Nigeria’s Peace Parley: Ibibio Set To Present Position Towards National Union
Nigeria’s fourth largest tribe, the Ibibio, will join other ethnic groups in the country to present their position on how peace can be entrenched in the country.
The premier traditional ruler of the Ibibio, Oku Ibom Ibibio and Patriarch of Ibibio people worldwide, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk has assured.
The peace summit slated to hold on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Abuja, the nation’s federal capital territory is to be organized by Universal Peace Federation (Ambassadors for Peace) and will have in attendance traditional fathers such as the Sultan of Sokoto, Ooni of Ife, Oku Ibom Ibibio, Obi of Onitsha, Emirs, Obas among other traditional rulers who are expected to present positions on peace in the country.
The supreme ruler of the Ibibio people assured that the Ibibios, who are the fourth largest ethnic group in the country will be rightly represented among comity of ethnic nationalities to make their position on peace, unity and development very clear.
The patriarch said he will consult with stakeholders in Ibibio land in order to come up with a robust position as it concerns Ibibio.
Nteyin Etuk added “The way our country is today, demands that we sit on a round table to discuss if we are really desirous to enjoy peaceful coexistence amongst ourselves. But we must clearly understand that peace is not just a word. It is very easy to say we want peace. But are we ready to do things that will promote and sustain peace?
“We must change the narratives of mere talking. Peace demands action. And as traditional rulers, we have that primary responsibility to maintain peace in our domain. Our position as Ibibio will be known.”
The Oku Ibom Ibibio commended the organization over their drive to promote peace in the country. He stressed that peace cannot be promoted or sustained by individual’s effort rather it demands collective responsibility.
He called on everyone to contribute their quota towards peaceful coexistence and emphasized that development can only be recorded in the ambience of peace.
Earlier in his remark, the state chairman of Universal Peace Federation (Ambassadors for Peace), Amb Udo Wills, said the visit was to present official invitation of the event to the Patriarch.
Wills extended the felicitation by the secretary-general of the organization, Dr Charles Ekpot and assured that the organization will be ready to partner with the stool towards the promotion of peace.