Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has called on two warring communities in Cross River State, to halt unnecessary hostilities which have led to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
In a release he personally signed and made available to the media, he pleaded with the two communities,Akparabong where he hails from and their neighbour Bendeghe Ekiem, to embrace peace and cohabitate in unity.
“I am distraught by the outbreak of violence between my community Akparabong and our neighbour Bendeghe Ekiem. Both communities are kindred with many families embedded, including mine, in both. Two of my elder sisters are married in Bendeghe Ekiem.
“This madness of violence is totally needless, inexplicable and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. Never in my life have I heard that either community raised its hand against the other. Certainly not now.
The Senator, who was only last week given the nod by the Senate to assume the position of chairman of the NNDC, appealed to both communities to rein their youth and allow peace to reign.
“The security forces and the leadership of both communities must ensure that the situation is brought under control immediately,” he said, noting that people must learn to live with one another to foster lasting social union.