheathe their sword in the interest of peace.
His words: “I am calling on Itsekiri leaders to do the needful now by coming to the rescue of Itsekiri nation. This is not the Itsekiri tribe we knew which used to be a pride of the people. We have allowed our business and political interests to control our thoughts now are almost divided.
“Our leaders should try and call all the aggrieved parties back to a peace table. We have to start all over again. We do not want to know who is right or wrong; we need peace now because time is running out and the drum beats are getting too loud for our ears. We need a Central Constitution for our tribe.
“What we should understand is that the wealth in our land belongs to all Itsekiri sons and daughters. If we can stop this our monopolistic lifestyle then, there will be peace in our land and the very day we allow our God-given resources to spread to round the people, there will be peace, joy, and happiness in the land.
“It seems that Itsekiri nation is the only tribe in Nigeria today without a developmental programme. How can we sell out our family because of our business and political interests? We will all join our ancestors one day, but the land will remain. So we should embrace peace now because we are becoming an embarrassment to the whole world from our actions.
“Some are now saying that this is not the Itsekiri of the Nannas, Dores, Okotie-Ebohs Rewanes and Ayomikes that they used to know. We still have time to change the dance steps for the better. Our forefathers are weeping in their graves because this was not the plans they had for this beautiful tribe, the Itsekiri nation.This is a sad song. But I know that we still have some leaders in the land who can make the Itsekiri nation to be great again and I am calling on them to come to the rescue now.”