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Obasanjo Lists Govt Plan to Stop Warri killings

President Olusegun Obasanjo last night explained that the Federal Government was approaching the Warri communal crisis from the political and legal angles. President Obasanjo gave this insight in his monthly media chat on NTA Network programme. He said the political solution required the involvement of government and leaders of the various ethnic groups, adding: “The problem in Warri is that three groups that have lived together for a long time, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Ijaw, are quarrelling. I have talked to the leaders of the three groups about this problem. I am happy they are not talking of eliminating each other, whether it is Itsekiri, Ijaw and of course the Urhobo. They are talking about accommodation. So, if that is what they are talking about, then dialogue is needed, because it is through this they can work out accommodation. “But to do this requires the involvement of the federal and state governments working with community leaders. I also know that there are genuine political grievances, like the citing of a local government and how it should be composed. That is a genuine political agitation.” The president, however, observed that the political agitations were clear cases of criminality, which he said the Federal Government was tackling. Full Story

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