We have no opposition to your report.
We will take this opportunity to state our position
on reconvening on October 16. We welcome dialogue with our neighbors.
However, as we have made clear, we will not partake in discussions on issues
associated with the title of the Olu of Warri and the ownership of
Warri because they are not in dispute, irrelevant to the current
crisis in Warri and of personal interest to Itsekiri people. We
have not seen, heard or read anything to change our opinion. As Governor
Ibori and Chief Edwin Clark, who denounced claims of the existence of
Okere-Urhobo kingdom, advised Mr. Okumagba in Asaba, Delta State,
about three weeks
ago, we ask those who feel disaffected to seek redress through lawfully constituted institutions. This will be our last comment on this issue.
We note that Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo leaders
meeting with Governor Ibori agree that the single identifiable flash
point of the Warri Crisis is the Ijaw perception of the LGA headquarters
relocation from Ogbe-Ijoh. We ought to give support to efforts
to resolve that issue while we direct our energies to seeking
solutions to the serious matters of economic and political empowerment
for our people. We are eager to join discussions on areas of common
Itsekiris, Ijaws, Urhobos, etc., but are disinclined to reconvene to "simply pick up on the arguments where we left them."