WARRI – THE Ethnic Nationalities of the Niger Delta, have stated that they cannot be part of the proposed Ijaw region by the Ijaw National Congress, INC.
The group also described as barbaric, the attacks and killings of Itsekiri natives by armed Ijaw militants and charged the Federal Government to urgently intervene to stem the possibility of an escalation into a regional crisis.
In a communiqué signed by representatives of the group after an enlarged meeting at Uyo, Akwa Ibom state by Dr. Cyril M. Ekiko, Obong Aniedi Ndem, Edward Ekpoko, Amorighoye S.Mene, Chief Augustine W. Okajie, Prince Vincent E.O. Chukwu and Shadrach Ebiana respectively for the Ibibio, Itsekiri,Ikwerre and Isoko ethnic nationalities, they dissociated themselves from the proposed Ijaw region, saying that it is a “Frankenstein Monster”.
“If ethnic nationalities in the South-South are suffocating under the political weight of the Ijaws in the present dispensation, it is obvious that an Ijaw Region including these ethnic nationalities will be a nightmare”.
It would be recalled that in the proposed Ten (10) Federating Units for Nigeria by Ijaw apex body, the Ijaw National Congress, INC, the Ijaw region would include territories belonging to the Ibibios, Ikwerre, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ilaje, Benin and Urhobo ethnic nationalities.
The communiqué condemned in strong terms the “recent unprovoked and barbaric attacks on some Itsekiri communities in Warri North council area of Delta State, leading to the destruction of lives and property” and called on the government to fish out those behind same for prosecution to stem the current wave of crisis in the Niger Delta region.