Ijaw youth leader Chief Oboko Bello has warned that his kinsmen will return ‘fire-for-fire’ if they are attacked by security operatives in the Niger Delta.
His threat followed the militant groups’ withdrawal from a truce with the Federal Government and fear that soldiers may further be deployed in the creeks.
Bello, who is President, Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities (FNDIC) said: “The Ijaw must stay on the pathway to dialogue and reconciliation.”
“If and when attacked without provocation, the Ijaw would defend her nationhood by any means necessary,” he warned.
The FNDIC stalwart, while noting his kinsmen and their representatives are not “militants”, said only true federalism and the practice of genuine democracy would enhance enduring peace in the region.
He said: “The President-appointed Senator David Brigidi-led Niger Delta Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee (NDPCRC) is unfortunately offering the Federal Government Peace Deals in Bayelsa State on conditions that are neither fundamental nor core to the issues of Ijaw agitation for true federalism, democracy with equal political space and dialogue with reconciliation.
“The Federal Government has never abided by terms of agreement forming the Road-Map to Peace. For instance, instead of releasing them unconditionally, Chief D.S.P Alamie-yeseigha was convicted and MujahideenAsari Dokubo, granted bail by the court that is supposed to be independent.
“The Ijaw representatives in the Federal Government /Ijaw Joint Committee have secured a decision for the Federal Government to resolve the Ijaw question. The government, however displayed lack of courage to resolve the Ijaw question and hence she is finding a cheap way out through the Senator David Brigidi-led Committee that is readily offering Greek Gifts in the creeks of Bayelsa State . We hope the world is watching.”
– The Nation