Ita Giwa, Ekeng lament rate of insecurity, task C’River youths
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Former presidential adviser on National Assembly matter, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, has said the future is bleak with the rate of insecurity ravaging Calabar, the Cross River state capital, and therefore charged youths in the state to use the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to change their ways for lasting peace to return to the state as was in time past.
Speaking in an interactive session on insecurity, organized by youth group, Nka Ikemesit Mkparawa Essien Efik Duopeba at the weekend, Ita-Giwa, who was represented by her aide, Prince Edem Nsa, lamented that unwarranted killings during cult-related clashes, armed robbery incidences and kidnapping, amongst other crimes, had destroyed everything Calabar held dear.
She posited that posterity would judge the present crop of youths, political and other leaders unfairly if nothing is done deliberately to stop unwarranted insecurity bedeviling the ancient city. She called on all youths in the metropolis to come together as a people and take a stand against the ugly development.
In his remarks, the head of the group, Ekpo Ekeng, who doubles as president-general of Efik youths across all divide, said insecurity had succeeded in driving way prospective investors and brought the state to the ground socio-economically, adding that night life in Calabar had also become the thing of the past.
“I cannot explain how we arrived at this ugly juncture. We ourselves have rendered our city, which was our pride, a shadow of its old self. Where is the glory of our ‘Paradise city? We are today struggling to be reckoned with but remember that there was a time Calabar was ‘first’ in all areas of human endeavours.
“I appeal to all youths to sheath their sword for the sake of our children. For those who are married, what joy and pride would your young kids get when, instead of you remaining alive to carter for their upbringing, you allowed yourself to be brutally murdered in cold blood just because you belong a so-called social group, thereby rendering them orphans at their tender age?
“Please consider the pains and disappointment your parents would have if you are killed at the prime of your life without establishing a family or staying alive to care for your parents at their old age after they had labored to bring you to the world, or what is the joy in just killing and killing for fun?
“I urge you to refuse to be influenced by anyone or cajoled into crimes. Change your lifestyle and stop frustrating your destiny on earth. If you change your ways, the glory of Calabar will return, our destiny will be bright. Don’t frustrate yourself and please try and monitor your environment and don’t fail to report strange characters in your environment to youth leaders and the law enforcement officers.”
In his speech, former governorship candidate and Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof Eyo Etim Nyong, advised youths who were jobless to learn a trade and get themselves engaged in one form of endeavour or the other, adding that idleness and joblessness could contribute to high rate of crimes in the city.