A Niger Delta group, South South Legacy Forum has distanced the Ijaw nation from the activities of the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, stressing that the group is demonic.
The group said only a “foolhardy” will fraternized with IPOB which has the sole aim of provoking hate in “order to heighten the miseries precipitated by the forces of corruption in the land.”
Leader of the group, Frank Ogbotobo, who made the remark in a statement, also urged all Ijaw people to behave responsibly in the affairs of Nigeria.
Ogbotobo said, “It is foolhardy for the Ijaw in the Niger Delta to fraternize with demonic forces, whose sole aim is to provoke hate in order to heighten the miseries precipitated by the forces of corruption in the land.
“Nigeria has never witnessed such density of hate in the history of agitations, as Kanu and his IPOB have wrought in the short span of their activities.
“And the IYC itself knows that the militancy in the Niger Delta did not evince such hate among Nigerians, even at the peak of the criminality it later assumed with the accompanying loss of focus.
“Ijaws no longer have reason to be violent or destructive. The Ijaws have no option but to behave responsibly in the affairs of Nigeria and, to think and act as major stakeholders in the Nigerian project. This, indeed, is the new thinking of President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda and we must strive to live up to it.”