I Am Irredeemably Ashamed Of Communal War In My Home Town – Niger Delta Minister

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The Minister's letter
The Minister’s letter

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has said that he is irredeemably ashamed of the communal war between his village, Nko and neighbouring Mkpani, the home town of a former governor of the state, Mr. Clement Ebri, all in Yakurr Local Government of Cross River state.

At the wake of the crises, several prominent individuals from Yakurr and across the state have condemned the recurring violence and called for calm but the Minister had been accused of keeping mute over the matter with insinuations that the several politics may be involved in the crises.

In a letter dated May 3, 2016 which the Minister wrote to the traditional rulers of the two communities, Obol Lopon of Nko and the Obol Lopon of Mkpani, he appealed to the feuding parties to exercise restraints and eschew further damages to lives and properties.

The letter which was obtained by CrossRiverWatch, reads: “At the wake of possible breakdown of peace in our two communities based on developments of alleged misdeeds and counter allegations on 29th day of April, 2016; I made attempts to call you and some opinion leaders in our communities as sounds of tension were rising.

“Though some of the call were unsuccessful, I had suggested an inter community visitation aimed at dialogue to allow for due investigation for the claims to be verified. Until sometime beyond 12 midnight on the said date, I was still trying the contacts I was making. Some of the personalities I tried to reach include H.E. Mr. Clement Ebri and Hon. Bassey Inah Ibor.

“Unfortunately, in the morning of 30th (April) the situation had escalated to a point of open violent conflict. However, Hon. Bassey Ibor called me the following day to acknowledge his view of my attempt to reach him at night.

“At this point is was certain that we needed to engage the lawful security agencies to quell the crises. Since then, I had been anxiously engaging the Nigeria Police Force as often as I heard any information that could assist them in the due discharge of their duties.

“I use this opportunity to urge you to convey messages of restraint to our people in order to eschew further damages to lives and property. I am irredeemably ashamed of these developments at my locality when we are expected to show optimum understanding and working relations.

“I hereby decry the insinuations of political underpinning in this irresponsible conduct. Ascribing political notions to barbarism is an attempt to downplay criminality. We had just finished an election which held on the 12th day of March, 2016 without this level of breakdown of law and order. It would have sounded sensible to attribute any eventuality of that period to politics, not this unnecessary misadventure of blind retrogression.

“I urge you to take all of us to task of any sort within legitimate and moral limits to end this ugly occurrence. We hope that you will direct your efforts toward this necessity.”

The crises have since been quelled amidst allegations that unconfirmed number soldiers and civilians were feared dead. Both communities are now been guarded heavily armed security personnel.

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One commentOn I Am Irredeemably Ashamed Of Communal War In My Home Town – Niger Delta Minister

  • I have issues relating to the format of the letter and the disrespect for protocol. The letter failed to observe one of the basic rules in business letter writing.

    The letter did not state the full name(s) and address(es) of the recipient(s) in the inside address section as taught in introductory writing course in the university. Writing just “The Obol Lopon of Nko” or Mkpani is meaningless to non-indigenes of the community such as the IG of the Nigeria Police Force who was copied the letter. How do the writer expect the IG to act when he was not provided with all the necessary information? The letter did not contain the name(s) of the recipients as I believe “The Obol Lopon” is a title.

    During the primary school education, it was considered an abomination to write somebody a letter or sign a letter using a red ink. It is frown at in writing to use red ink either to sign or write a letter! Even some lecturers discourage the use of red ink to grade students’ work because they view the practice as offensive to the students especially when the quality of the student’s work is very poor that it contains a lot of red assessment comments.

    The communities in question are in Cross River state but the Office of the Governor of Cross River State was not copied the letter! Apparently the letter writer has no respect for the Office of the Governor which is a problem for me. Anyone who is appointed to an office is expected to serve the public and uphold the law of the land irrespective of their political party affiliation. How can you copy the IG of the Nigeria Police Force and NOT copy the Governor, especially in a matter related to the security of the state? Such an action is hubristic and unconscionable, to say the least.

    The problem we have in Nigeria is the lack of respect for an Office especially if the holder of the Office is not an ally! It is okay to not like somebody but PLEASE respect any Office even if the office holder is a foe.

    Nigeria will only progress and development when we work together.

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