Anthony Miens Demebide, a Niger Delta Activist cum Entertainer has once again expressed his displeasure over the approach of the present Delta State government towards promoting and building peaceful coexistence among warring communities in the state.
The well-known Master of Ceremony, MC has anchored his unhappiness on recent happenings between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh towns in Udu and Warri Southwest Local Government Areas respectively in the disguise of existing peace.
Demebide in a statement made available to The People’s Voice Ngr. has blamed Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, past Governors, and stakeholders of the state for the continuous uproar between the communities.
“Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, past Former Governors; Chief James Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, and all stakeholders of both warring parties have unredeemably failed to proffer lasting solutions to this age-long land dispute between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh.
“Today, we hear that peace and normalcy have returned but tomorrow carries recurrent unfortunate news of killing and others.
“Meanwhile, His Excellency is right up there with all security agencies and leaders with folded arms and watching with huge security vote allocation pumped into the security sector each month.
“I want to believe that there’s more to it than what the physical eyes can see or it may have some political inflections or undertone”, he said.
Comrade Miens went on to refer to an incident of alleged killing which he further alleged could be unconnected to grudges of the crisis.
According to him, it was posted by a Facebook user identified as ‘Barr Praise’, that a pastor was beaten to death.
Reportedly, the said Pastor Yerinbide Sylvester was going for a church programme in Aladja town when youths attacked and beat him mercilessly. He was in a coma in the hospital till yesterday when he was confirmed dead by the doctor.
Barr Praise Posted:
Aladja wants no peace !!!
Another person beaten to death by Aladja Youths who are still eager for another round of battle,
Me: please I advice that nobody uses this Aladja route becos the trouble from this people is just something else..
If the government doesn’t do anything abouth this, then we are bent to expect more casualties….
R.I.P MY PASTOR
Furthermore, the stage man popularly known as MC Akpolokpolo, De Creek MC has used this medium to call on the state government and all well-meaning stakeholders to do something fast to stop the lingering communal crisis in the secret and open.
“The government in collaboration with stakeholders should proffer lasting solutions to this dehumanizing and demoralizing land dispute that has casketed peaceful coexistence of the people for decades.
“I advise the government to take over the said landspace and site government-owned infrastructures like school, military barracks, and others.
“He also condemned the act as allegedly perpetrated by the Aladja youths but however call on both communities to allow peace an everlasting reign between them.”