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Ufia indigenes advocate for peace

By Egbe Attah

Leaders, sons and daughters of Ufia community in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, have agreed to give peace a chance, by avoiding doing anything inimical to the peace and development of the land.

The resolution was reached on Wednesday after a Town Hall Meeting of sons and daughters of the district, co-hosted by traditional rulers/ members of Ufia Chiefdom held at Utonkon.

The stakeholders lamented that their community has been torn apart by internal and external crises, ranging from inter-tribal and inter-clannish disputes, herder attacks, banditry, kidnapping, inter-family and intra-family squabbles, inter-political bickering to chieftaincy disputes.

They noted that since no nation can survive and develop in the midst of such maladies, they have no choice than to unite and love one another.

In his remark, the President General, Ufia Development Association (UDA), Chief Vincent Uloko, thanked the Chief Convener of the meeting and 3rd -Class Chief for Igumale-Utonkon Intermediate Chiefdom, Dr Julius Iguve, for his concern for the well -being of Ufia and her people.

He advised Iguve not to be dismayed by the number of people that attended the meeting, saying each clan had a representative and would communicate the resolution to their members. The UDA boss, commended the attendees for their love for Ufia Kingdom, stressing that with their resolve, the community will witness rapid development in all ramifications in no distant time.

All others, who spoke, including Innocent Agasi, Rev Fr Nathaniel Igelle, Ken Agada, Cecilia Arubi, Solomon Ogallabo, commended the initiators of the town hall meeting, especially Dr Iguve whom they said is passionate about the welfare of the people while rejoicing that an era of prosperity has come to their native home.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief host, Dr Julius Iguve, said he initiated the move to unite the people and to chart a new path for the development of Ufialand.

He called on his subjects to forgive him his wrongs, forgive one another even as he had forgiven them so that the community may witness greatness once again as it was in the beginning.

“I initiated this meeting to address some of the teething issues in our midst that have torn us apart. These are crises within us and from outside. We can not continue like this, because there be no meaningful development in the absence love and unity. There is need for us to forget the past and forgive one another our wrongs against one another. Forgive me as I have equally forgiven all who wronged me,” he emphasized.

The Voice reports that the high point of the event was the performance of libation by Chief Dr Iguve to cleanse the land and her people of all evil and backwardness.

Recall that until recently, Ufia community has not known peace due to internal and external bickerings.

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