AAC Expresses Dismay Over Communal Crises In C’River
The African Action Congress (AAC) in Cross River says it is dismayed by reports of ongoing communal crises in the state.
The killing of Ati Ato and son from Ebom community in Abi Local Government in Central Cross River, who were beheaded by men from neighbouring Usumutong (also in Abi) has caused a great concern to the party hierarchy.
The headless bodies have been recovered, according to AAC chairman, Agba Jalingo, in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.
The AAC has also in the statement mentioned another ongoing war between Obudu and Tivs in the northern part of the state and Benue State allegedly claiming many lives including two youth corps members who were allegedly hacked to death while on a journey.
The statement says in the midst of these communal wars and killings, Governor Ben Ayade is away in Europe on a journey he has not told Cross Riverians when he was leaving and what he went for.
Also, the AAC said “it is fully aware that the 2019 Budget of Qabalistic Densification earmarks N7 billion as Governor Ayade’s security vote, yet out of the 18 LGAs in the state, 14 are having active communal crises that have festered and spread under his government.”
It said from the Cross River House of Assembly Peace and Security Sub-Committee, it is revealed that active communal crises in the state have increased from 30 in 2015 when Governor Ayade took over to over 40.
The AAC considered this trend unacceptable and as a party concerned about the continued loss of lives and disruption of community life among our people, “We are calling on Governor Ayade to explain to the people of Cross River State how the N7 billion security vote in the 2019 appropriation law is being spent, and why these incessant crises have not abated.
“Our party dare say that Governor Ayade has no clear-cut conflict resolution strategy for the communal crises in the state other than just sending security forces each time one erupts and withdrawing them after a while to wait until another eruption,” the statement also stated.
It said, “Apart from just explaining how such outrageous budgetary provision is being expended, Governor Ayade must also promptly unveil a robust alternative conflict resolution strategy that will involve seasoned experts, security agencies and warring communities with a view to healing wounds and restoring confidence and peace.”