March 7, 2018

Group lauds Okowa, Iwurie, over actions against killer herdsmen


Gov. Okowa

…Faults Ogboru silence

The Urhobo Youth Employment Initiative, UYEI, has commended the Member representing Ethiope East constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Evans Iwurie on his reaction to the menace of killer herdsmen in his constituency, describing the legislator as “a true Urhobo patriot not afraid to stand up for his people.”

In a statement by the Convener of the group, Comrade Francis Onokpasa, and made available to newsmen in Effurun, the group, while lamenting said the terror meted out by herdsmen to farmers and indigenous communities across the nation including Urhoboland is highly condemnable.

Gov. Okowa

The group equally sympathized with the Akpomiemie family of Eku, Delta State, which recently lost its breadwinner to a most brutal, callous and inhuman attack by herdsmen with what appears to be a bloodthirsty approach to rearing animals.

While noting the courageous steps Iwurie is taking to secure the lives of our people in his constituency, the group took a swipe at serial gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing him of “being silent over the terror being unleashed on their people by herdsmen for political reasons.

Armed Fulani-herdsmen

According to the group, “it is most condemnable that Ogboru who would want everyone to believe he is a leader in Urhoboland has been conspicuously silent while his fellow Urhobos are being massacred by Fulani herdsmen in their own land.”

While assuring that “Ogboru will surely hear what he least expects from the Urhobo people come 2019.

The group however commended Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for making it crystal clear that there is simply no land for cattle colonies in Delta State, describing Governor Okowa  as a true leader with a pan-Deltan approach to governance” further assuring the governor that he “has been destined to be Governor till 2023 when he will equitably hand over to a successor of Urhobo extraction.”