IN A bid to ensure sustainable peace among communities in the state, Gov. Obiano has inaugurated an eight- member panel of inquiry to look into Alanonugwa and Odekpe communal crisis, both from Anambra West LGA.
The inauguration which took place at the Office of the Deputy Governor, Government House, Awka has the traditional ruler of Igbariam, Igwe Kelly Nzekwe as its Chairman, and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emman Ude-Akpeh as Secretary.
Other members are; Member Representing Anambra East and West at the National Assembly, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe, traditional ruler of Owelle Community, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere.
The rest are; traditional ruler of Ukwalla, lgwe Joseph Ajodo, Igwe Sylve Nnoso of Ifite-Anam, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties, Mr Nwabufo Nwankwo and Mr Patrick Udoba.
Represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, he stated the terms of reference which is to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the dispute between both communities. To reconcile both communities and proffer lasting solution to the crisis, to ascertain the involvement of major actors, stakeholders and traditional rulers in the communities.
Speaking to National Light, chairman of the committee, Igwe of Igbariam Kingdom, Dr. Kelly Nzekwe, appreciated the state government for finding them worthy to handle the situation.
“The traditional rulers are the custodians of culture and tradition. We know the problem from the grassroots. We promise ndi-Anambra that within a short period of time, peace would reign in both communities,” Igwe Kelly assured.
Contributing, Federal Member Representing Anambra East and West Constituency, Chinedu Obidigwe, condemned in its entirety, the crisis that just erupted between both communities.
“These are the Igala speaking areas of Anambra West. Being a representative from the area, l am very angry, I condemn it. It is a manipulation of evil hands. I advise both communities to tow the path of peace. Peace is the best way to live, without peace, there will be no development,” Obidigwe said.
Obidigwe who noted that members of the committee are credible and knowledgeable people, also called on the media to advance further and admonish peace and peaceful co-existence among communities.