Posted by News Express | 21 January 2020 | 1,419 times
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Central Zone, on Monday said it would not allow the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to meet in any part of Bayelsa State.
Describing such a meeting as a threat to the Ijaw nation, IYC Chairman Kennedy Olorogun maintained that IPOB should restrict its agitations to the Southeast.
Olorogun told our reporter that the Ijaw were not part of Biafra and will never partake in IPOB’s activities.
He said he informed security agencies about the proposed meeting and sent a team to suspected venues to ensure that no part of the state was used for the meeting.
He said: “The agitations of Ijaw against the Federal Government was born at the Kaiama Declaration. Right from then, we have pursued these agitations bearing all consequences associated with them.
“We do not want to inherit another agitation. Therefore, we have warned IPOB to stay away from the Ijaw territory. We have said it time without number that Ijaw is not part of the Biafran territory. They should restrict their activities within their zone.
“We are calling on hardworking Igbo people in our state to go about their businesses and we also want them to warn their IPOB brothers to stay away from the state.
“Any Biafra group caught holding meeting anywhere in Bayelsa State will be tagged as a deliberate attempt to fight the Ijaw people in their house, and we will not tolerate that but will stand to defend our territory with anything
“We also urge Ijaw people to be vigilant and pass information should in case they notice such meeting any day or anywhere in Bayelsa State.” (The Nation)
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