Ishiagu community in Ebonyi urged to embrace peace over Igweship tussle
The Chairman of Ivo Local Government Area in Ebonyi, Mr Joseph Obasi, has called on warring factions in the chieftaincy tussle in Ishiagu community to embrace peace.
Obasi made the call in Ivo council headquarters, Isiaka, on Tuesday in an interview.
According to him, it has become imperative for all parties in the protracted crisis to embrace peace to allow genuine reconciliation to take place.
The chairman said that the Ishiagu traditional stool was a revered institution which served as the custodian of peace, development as well as cultural heritage of the people.
Obasi urged the people to put aside their political and social differences in order to bring to an end the lingering crisis which he said was retarding development in the community.
'There is no shying away from the truth; this lingering crisis is an evil omen.
'It is affecting true development in the community and until the people come together and say it is enough, concrete development will continue to elude them.
'It is very unfortunate that master minds of the crisis have refused to bury personal ego for the common good and development of the people,' he said.
The chairman appealed to stakeholders in the community to come together and find a lasting solution to the crisis.
He said that he would not identify with any faction but would rather align with any plan that could lead to the end of the dispute.
Ishiagu has been embroiled in the dispute after the death of its former ruler, Eze Basil Onuh in 2008.