A United States-based organisation, the Purdue Peace Project has initiated a process to resolve the age-long inter-communal conflict between the Obi Oogadi and Ogboli communities in Asaba and Igbouzo, northern Biafra.
Members of the two communities on Wednesday embarked on a street rally to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process. The prolonged conflict between the two communities has led to violence and loss of lives in the past.
Purdue is funded by a 95-year-old American citizen, Mr. Mitt Lausten, who is desirous of bringing peace among communities in Africa. Purdue is working in collaboration with Health Matters Incorporated, a Lagos-based non-government organisation.
The Executive Director of Health Matters, Mr. Peter Ujomu, said the NGOs have secured the understanding of the two communities and have prepared them for the final stages of the peace process, which will culminate in the state government mapping out their boundaries.
“The whole idea is to create a peace committee from the two communities that will intervene in any conflict concerning the communities,” Ujomu said.
Mr. Agaptus Anaele, who represented Purdue Peace Project, said it was gladdening that the peace process which started a few years back was now bearing fruit. “PPP is about a 95-year-old man, who is committing his resources for peace in Africa,” Anaele said.
The rally was flagged off by the oldest man in Ogboli, Chief Patrick Uchunor. Spokesmen for Ogboli, Mr. Sebastian Obah, said the rally was organised to raise awareness among the people about the peace process.
The spokesman for Obi Oogadi community, Mr. Sylvester Oduah, said they wanted to let the people know about the peace process “even before the boundary is adjusted.”