To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. – Winston Churchill
“As a highly respected frontline leader of men, a humanitarian, community organizer and most of all, as an advocate for the good life for all and sundry irrespective of political, ethnic and cultural affiliations, I am among the first persons to receive information about anything that affects the welfare and wellbeing of people in any part of our people.
The reports and eye-witness accounts that have been brought to my attention of the heightening wave of vicious, cruel and unprovoked murder of the people of Izhi (a major tribe in Ebonyi State and some parts of Benue State) by some blood-thirsty marauders is like a total eclipse of the sun at mid-day for me. I am sorely pained and bewildered that humans can cruelly and violently snuff life out of other humans and be so wicked as to not even spare innocent children.
Violence as a tool for engineering response to any manner of perceived injustice or claim to right has never proven effective in achieving justice. On the contrary, violence spawns violence and perpetuates the chain of resentment and violent response to violent acts. ‘Two wrongs cannot make a right’, they say!
Can we stop for a moment to consider that these men, women and especially children being murdered in cold blood may be the actual persons endowed with the capability to salvage us from our woes?
Can we pause for a minute to ponder that besides the fleeting ‘satisfaction’ that greets deployment of violence to bring disputes to an end, resort to unbridled violence and extraction of vengeance, will lead us nowhere near our goal of a peaceful, good faith, realization of reconciliation and peace?
No matter the extent of disaffection leading near or remote to the breakdown of otherwise healthy relations, it is my candid view that it has become a matter of urgency for the various interests whose ideologies have led to the violence we are currently witnessing to urgently explore the option of interface so as to foster healing and reconciliation.
An African proverb asserts quite truly that ‘One hand cannot wash itself’.
I call on all aggrieved persons and entities to sheathe their swords and for once, explore
an amicable resolution to whatever matter is deemed so important that human life takes secondary place.
I am in agreement with Mr. Churchill that to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war.
God help us all.
High Chief (Dr.) Ifeanyi Odii
Peter Ndubuisi Akpu is a Business Strategist, a philomath, a critical thinker and Public Affairs Analyst; studied Law differently at the Ebonyi State University and the Nigerian Law School.