As an ethnic group we have so much on our hands that we cannot afford to fight against our own people. We must sheath the sword and embrace peace no matter who is at fault. We have sufficient external aggression against us that we must be united to be able to confront those external forces.
We have not been able to settle the issue of Fulani invasion of our farm lands and communities where they kill our people,rape our women and burn down our villages. We have not been able to silence the ugly spirit of cultism which has taken over our young men , making them fight and kill their brothers without remorse. We have not been able to deal with the strange spirit of kidnapping which is over running our land. We remain helpless in the face of all these evils.
We can not afford to dissipate our energy fighting our brothers at home over little irritations while there is a greater common enemy threatening our fabric as a people. No man goes out chasing rats when his house is on fire!
Idoma people should learn to dwell on the things that unites us rather than magnifying those little ones that divides us.
Our community leaders must do the needful to ensure these rising trends be stopped for that is the only way we can development in our land.
Austin Abah is the current Vice president of Idoma national forum.
Austin Abah phD, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, University of Port Harcourt.
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