The Chief of Staff to the Rivers State governor, Chukwuemeka Woke has called on all political leaders in Emohua Local Government Area (LGA) to sheath their swords and work for the peace and progress of the state.
This follows the recent attacks and killings recorded in some communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking after a strategic peace meeting with all political and security stakeholders from Emohua Local Government Area in Port Harcourt, 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 what 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 “, 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.
“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.