Spokeperson of Gbaramatu traditional xouncil in Warri South-West local government area of Delta state, Chief Godpower Gbenekama, has said that the peace currently being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region is a resolve of some respected Ijaw taditional rulers in the region.
Je said beside the traditional rulers, elders, youths and other stakeholders across the entire region contributed to the maintenance of peace, law and order and not the military deployed to the volatile but oil rich region.
Chief Gbenekama revealed that the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Oboro Gbaraun 11 between 2016 to 2018 moved round the length and breadth of Niger Delta states, preaching peace and unity among the people, saying that he met with other traditional rulers telling the people the need for peace in the region which they have imbibed at all levels.
He stressed that in order to achieve peace in Niger Delta, Gbaramatu monarch Oboro Gbaraun 2 invited youths across Niger Delta states to Oporoza the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, where the youths assured that they will give peace a chance and took oath of peace which they have kept so far.
Hw added that the federal government and international oil companies operating in the area should work closely with traditional rulers in the region for more sustainable peace among indigenous people and host companies operating in the Delta.
The Gbaramatu Kingdom Spokesman acknowledged the presence of security agents which will deter criminals from the area and appealed to military personnel drafted to the area to treat indigenes of the kingdom and others with dignity and decency like other Nigerians elsewhere.
He urged them not to be used to disenfranchise Gbaramatu people as they have re-mobilized to vote in their various communities as well as other Ijaw communities in the riverine areas
He accused the security agents for seizure of some passenger boats carrying people to vote last week before it was rescheduled, juat as he urged them not allow it happen again in order for citizens to exercise their civic rights.
He urged the federal government to partner PANDEF in order to promote peace in Niger Delta as championed through the group, just as he commended youths, elders, chiefs and other stakeholders across the region for their commitment to peace.
Chief Gbenekama posited that the Pere of Gbaramatu Oboro Gbaraun 11 has charged Gbaramatuans to come out enmasse to cast their votes and shun any act that may give room to security agents for maltreatment of the people as they may have planned.