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THE FIGHTING IS OVER, SABOBA CHIEF DECLARES

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The paramount chief of Saboba, Bowan John Mateer Sakojim IV, has joined calls for the peaceful coexistence of Konkombas and Anafos, widely known as Chokosis, living in Saboba and Chereponi in the Northern and North-East Regions.

The paramount chief of Saboba, Bowan John Mateer Sakojim IV, has joined calls for the peaceful coexistence of Konkombas and Anafos, widely known as Chokosis, living in Saboba and Chereponi in the Northern and North-East Regions.

 

He made this call yesterday when Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia called on the chiefs and people of Saboba and impressed on them to join in the efforts to restore peace in the area.

The call followed an outbreak of violence a few weeks ago which led to the death of one man and injury to several others.

Dr Bawumia was in Saboba undertaking his 2019 nationwide Ramadan tour, which has already taken him to 15 regions.

Fighting over

Addressing the gathering, the Saboba chief said the time for fighting is over and it is now time to secure the peace.

“Mr Vice-President, Konkombas are peace-loving people. We cherish peace more than any other person. It is interesting to know that Konkombas and Chokosis have lived for several years in harmony, so what has come upon us today is something that is uncalled for.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal strongly to the youth and the people of Saboba and Chokosis that we should give peace a chance. Peace is the prerequisite for everything,” the chief said.

Stable environment

Bowan Mateer Sakojim also said, “We need a stable environment for our children to go to school. We need a stable environment for our farming activities.

“We need a stable environment for businesses to thrive. And we need a stable environment so that we can embrace all the policies that the government of the day has.
“So, for that matter, whatever it is that is militating against the achievement of peace in these two areas should be critically looked upon.”

To lend further credence to his call for peace, Bowan Mateer Sakojim disclosed that plans are under way for a meeting between the chiefs of Saboba and their counterparts in Chereponi.

“I also want to use this opportunity to tell the Vice-President that we have done a lot and we shall never relent in our efforts to achieve peace. As we speak today, plans were under way for me to lead a delegation of chiefs to meet the Regent of Chereponi to talk on issues bothering the peace.
“I don’t think that trip has been abandoned. We are still working out things and I’m collaborating with the district chief executives and then the MP whether they can facilitate that trip for us to meet the Regent of Chereponi, so that we talk on matters affecting peace,” he said.