Itsekiri National Youth Leader Warn FG against rising Issues in Niger Delta

“The Nigerian Government should not be seen as acting against itself by succumbing to blackmail in the face of the judgement of the highest court of the land with respect to the naming of the site of the university.’’

Itsekiri National Youth Leader Warn FG against rising Issues in Niger Delta-Surge.ng
President Muhammadu Buhari/ Photo credit Punch

Mr. Esimaje Awani who is the president of Itsekiri National Youth Council has warned Federal Government of Nigeria to be careful that the system employed to tackle the Niger Delta crisis does not end up escalating it.

Mr. Esimaje Awani on Thursday said: “I can say authoritatively that some of the proposals currently on the table do not constitute sustainable solution in a civilised society but only amount to negotiation of the very values upon which civilised societies rest. Unfortunately, these proposals have been placed on the front burner of issues obviously because they are intended to achieve ignoble aims, including to illegally claim territories belonging to other ethnic groups, making it appear, therefore, that there is only one ethnic group in the Niger Delta region.’’

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“I call on the Federal Government to either be a government or accept that Nigeria is a failed state, in which case, people should be allowed to take laws into their hands, carry guns and blow up pipelines and have their demands met even if they are against the laws of the land.”

Speaking on the unconcluded issue of naming the proposed Nigeria Maritime University, Awani said:

“The Nigerian Government should not be seen as acting against itself by succumbing to blackmail in the face of the judgement of the highest court of the land with respect to the naming of the site of the university.’’

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‘’By the pronouncement of the Supreme Court on the issue, the place remains Okerenghigho and not Okerenkoko and if any group of people is interested in having a university in the area, I believe that will be the Itsekiri, but why should the executive arm of government act against the judicial arm? We want to beg the government not to reward lawlessness because the ability to disrupt the flow of oil pipelines is not the exclusive preserve of one tribe. Those who elect not to destroy oil facilities should never be taken for granted.”

He adviced the Federal Government to revisit its options ensure that the law is allowed to reign instead of agreeing to blackmail which could cause anarchy.

 

 

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