The Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, has revealed alleged planned attack orchestrated against Ijaw people of Edo state.
In a statement Oct. 5, by President, IYC worldwide, Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq., said that those who planned the alleged attack shared their to-be modus operandi on social media.
Oweilaemi opined that the plan was sponsored by Bini Kingdom and, he called on the appropriate authorities to wade into the matter. He however added that Ijaws were not cowards but his call for immediate intervention by security agents was for peace to reign.
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to a viral video currently trending in the social media where some persons armed with assorted rifles, threatened to attack Ijaw people in Edo State.
“Ordinarily, IYC would not have responded to such cowardice act of feeble minds as the Ijaw nation is equal to the task but for the sake of peace and harmony.
“If the faces that appeared in the footage are people being sponsored by the Bini Kingdom, then we are surprised why they choose to use such sickening method to threaten people who are ever ready to protect themselves and their lands?
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Ijaw man can never be cowed or emasculated by the threats of those fugitive miscreants. We will not abandon our ancestral lands in Edo State for anybody including the Bini land grabbers.
“The entire Ijaw nation is solidly standing behind the Ijaws in Edo State. We will not take it likely if those Bini warmongers make good with their threat of violence against any Ijaw settlements in the State.
“Such will be responded to with a bloody fratricidal war. Those beating the gong of war should be wary of the consequences of their actions.
“The silence of the Bini Kingdom in the face of this provocative video footage by those alleged Bini delinquents is preposterous and suspicious. The Oba of Benin’s gleeful silence means that the delinquents are speaking his mind.
“We are calling on the Edo State and the Federal Governments to immediately take steps to investigate the video. The security agencies should also rise up to the occasion by investigating the source of the video and bring to book anybody found culpable.
“The Ijaw people will not sit idle bye and allow the Bini warmongers to attack us. If the governments fail and/or refuse to carry out their primary functions of securing lives and property then the Ijaws in Edo State will protect themselves against invaders.”