People of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area have resolved to seek elusive peace in their community after years of communal crisis.
The quest for peace has been a result of absence of condusive atmosphere for progress to make giant strides.
The clamour for peace has taken toll, off the leading lights in the town, most of who have had to make a lot of sacrifices to achieve round tables to resolve many lingering communal crisis.
Some of the interest groups had been split along two broad lines, with each pursuing development in their own way. But obviously, there has been the need to harmonise positions to ensure common purpose.
Based on these, some prominent personalities of the community took advantage to sue for peace.
The traditional ruler of Oraifite, Igwe Daniel Udoji, Sir Emeka Offor and some clergymen came together to champion a move during a `Solemn Assembly’ of the community at Oraifite Civic Centre recently.
The solemn assembly was jointly organised by the Council of Oraifite Indigenous and Serving Ministers (JCOISM).
Igwe Udoji used the occasion to urge his people to always promote peace, stressing that one of the major problems experienced in Oraifite was youth restiveness.
He pleaded with the illustrious indigenes of Oraifite to provide more jobs, scholarship schemes and skills acquisition opportunities to re-equip the youths to seek their future.
The monarch proposed that a forum, comprising Igwe’s cabinet members, town unions, clergymen and students’ union put heads together to address teething problems perpetrated by the younger generation.
“Our problems are from our young boys. We won’t give up on them because any community that loses their youth is gone. Let us discuss solutions to cultism, banditry and drug addiction.
“Let Church leaders, town unions, students unions sit together in a forum to seek solutions to the menace.
“Let our illustrious sons provide more jobs, scholarships for the indigent but brilliant students. This will make us attain the `Ora-London of our dreams’,” Igwe Udoji pleaded.
Chairman and CEO of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Emeka Offor urged parents to caution their children against perpetrating social vices capable of destroying them.
He also appealed to Oraifite people to promote love and unity. “Oraifite must be together, if not we are not going anywhere. Give people time, audience and help others if God has helped you.
An Evangelist, Paulinus Ugochukwu, one of the sponsors of the Solemn Assembly and Chairman, Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, declared total takeover of Oraifite by `Jesus Christ’.
Mr Ugochukwu also called on all residents and indigenes of Oraifite to embrace Christ as their saviour. “Only Jesus Christ can bring lasting peace, unity and progress in any community.”
Mr Ugochukwu thanked God for the newly elected President of Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU), Mr Sunny Igboanuzue, describing him as a God-fearing man, who would bring revival, restoration and peace to the community.
Igboanuzue in his vote of thanks commended the organisers of the programme for their prayers, assuring them that his tenure would witness unprecedented progress because they had taken God as their bedrock.
Rev. Peter Okoye, Rev. Goddy Eze, the (JCOISM) Vice-President and Secretary respectively described the year’s solemn assembly as a huge success because of the turnout of illustrious sons of Oraifite.
They said that the essence of the yearly programme, which began since 2013 was to help the people to renounce satanic covenants and embrace God and desist from wickedness to promote love, unity and progress in Oraifite land.
The joint council that comprised Orthodox Churches – the Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal and the African Instituted Churches offered special prayers for Igwe Udoji and his counterpart, Igwe Nnamdi Oruoche of Ozubulu.