By Emma Amaize
WARRI—A Niger Delta-based human rights activist and environmentalist, Sheriff Mulade, yesterday, lashed out at some Niger Delta leaders, whom he accused of propagating hatred, suspicion and division among youths across the different ethnic groups in the region.
Mulade, also a House of Assembly aspirant for Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, in a statement, identified ethnic hatred as one of the main causes of under-development in the region, saying that some of the leaders were laying wrong precedent for the next generation.
“As at today, it is a statement of fact that our leaders have sold to the next generation attitude of ethnic hatred, divisive and suspicion, which will take over four to five decades to erase from the minds of the youths.
‘If nothing is done to carry out massive advocacy to change the mindset of people in the area, it might affect the unity of the next generation,” he warned.
He appealed to leaders and major stakeholders in the region “to begin inter-ethnic peaceful coexistence in Nigeria in order to attract the needed development to Niger Delta. It is unfortunate that because of ethnic sentiments and hatred which had eaten deep in the minds of the people, they no longer have regard for human life, the greatest asset of the people of the region.”