Anambra Govt Restores Peace in Nkwelle Ezunaka

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Anambra State Government has restored peace among the warring factions in Nkwelle Ezunaka Community, Oyi Council Area, after over eight years of communal crisis.

The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Collins Nwabunwanne, who brokered the peace during a reconciliatory meeting with the warring parties in his office at Government, House, Awka, told them that Governor Soludo was passionate about seeing warring communities return to peace for development and progress.

Commissioner Nwabunwanne reminded them of the need for peaceful coexistence as no meaningful development would take place in an atmosphere of bitterness and rancour.

The commissioner said the elected executive would pilot the affairs of the town for six months; from now till December, in line with the court ruling before another election would be conducted to produce another executive.

Those elected executive would help to reposition the community and also work with state government to produce the traditional ruler in due course to enable them get their fair share of democracy dividends from the state government.

The President-General of Nkwelle Ezunaka, Honourable Leonard Areh-Onyenze, in his remarks, said he would remain ever grateful to Governor Soludo and his commissioner, Hon. Nwabunwanne, for being able to effect the reconciliation after many years of squabbles.

Mr Areh-Onyenze disclosed that the crisis which had rocked his community for more than eight years started when their former traditional ruler died.

He assured the state government of his desired to put an end to the age-long crisis for peace, progress and stability in the town.

Some of the executive members present, such as Ogbuefi Willie Okafor; Engr Dike Ndulu; Sir Evaristus Nwachiemelu; Nze Chidozie Dibor and Ogbuefi James Odife, in their separate reactions, applauded the governor and commissioner for the reconciliation.

They promised that the factions would sheath their swords to pave way for a new election in December 2022, according to the dictates of Nkwelle Ezunaka Constitution.