BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Odukpani Leadership Academy frowns at the upsurge of insecurity in some parts of the Cross River State, especially in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South local government area.
It would be recalled that for the 0ast two weeks several persons have lost their lives as a result of rival cults clashes within the two council areas.
Condemning this ugly Fact, Comrade, Kingsley lta lkpemeChairman Odukpani Leadership Academy and Director General, Greater Calabar Capital City Development Authority, described it is as “an act of terrorism, barbaric and alien to Cross Riverians”.
Ikpeme therefore advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used as agent of destructions, rather they should see themselves as stakeholders in today’s governance, as the governor Ben Ayade, has shown his belief in youth leadership by the various appointments given to the youths than previous administration’s in the State.
Said he, “rather youth should rise and see themselves as partners in the givernment of Sir Ben Ayade by contributing their quota in ensuring a peaceful state, as no meaningful development can take place in an environment devoid of peace, law and order “.
He called on the various security agencies in the state to be proactive, investigate the remote and immediate causes of frequent cult clashes in the state, arrest and make offenders to face the law to serve as detterain to others.
“As an emerging industrial hub of the nation and investors paradise, . youths in Cross River State, should not allow themselves to be used by enemies of their future and state, whose stock in trade is to ferment crisis to misled them especially as the state prepares for the forth local givernment elections, he warned.
He, equally commended governor Sir Ben Ayade for his efforts aim at ensuring that Cross River state remains COVID-19 free state as our it remains the model to other states.
Ikpeme, therefore urge Cross Riverians to adhere to all government directives and guidelines for the greater good of all.