Some Ijaw elders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have warned against the worrisome movement of the country towards collapse arising from threats of secession, wanton arrest of civil rights activists and killings.
The elders under the umbrella of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) led by its president, Prof Benjamin Okaba, said the Ijaw ethnic nationalities need to form a united front against those he referred to as “enemies”, who have become more aggressive and showing more impunity against the rights and demands of other regions including the Ijaw nation.
Okaba, in a statement said the Ijaw nation at this trying time needs to come together and pray for guidance and protection from their oppressors.
On the National Assembly members rejection of the electronic transmission of election results, Okaba slammed those that voted against the bill, saying it was another crack in the wall of unity of the country.
According to Okaba, the rejection has indicated that those who don’t want the interest of Nigeria are yet at work. He added that on a daily basis, people’s trust and confidence in the nation are being eroded and those who thought there might be electoral reforms have had their hopes dashed and are back to square one.