An Open Letter to the Leaders, Elders of Bua Bo-ue Communities by Engr Moses Taaboo

Dear Leaders & Elders of Bua Bo-ue,
I am writing to reignite your attention over several massacre in every communities of Bua Bo-ue especially the recent one at Kereke Bo-ue that attracted the presence of the Governor of Rivers State of Nigeria, Governor Nyesom Wike. Bua Bo-ue has encounter storm of violence which has send our people to untimely death and many on exile by the so called cultist.

Are you all aware that each community is considering violence against each other because of your lack of responses and grave concerns expressed in almost every Bo-ue community by you? Violence against Kereke Bo-ue, or the other communities, only raises the possibility of dangers of retaliation. The escalating miles of violence
within Bua Bo-ue communities makes this clear.

Leaders and Elders of Bua Bo-ue, silence and unreactive is being considered by the well meaningful elite as a tool that support retaliations and continuous violence in a community. For the past few years or so we have been kept in the realm of the unthinkable. Once one or two well arm boys, on whatever scale, is unleashed, no one in the Bua Bo-ue or anywhere around us are ever safe. None of us wish our fathers, mothers, children brothers, sisters, to be a victims of gun violence. We struggle to build a shelter and it is burnt down by those who has no idea of building material cost.

Imagine the dilemma of leaving your home and start a new life in someone’s home. Someone who owns a home is now a beggar. As a home owner who should be with his family but now looking for a means of surviving outside his home. The wisdom and intelligence needed to meet our circumstances do not, cannot, lie in any single person or organization. What shall we do Bua Bo-ue people? The wisdom we need to guide us is among all of us.

Let us, therefore, insist that those cult gangs and their collaborators surrender their arms and refrain from the reflexive response of initiating dangerous and irreversible gun actions. Let us insist that the unthinkable be avoided. As a community, let us gather and trust in the kind of careful discussions that all of our wise ancestors understood are necessary in such times.

When one is afflicted by fear, rage, pain or shock, no matter what the cause, one must stop, must pause, so that one’s response is reasoned. This is a time for great restraint. This is a time for deep thought. This is not the time for heroic action, but the time for everyone to enter into deep, heartfelt, selfless, tempered thought and prayer. This is not the time for opinions. This is the time for careful consideration. This is the time to take all the time necessary to save our
Gbam Bo-ue, Kereke Bo-ue, Kono Bo-ue, Nyor-Kwiri Bo-ue and Uegwere Bo-ue, Let us turn, each of us, to the wisdom in our traditions and in our communities. When each communities use to visit each communities during yam festival. Also, how we use to organize soccer competition among our communities. Let us bring together everything we know and everything our ancestors and fore-parents have ever known about mediation, problem solving and peacemaking. There are ways to live and respond in which no one is the loser. These will be revealed when everyone engages in heartfelt interchanges before irrevocable actions are undertaken. When we each act for restraint in the ways that are right for each of us. When we support each community to have the courage of peacemaking.

Silence is not the answer and war is not the solution. Let us turn to the wisdom of our hearts and the intelligence of compassion. Let us meet with each other in neighborhoods, places of prayer, public and private forums, councils, schools, parks, homes, across the Internet, across the miles, across community boundaries. Avoiding blame and without accusing each other, refusing to make enemies, let us take all the time we need to enter into prayerful discussion with each other. Let us, the people of each community, discover how, in these unprecedented circumstances, we will find the ways to address these critical issues so that our children will live and foster other generations.

I urge everyone who receives this plea to do everything possible that she or he can do to disarm and influence cult gangs in our beloved community to restrain their actions. As we move toward restraint, let us all enter into long, deep, contemplative consideration of the current predicament that confront us. I know that every communities in Bua Bo-ue want to be in peace and harmony again, that our children will live, that the lives of our loved ones will not end in a gun shot anymore.

It is time not to find blame and not to accuse and not to make enemies, but rather to relieve each other’s fear and to find faith in each other’s wisdom and thoughtfulness. It is time to meet with each other calmly and generously. To discover in dialogue and among each other how to be, how to act, what to do. We have what it takes among us. We have the heart among us. We have the intelligence among us. If we look to each other, as we must now, for understanding, surely, we shall save Bua Bo-ue community from destruction.

Thank you.
Engr. Moses Taaboo PhD in-view

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