Chairman of Bekwarra Local Government Area in Cross River, Ushie Onyi,
has said Fulani herdsmen and other communal crises are the greatest security threats facing border villages in the country.
Onyi, who stated this during the inter-state border meeting between Bekwarra, Obudu, Obanliku and Yala local government areas of Cross River and Vandeikya, Kwande, Konshisha and Oju local government areas of Benue State in Calabar yesterday, said it was incumbent on every member of the society to share in the role of combating the situation.
The chairman said the meeting was aimed at strengthening the relationship and ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the border local government/communities, adding that the joint peace/security meeting among the people was imperative considering the current insurgent activities in the country.
He said: “Security challenges within and outside their domain are gaining prominence by the day, especially threats from Fulani herdsmen and other communal crises in the areas.
“It is incumbent on every member of the society to share in the role of combating the situation, just as there is need for collaborative efforts and synergy among the chairmen, traditional rulers and the security operatives as well as youths in the border local government/communities in tackling the situations. As leaders in our respective capacities, we have our quota to contribute towards national peace/unity.”
Also speaking, the paramount ruler of Bekwara Local Government Area (LGA), Stephen Omang, expressed satisfaction with the peace and security initiative.
Omang said: “This is the first experience of its kind and they re-affirmed their desire and commitment to identify and partner the new generational leaders. This is a right step in the right direction.”
The monarch said if border local government areas in the country would emulate the idea, internal security would be guaranteed.
Present at the meeting were the Chairmen of Obudu LGA (Cross River), Konshisha LGA and Vandiekya LGA (Benue), paramount ruler of Uti Agba, paramount ruler of Obudu, paramount ruler of Uchua Ashang, paramount ruler of Obanliku and the paramount ruler of Vandeikya.