Rivers State Government To Restore Peace In Emohua

Rivers State Government To  Restore Peace In Emohua
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
 
The Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke has called on all political leaders of Emohua Local Government Area to work with the Wike administration to ensure lasting peace in the area.
 
Speaking after a strategic peace meeting with all political and security stakeholders from Emohua Local Government Area in Port Harcourt on Wednesday night, Engineer Woke regretted that some  opposition politicians  are fanning the embers of violence  in the Local Government. 
 
He said: “I want to enjoin my brothers  who are in the opposition  political party never to encourage violence of any kind. If the Local Government Area is destroyed, where will you conduct the election you are hoping to win.
 
“It is important  to inform these boys that what they  are doing is wrong and that it has nothing  to  do with politics.  For me, this is a message of peace. It is about our people and their lives and property “.
 
The Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor  faulted claims by opposition politicians that  the cult conflict in Emohua Local Government Area is a fallout of the State Amnesty programme. 
 
He noted that  Emohua Local Government Area is not  the only place where the Amnesty programme was implemented, pointing  out that other  areas are enjoying  relative peace.
 
“From our deliberations, it is very obvious that all that is happening in the Local Government Area is as a result of ignorance and misunderstanding.  We have  resolved the issues and by the Special Grace of God, the leadership of the various groups have promised the state government that they will  embrace peace “, Engineer Woke said.
 
He stated that the State Government is committed to developing  the capacity  of youths, so that they can  contribute  to the growth of the State. 
 
He said: “Because we are a responsible  Government, we will not encourage anything  that  will fuel crisis in any  community.  If there is  no peace, there cannot be  meaningful  development “.
 
In his remarks, Mr Harvest Azunda, one of the stakeholders who attended the  meeting, assured that  all groups in the area have agreed to respect agreements reached. 
 
A Peace Ambassador from Emohua Local Government Area, Mr Churchill Asu expressed happiness at the successful peace meeting. He said that  all cult groups  have  agreed to work  towards  peace.