Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government has vowed to punish any cultist who fails to accept the state government amnesty programme.
The government which identified cultism as one of the major challenges leading to unrest and clashes in communities stressed the need to stamp it out of the state.
This was disclosed yesterday in Port Harcourt at a 2-Day workshop on Mediation and Community Reconciliation organised by the Rivers State Conflict Management Alliance (RSCMA) and the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Conflict Resolution, for community leaders in conflict affected local governments.
Speaking, the Special Assistant to Governor Nyesom Wike on Conflict Resolution, Chief Okori Abelekum, said the governor has invested so much to ensure that peace returns in every part of the state.
Abelekum noted that the governor is ready to punish anyone that defies his moves to maintain lasting peace in nooks and crannies of the state.
He said: “His Excellency, Bar. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has initiated several peace initiatives such as the amnesty programme for ex-cultists and supported community reconciliation in conflict affected areas.
“I call on all youths and communities who have not embraced the amnesty programme to do so without delay because there cannot be development without peace.
“The state government will deal with any cultist who refuses to embrace the state government amnesty. Tell them to accept the amnesty and live in peace.”
Abelekum said the state government designed the conflict resolution seminar in order to enable it develop a statewide conflict management plan for the state.