By Perez Brisibe
IJAW youths under the umbrella body of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has said they would be meeting in a couple of days to take a stand on the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on its former president, Dr. Chris Ekiyor and other Ijaws who have been attacked by the herdsmen.
Ekiyor was reportedly attacked last Thursday by suspected Fulani herdsmen who shot at his car and others along the East-West road injuring six passengers including a serving member of the NYSC who was shot on the left side of his chest and both arms.
The youths also warned that the Ijaw nation would have no option than to defend itself saying, “We are very fit to defend ourselves, would use whatever resources at our disposal to resist these attacks as the Ijaw nation has never been defeated in any war.”
The position of the youths was given by the IYC president, Owielaemi Pereotubo during a solidarity visit to Dr. Ekiyor at his Patani country home over the attack on him.
Owielaemi who described the incident as unfortunate and an attack on the Ijaw nation, noted that the Ijaw people would sit, fold its arms and wait for terrorist under the guise of Fulani herdsmen to attack its people.
He said: “In a couple of days, the Ijaw nation would gather and decide the next line of action to take on this and many others that has to do with security of lives and properties in the Niger Delta and the Ijaw nation and we would come up with our position.
“The Ijaw nation would rise up to the occasion and defend ourselves at the appropriate time. We would use whatever resources at our disposal to resist these attacks and we want the world to know that this is unacceptable and we cannot be intimidated