The Fulani herdsmen in Cross River State have vacated the Ikaptang community of Ishibori in Ogoja Local Government Area after a four-day ultimatum given to them.
The cattle rearers which were notified on Monday by the aforementioned community to leave by 12 pm on Thursday, left peacefully without inciting any form of violence.
Speaking, one of the community leaders, Mr. Ibu Monkom said he was pleased to inform that by 12 noon today being Thursday the ultimatum given to the Fulani’s was adhered to. He also thanked both the Ikaptang and the Fulani community who opted for dialogue to resolve their differences.
“Thanks to the various stakeholders, the elders, clan head and village heads of Ishiborr, the Sarkin Hausa of Ogoja, the security agencies – the divisional police officer Ogoja, the police area commander in charge the northern senatorial zone, the DSS Ogoja, the civil defence corps, the army formation in Ogoja, legislators and government appointees from Ogoja and all agencies and persons too numerous to mentioned and especially you for the time you have committed to the resolution of this crisis.
“It had not been easy in some communities which often resulted into death of people and cows and wanton destruction of properties. This has often resulted to getting people internally displaced and add pressure to our security agencies. If we have succeeded to resolve the matter amicably, you too can succeed if you take a peaceful approach and taking all the critical stakeholders along trying to resolve conflicts.
“You can see that the elders, men, women, and youths of this community are all smiling because they can go to farm without fear of destruction of their crops or harassment from the Fulanis when negating for compensation of their damaged crops.
“This would have no value if I don’t salute papa God for being behind this, because without Him nothing would have been possible,” Monkom said.
If you recalled, Calabar Reporters had earlier reported that the Ikaptang community gave the Fulani herdsmen an ultimatum of 4 days to leave their land so they can grow their crops, the only source of living they inherited from their forefathers. And today, the matter resolved amicably. Sometimes we don’t need violence to settle issues, dialogue is the best and only way.
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