A human rights advocacy group, Brothers Across Nigeria, BAN has sent a celebration message to the people of Ugep in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State who are currently having their annual new yam festival called Leboku, Cross River Daily reports.
In an exclusive media chat with Cross River Daily, Mr. Lokuzo Etim who is BAN Cross River Central District president, while wishing the Obol Lopon of Ugep and the entire Ugep people a successful celebration said he hopes this year’s festival ushers a peaceful coexistence amongst the people.
“BAN Central District wants to use this opportunity to wish the Obol Lopon of Ugep and all sons and daughters of Umor Otutu, in particular and Yakurr Nation in general, a wonderful and successful celebration of the New Yam Festival. It is our fervent prayers that this year’s celebration shall usher in fruitful cooperation and peaceful coexistence amongst Yakurr people,” Mr. Etim said.
The group pledged, as part of its involvement in the Leboku New Yam Festival, to harness the opportunity provided during the period to educate and sensitize the youths against all forms of violence, drug abuse, crime and secret cult related activities. By this, the District President said, the group will continue to organize symposiums, roadshows and display of banners to enhance their set targets were achieved.
Also, BAN used the medium to call on the Cross River State government to continue and even more aggressively to using the Leboku International New Yam Festival to boost the state’s tourism initiatives as well as promote agricultural cultivation in the state. This, according to Mr. Etim has become necessary as the state is gradually losing its leadership position in tourism development in the country.
To the head of administration of the Ugep people, BAN commended the Obol Lopon Of Ugep who also doubles as the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr for his particular interest in the enhancement and promotion of more tourist sites as part of the celebration and implored him to be unrelenting.
The group also thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for extending the voters’ registration exercise while reprobating election violence.
“BAN hereby uses this medium to congratulate INEC for allowing sufficient time for eligible voters to register. We therefore urge registered voters without PVCs to come out and collect them immediately INEC begins to distribute.
“We condemn election violence in its entirety and wishes to advise our people to ensure their votes count in the 2019 General Election,” Mr. Lokuzo Etim, BAN Central District president said.