IYC to Nigerians: Stop Demonizing Ijaw People

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Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

The Ijaw Youth Council, Worldwide, headquartered in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday warned those who are in the habit of ascribing every negative action in the region and beyond to the Ijaw people to stop it forthwith.

President of the organisation, Mr Udengs Eradiri, who spoke with journalists in the state capital, noted that the Ijaw youths took special exception to the accusation that people from the area had been attacking Lagos and Ogun states.

He urged security agencies to take their jobs seriously and unveil those behind the recent attacks on communities in the two states, describing them as mere criminals.

“I want to make the Ijaw position very clear. Nigeria should stop ascribing anything negative to the Ijaw people. Niger Delta Avengers are not Ijaw people. Security agencies should stop transferring their jobs to community leaders. We refuse to eat sand as food”, Eradiri said.

He appealed to Yoruba people not to be taken in by the ”propaganda” currently going on, reminding them of the last OPC\Ijaw crisis which he said was stoked by issues that are inconsequential.