The entire people of Uvwie Kingdom at home and in diaspora under the aegis of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) led by Chief A.T. Ukuvwrere yesterday thanked President Muhammed Buhari for his firm pronouncement and outright condemnation of the Nigeria Army for its encroachment into Uvwie land with impunity for many years.
In his thank-you message to the Federal Government, Chief Ukuvwrere stated that the Uvwie people truly and sincerely appreciate President Muhammed Buhari for coming to their rescue after waiting helplessly in vain for so many years.
Chief Ukuvwrere expressed confidence and optimism in the presidential statement that they have no reason to be afraid but now to celebrate victory at last.
Speaking further, he submitted that “all stakeholders, particularly the Nigeria Army, should obey the order and make sure they do the needful, so that all sleeping dogs can lie.”
Barr. Victor Otomiewo, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Delta State, who holds the title of Usiavwre of Ekpan community, a man who has been in the centre of the storm in his own contribution, asserted that the Uvwie people are grateful for the positive response of Mr. President.
Barr. Otomiewo in his thank you message lamented that from early 1970 to this present era no seating president listened to the plight of the Uvwie people until President Muhammadu Buhari came to break the jinx and made a firm pronouncement for which we they forever remain grateful.
He explained that the Uvwie people now pray and hope that the oral commitment of Mr. President will be backed by a decisive action by issuing a presidential directive to the Army authority, particularly the Chief of Army staff, to release unconditionally the portion of the Uvwie peoples land still unoccupied and unutilized back to the land owners of Uvwie kingdom who were compelled by the illegal tenants put on the land by the Army to approach the Uvwie land owners for a negotiation and proper settlement.
By Wilson Macaulay
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