By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA—Ijaw National Congress, INC, yesterday, condemned calls by some extremists for extradition of southerners from the North.
It also urged organised labour and the government to reach a compromise on the issue of fuel subsidy in the interest of the masses.
Chairman of INC, Abuja branch, Chief Goddy Idaminabo, also warned some groups, whom he alleged were drumming for war under the guise of fuel subsidy removal, to desist from it and work for the unity of the country.
Idaminabo, who handed down the warning at a press briefing on the state of the nation in Abuja, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to liaise with the National Assembly to convene a Sovereign National Conference to address the unity of the country.
He said: “The call by these extremists for southerners to move to the South and for Christians to stop worshipping their God in the North is condemnable. We are aware that there are many Christians of northern extraction in the North and this makes the call unreasonable.
“The Ijaw Nation is watching with keen interest the unpleasant scenarios in the country and as peace loving Nigerians, we are worried about the spate of unprovoked killings here and there in the North, in order to make the country ungovernable.
“We had in the past supported leaders from other ethnic groups to achieve their programmes and aspirations towards nation building. The distraction being given to the present administration in its transformation agenda is, to say the least, worrisome.
“The Ijaw Nation therefore asserts as follows: that the Ijaw Nation is concerned about recent developments in the country and the attendant insecurity caused by extremists.”