Recently, violence has become a rocket sign in Anyigba, and its environs.
This unhealthy development which has become a reoccurring decimal during election in Kogi East, particularly in Anyigba and its neighbouring villages has led to loss of lives and many valuable items.
This ugly development has further generated a lot of tension and concerned to both Anyigba dwellers and lovers of peace outside Anyigba.
Sequel to the above development, Realone Ameje, a son of the soil, has advocated for “Peace Accord” as a panacea to tackle this inhuman act.
Not agreeing less, ACEGIST’s Guest Writer, who also doubles as grass root Politician, Comrade Maji Isah, reminiscences how “peace” was achieved in Anyigba and its environs in 2015.
Let us read what Maji Isah has to say in a quotation mark below:
” In 2015, shortly before the presidential and National Assembly elections, there was upsurge of violence in Anyigba community leading to burning of houses, businesses and many other valuable properties worth millions of Nigeria in the name of support for various candidates of the two major political parties APC and PDP
The violence became so wild that it grew wings to even the polling units in Anyigba and its environs.
As leaders of the largest Youth Organization in Anyigba community, the Anyigba Youth Clubs President Forum, it became a thing of concern for us knowing that one of our cardinal objectives is to bring about peace and development to Anyigba community and the fact that it is the youths that are involved in ALL of this violence activities
We came up with the idea of calling for a peace meeting between the key stakeholders in the election who we knew can talk to their supporters to calm the tension.
So we lead a delegation to the Palace of Ogohi-Onu Anyigba (Dooga) as the Father of all and shared our plan with him.
To the glory of God, he was also going to invite these key stakeholders to discuss same peace with them so we would be part of the meeting that day.
Few days to the general election the meeting was called, we led a delegation of more than one thousand Youths to do a peace advocacy procession on the streets with placards and sound system calling for peace in Anyigba community and the need to allow economic activities to go on smoothly without hindrances.
At the stakeholders meeting, Haliru Ali Abdul who was the SA on MDGs to the governor of Kogi state and the Eye of the state government in Anyigba, Hon Ogwu Alhassan, PDP House of Assembly candidate then, Hon Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa, the House of Assembly candidate for APC then, Benjamin Ikani Okolo, APC House Of Rep candidate then, Officials of both PDP and APC were all invited to witness the meeting.
After the indoor meeting held in the palace where myself and Abdullahi Unekwuojo Musa represented Anyigba Youths at the meeting and they signed a verbal accord to maintain peace henceforth, we all came outside the palace to address the crowd, there I read an address to the aspirants jostling for the position and the stakeholders on behalf of the youths.
In the address, we warned them to stop using the Youths as political thugs and allow peace to reign in Anyigba community, we admonished them to live and allow others to live thereby keeping the community peaceful for businesses to thrive.
They promised there and then that they will talk to their supporters to calm down, become responsible citizens and bring about peace to the community.
After that, the commissioner of Police and the DSS Chief of the Kogi State commands held two separate meetings with the candidates and the stakeholders in the palace where myself and Unekwuojo Musa were involved as Youths representatives.
They gave them thorough warning and threatened to deal with anyone found in the act of violence outrightly.
They also mandated us to advise the youths not to make themselves available for use as agents of destruction.
From there we took a walk to all the 27 units of Anyigba wards telling them not to make themselves available for destruction and violence.
After this epoch meetings, Peace relatively returned to Anyigba and the election went without blood shed and destruction afterwards.
That was the role we played in 2015 and didn’t just seat down to lament on social media and leave it there, we took a bold steps and it achieved the desired results
When Realone Emeje, proposed a Peace accord to curb the upsurge of violence, we’ve had in recent time, I saw it as a good call that can yield positive result if followed to the logical point where the warring Houses can reach a compromise
We gain nothing by bringing violence to a business thriving Anyigba community, but we can gain everything by bringing Peace”.
Comrade Maji Isah
A Social Commentator
Anyigba, Kogi State – Nigeria.
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