Gbaramatu kingdom sends STRONG message to politicians as Nigerians make important decision on Saturday

 DO NOT CREATE ARTIFICIAL INSECURITY  IN OUR COMMUNITIES,  GBARAMATU SPOKESMAN WARNS   POLITICIANS 

The spokesman of Gbaramatu kingdom,  Warri South West local government area of Delta state,  Chief  Godspower Gbenekama, on Friday, February 15, 2019,  warned politicians not to create artificial insecurity in Ijaw  land,  particularly in  Gbaramatu communities. 

In a statement made available to journalists in Warri,  Chief Gbenakemi advised all politcians across  Ijaw land,  especially  Delta State and Gbaramatu Kingdom in particular to ensure that the people are allowed to have a peaceful poll.

He added: “And that everybody across Ijaw land maintain the peace we have laboured seriously to sustain before, during and after the elections.

“I am using this medium to also warn miscreants from other areas not to come to Ijaw land to create an enviroment of artificial  insecurity in the land, such as pipeline vandalism,  kidnapping,  armed robbery and other social  vices.

“Ijaws  are law abiding ctizens of this country, we have suffered enough from the unguided behaviours of few selfish and greedy politicians and strangers.

“WE WOULD NOT ALLOW GBARAMATU  KINGDOM TO BE USED AS BATTLE-GROUND BECAUSE OF ANYBODY’S INORDINATE AMBITION,  because when the chips are down, we would be left to suffer the consequences while such people go back to the communities or townships to live in their palatial houses.

“We would not relent in our resolve to ensure that we keep the peace as dirrected by HRM Oboro Gbaraun the 11,the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom”.

According to him: “We would not hesitate to hand over any trouble maker to security agencies during  the course of the general elections should we suspect any foul play during and after the elections.

“I also call on everyone, young and old to be vigilant and to ensure that we do not allow anybody from within and without to come and cause problems within our territory whereby giving the wrong impression that our area is insecured.  

“We  should not allow those who are looking for excuse to brand us as bad people to do what they have been longing to do to us as recent events in Gbaramatu kingdom suggest.

“Every Niger Deltan,  Ezon person,  and indeed Gbaramatuan, must maintain and keep the peace.This advice becomes necessary because our resolve to keep the peace and have  a peaceful poll might be put to test as politicians who may feel things are not going their way might want to cause problems”.

The Gbaramatu  Spokesman continued thus; “We should not give any person the opportunity to suggest a cancellation  of our votes.Though successive governments have not treated us in the way we deserved, I believe as long as we remain peaceful,  one day God would hear our cry very.

“I appeal to the security agencies to be professional in carrying out their duties, if they gain the confidence of the people, then their work would be successful because the people would now see them as partners and not intimidators and oppressors.

“The military high command should also ensure that they monitor the activities of their  personnel,  because we have suffered greatly in the hands of some overzealous  military personnel who sometimes treat us as less humans.

“I also want to appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers to keep the peace and not to preempt the outcome of the elections and threaten to cause problems, we should still give the federal government the benefit of doubt, believing that the electoral process and the umpire would not be compromised.

“They should look at the suffering of the ordinary citizens each time these agitations happen. It’s not about any candidate but the interest of our people”.

He  called on every youth in Niger Delta and indeed Gbaramatu kingdom to be vigilant and ensure that they  report any suspicious behaviour and movement to  the Gbaramatu traditional council,  “So  that we can also work with security agents to nip the problem in the bud.

It is only through this that we can  have peaceful elections and make our votes count.  We should not be docile and feel unconcerned and when criminals from outside are influenced to vandalise oil  pipelines, kidnap and involve in other bad things in our area, we that are innocent are always held responsible”.

In his words also; “Ensure that any criminal element who causes problem within this period is handed over to  security agents. We should not allow one bad egg to destroy our common patrimony. The Federal Government should please provide a level playing ground for all candidates so that we the electorate can perform our franchise peacefully.

“Do not create any situation to warrant anybody to resort to self help.   Lastly, Every son and daughter of Gbaramatu kingdom must ensure that they mobilise themselves and every legible voter to our communities and ensure that our votes count, that is the only way our voices can  be heard and our sufferings can come to an end

 “I want to  commend  the Ijaw  Rebirth  National  Congress  ( IRNC) for also coming out recently to  warn against any plot to attack oil facilities in Ijaw communities. The group in a statement by Comrade  Luke  Owei,  Facilitator of the  group made it clear that such a plot could be intended to disrupt the outcome of elections in Ijaw communities. This statement is laudable and we should do everything to maintain the prevailing peace,  especially at a time like this”, Chief  Godspower Gbenekama said. 

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