The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide on Monday said the invasion of the residence of its former President Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo by the military was an invitation to war.
In a statement by the IYC National President, Barrister Oweilaemi Pereotubo, said the Ijaw Nation viewed the above actions as a deliberate declaration of war, adding that as a people with rights they would not watch their people continue to be killed.
Oweilaemi said the “unprovoked, unnecessary and illegal arrest of our leader will not be accepted by the Ijaw people.”
IYC therefore called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Nigerian Army to order and restore a civil administration of justice as clearly enshrined in the constitution.
“Only a few days ago, the residence of King Ateke Tom in Okuchiri, in Okrika local Government area was invaded and one shot dead with several injured and properties destroyed.
“Within the period of these elections Ijaw people have lost over fifty people and everyone of it has been caused directly or indirectly by the cheer desperation of the All Progressive congress led Government,” the statement reads.
IYC added that as a peace- loving people they have orchestrated and accepted the proclamation of the Amnesty programs as a means and vehicle towards the cessation of arms conflict and violence to enable the region have its fair share of aggressive government attention.
The group added at the same time the amnesty has given the federal government the avenue to deal with the age long issues of deprivation marginalisation and underdevelopment which has led to the relative peace enjoyed in the region.
“However let it be on record that if anything happens to Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo, the Ijaw Nation will take steps that will not be convenient to the Nigerian Nation.
“We have bled too much to keep the unity of this Nation. Enough is enough.
“We want to use this medium to inform the Nigeria people and the international community that the peace of our region is being destroyed and the implications will be grave.
“Rivers is not at war and we wonder why the militarisation especially when the North East is ravaged by the non- stop effects of the deadly terrorise group Boko Haram and the military is comfortable here and not in such areas of gross necessity.
“We looked patiently to the resolution of his unethical action of the Nigeria Military by the President and commander in chief of the federal republic of Nigeria,” the group stated.