The People of Umukwata Kingdom in Ukwuani local government area of Delta State have been urged to maintain calm in the face of recent communal clashes for peace to reign in the area.
The appeal was made during the security meeting conveyed by the Chairman of the Council, Chief Chukwudi Dafe to resolve the crisis that erupted between Umukwata, Obinomba and Owah-Abbi communities.
Chief Dafe reiterated that he wanted peace in every community across the local government area more than anything else throughout his tenure, stating that the Delta State Governor, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa desired that peace reigns throughout the State.
He cautioned the people especially the youths not to fight for any reason adding that dialogue should be explored to resolve every issue. “We must not fight. Let us live in peace and stop fighting ourselves. If oil is discovered in our land, it should be for our benefit and development and not our death. Our youths – don’t carry arms for any reason,” he appealed.
Meanwhile, in their separate responses, HRM Friday Abaja, the Ukwata of Umukwata Kingdom, the community chiefs and the youths thanked Chief Dafe for the wisdom he employed to convey the meeting and promised to resolve their differences at the King’s Palace and report back to the chairman.
In another gathering, the Council boss, Chief Chukwudi Dafe has stressed the need for Ukwuani people to live together as brothers and sisters that they are even as he calls for peaceful coexistence and security consciousness amongst the people.
Chief Dafe said this in a meeting with Banks operating in Obiaruku, Filling Station owners, Hotel Owners and business owners in the local government held at the Obiaruku Multi-purpose Town Hall.
He called on them to contribute their quotas, however little, to the security of lives and property in their business environment.