By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”VICE-CHAIRMAN of Oporoza Federated Communities in Gbaramatu kingdom, Delta State, Apostle Clement Tonfawei, has raised the alarm over deepening cold war between the supposed leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND), Mr. Henry Okah and a former commander of the militant group, Mr. Victor Ben, alias Boyloaf on one side, and militant linchpin, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and top Niger-Delta activist, Mr. George Timinimi on the other.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, the Niger-Delta youth leader said, â€œI want to appeal to them (Okah and Boyloaf) that they should not allow themselves to be used to destroy the struggle. It is only when we are united that the Nigerian government will respect usâ€.
Adding, â€œThe struggle is about us and so I am imploring Henry Okah and Boyloaf to see themselves as brothers, friends and partners out to unite the Ijaw nationâ€.
â€œWe must not give the Federal Government the room to use our own wealth to divide us. I am begging Henry Okah and Boyloaf to continue to live together so that we can take the Ijaw people to the Promised Land.
If we do not come together as one people, the Nigerian Government will continue to enslave us in our own land. Henry Okah and Boyloaf must not fight themselves; rather they should join forces to fight their common enemyâ€, he stated.
On the feud between Tompolo and Timini, who is the present Commissioner for Water Resources in Delta State, he asserted, â€œThere are lots of rumours going on that the Gbaramatu people are betraying one another, we should stop carrying dangerous rumours.
We, Gbaramatu people are brothers and sisters, we are one people and we should not allow rumours to divide us. I am suing for peace among the Gbaramatu people. We must not allow anything to divide us because we have come a long way as a people. Let us shun these rumours capable of dividing usâ€.
According to him, â€œWe must know that our enemies do not want to see us live together hence they are spreading different rumours designed to make us hate one another.
Tompolo and George Timinimi must bury the hatchet. Let us put the Gbaramatu crisis caused by our enemies behind us and let