By Egbe Attah
The Third-Class Chief for Edumoga District in Okpokwu Local Government of Benue State, Chief Ojoh Ochechema, has called on his subjects to shun all divisive tendencies, in order to attract development to the community.
The traditional ruler, who made the call on Friday, while interacting with newsmen in Ugbokolo, noted that there cannot be development in the midst of division.
The royal father stressed that there was also need for them to preserve and protect the sanctity of the Edumoga chieftaincy stool, which he noted has remained the unifying symbol of the people, even as he congratulated them on the successful celebration of Ej’Alekwu festival marked recently by the people.
Chief Ochechema, expressed concern over the ugly happenings in Edumogaland, such as herdsmen attack, kidnapping, robbery and bloodletting, describing them as foreign to the land and appealed to the people to be security conscious, as well as be at peace with their neighbours.
Reacting to the recent attack on Igama-Edumoga by suspected herdsmen which claimed many lives and property, Chief Ochechema said: “I call on my chiefs, sons and daughters of Edumoga to discharge your functions with the fear of God and be vigilant and watch out for intruders and report such to the appropriate authorities for prompt action so that the attackers wouldn’t take us by surprise any more.”
On youth restiveness, he charged the youths to be law abiding and contribute their quota to the development of Edumoga, Idoma, Benue and indeed Nigeria
According to the royal father, they should unite, co-exist peacefully in their community and work hard to be great so as to leave good legacies for future generations.
“Don’t depend solely on white- collar jobs, but, explore other opportunities that will make you self-employed and also avoid social vices such as drug-addiction, stealing or any unwholesome acts that can jeopardize your future,”the monarch advised.
On his part, the Ojigo Ward Head, Chief Anthony Amali, thanked God for His mercies upon his people over the years.
He commended Chief Ochechema for his good leadership in piloting the affairs of the community while commending the chiefs and their subjects on the recent celebration of Eje’Alekwu festival in the area.