Hasty to blame Niger Delta militants for Lagos and Ogun killings – Clark

Citing absence of proper investigation by the security agencies, foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark yesterday said it was premature to conclude that Niger Delta militants were responsible for the recent invasion of Lagos and Ogun states communities last week leaving many dead and injured.

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To douse the tension, Yoruba and Ijaw leaders are planning a summit for July 1 in Lagos.

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Speaking yesterday, Chief Clark confirmed the planned meeting, saying, “There would be a summit of the Ijaw and Yoruba leaders on Friday at The Eko Hotels and Suites to discuss and douse the tension between the Yoruba and the Ijaw people.

According to the elder statesman, “The leaderships of the two nations have agreed to meet to douse the tension arising from the killings in the Ogun and Lagos communities. In the first place, it is totally wrong for the security agents or anybody to conclude that Ijaw or Niger Delta militants were responsible for the killings without proper investigations.

The Federal Government should investigate the matter properly before the security agents would come out to issue statement and or blame anybody.”

Clark debunked insinuations that the two ethnic nationalities might have lost confidence in the Nigerian state: “No we have not lost confidence in the country. On the contrary, what we are simply trying to achieve is to avert problem.

There are several crises in the country already. We wouldn’t want any crisis between the Ijaw and Yoruba people.”

National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin on behalf of Chief Reuben Fasoranti said the two ethnic groups have agreed that a joint consultative meeting must hold quickly to nip the crisis in the bud and reaffirm the joint humanity of both nations against wanton destruction of human lives symbolised by the atrocious carnage.

Afenifere’s statement partly reads: “Towards this end, an emergency summit of the two nations will hold in Lagos on Friday, July 1.2016 but in the meantime the leaders appealed to peoples of the two nations to sustain their existing peace.”

Meanwhile, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), in a statement by its spokesperson, Sina Akinpelu yesterday condemned the incessant attacks on its people by the hoodlums, describing the killing and maiming of innocent persons in Yoruba communities as callous.

While restating the Yoruba race’s commitment to peace, Akinpelu called on perpetrators as well as those aspiring to attack Yorubaland or its interests to have a rethink warning that that there would be immediate and far-reaching reprisals if such continues.

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  1. Since Jonathan left office as president, the average man in the streets of Lagos, or die hard supporters of the ruling party have never hidden their desire to eliminate the Ijaws as if, Jonathan alone is PDP. This attitude is exhibited at all levels. Sometimes in February 2016, a banker who visited a Lady Doctor who happened to be a Yoruba woman. When she asked what part of Nigeria he comes from? see the name strange, and he said Ijaw. She accused him and his tribesmen as the trouble of the country that needed to be wiped out. He reported the threat to the Hospital Authorities and left without getting the treatment.

    Are people not surprised that pipeline vandals in the heart of Yoruba land is blamed on Ijaws. First, they alleged, it was Tompolo boys, and he allegedly visited the place and found non of his former boys. All these unconfirmed allegation is a plan to repeat in a greater scale what OPC arranged attacks in Ajegunle in 1999 during Tinubu Administration. Then, Boundary and Mile 2 Exits were blocked, while OPC was attacking and burning houses in Ajegunle while the Police maintained the blockage without intervening for four (4)days. Now, Tinubu’s right hand man is in charge. Certainly, sensible people need to intervene, otherwise, it will be bloody and the consequences at both ends will not be palatable. Propaganda, the most destructive instrument has being in their control over the years, and it has being in use for some times now since the final days of Jonathan and when he left office peacefully. Now, the Niger Delta agitators are at work, it is the right time to call the dog a bad name and kill it. Ethnic cleansing is impossible these days, some persons in power will have very ugly dates with ICC (International Criminal Court). No one turns his own home to battle field as the Niger Deltans have done on account of decades of oppression and destruction of their God given environment and wealth without anything to show for it. War is a dangerous thing, no one gets into it and escape unscarred. Those who live in class houses never throw stone first. And those who are in minority in a given environment do not try or deliberately attract the wrath of the majority.

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