The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has condoled the Victims Ezza-Effium and Effium crisis in Ebonyi State.
The President made his feelings know when he paid a condolence visit to the area on Sunday.
The Vice-President called on the warring parties to sheath their sword to pave way for assistance from Government and to further develop the area.
“Hundreds of people lost their lives, business and means of livelihood destroyed, Mr. President was particularly concerned about this, for the families of those who have lost their lives, you should please accept the condolences of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I want to say first to the leadership that the responsibility of leadership is to ensure that the people we lead do not die needless deaths, we must do something about peace in our Communities”
Governor David Nweze Umahi while reporting that the State Government had made a concerted effort to nip the crisis in the burd warned political actors against making inflammatory utterances about the hostilities.
“We have done all that we could do to avert this crisis and sometimes, I even had to arrest all leaders from both sides and locked them up and for one week there were no crises but suddenly the war resumed, killing one-month-old babies, mothers and so on and I have directed that anyone found with a gun should be demobilized. We have requested NEMA to immediately move to this place to provide food, clothing and building materials. Let me publicly say that the politicians should stop making immflamatory statements about this crisis”
The leader of the Effium clan Pastor Emmanuel Olor and leader of Ezza Clan in Effium, Dr. Joseph Utobo appealed to the Federal Government to collaborate with the State Government to assist them to resettle and facilitate the peace restoration initiatives underway.