By Victor Ahiuma-Young
NOT bothered by conflicting reports emanating from the Senate on creation of more states, the Ijaws have renewed their demand for the creation of Toru-Ibe State, to cater for the interest of Ijaws in Delta and other South-south states, to avoid a looming political crisis in 2015.
Speaking through Adanse Felix, a Niger Delta activist and former Labour Party Candidate for Warri North constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, in 2011 general elections, they claimed that the Ijaws, were being treated like third class citizens and being victimized at any given opportunity.
According to him, “we wish to use this medium to express our gratitude to the leadership of the National Assembly for its forthrightness and visionary leadership as it pertains to the public hearing of the review of the 1999 constitution, in a bid to produce a virile, friendly Nigerian Constitution.
The public hearing held across the 360 Federal constituencies was a farce and a charade as its outcome would hardly influence the end product of the people’s constitution.”
However, the Ijaws of Warri Federal constituency, which comprises of Egbema, Gbaramatu, Isaba and Ogbe ‘Ijoh kingdoms in our Yes vote, demanded for the creation of more states. This is a defining moment for the Ijaws in this divide.