By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— Following recent threat by Boko Haram Islamic sect to bring down the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan, youths of the Niger Delta have vowed to protect the presidency.
South-South Youth Leaders Forum and Association of Ethnic Nationalities in Niger Delta, in a statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, described the statement credited to Boko Haram as a grand design by some northern elders to destabilise the country.
The statement by Amachree Odiadom and Mike Udofia, vowed to counter any such move by Boko Haram and called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately declare the leader of the sect wanted and commence a massive man hunt for him.
The group expressed worry over the silence by the northern political leaders and elites on the said comment, stressing that it was becoming clear by the day that Boko Haram was set up by some political class in the north to forcefully take over power from President Jonathan.
Calling on northern leaders and elites to caution Boko Haram, the youths said they would not hesitate to cut supply of petroleum products to the north and occupy oil and gas fields in the South, if they fail to call their subjects to order.
The Niger Delta youths also urged the Federal Government to discontinue any plan to negotiate with Boko Haram.