The Nigeria military have been accused of allegedly declaring war against people of the Niger Delta by massive deployment of over 20 gun boats, troops and military helicopters to communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta state.
President of Ijaw Youth Council, Barr. Pereotubo Roland Oweilaemi, while reacting to the ugly development in a press statement, said the current deployment of troops to Niger Delta and harassment of the Gbaramatu monarch and his chiefs by the military while travelling on the water ways is highly condemnable and won’t be tolerated by IYC.
According to the IYC: “This unconstitutional deployment of troops of this magnitude without legislative approval will not only derail the existing peace in the region, it will also affect our peaceful co-existence as a corporate entity.
“IYC is also calling on the international community and friends of Nigeria to prevail on the Buhari government not to set Niger Delta on fire because of its political ambition.
“The entire region is very tensed now. We fear the military presence in the Gbaramatu Kingdom may cause total breakdown of law and order”.
IYC appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to immediately order for the withdrawal of troops from the region, noting that Nigeria’s economy will be at the receiving end, should there be any crisis in the region.
The IYC boss noted further “we fear the military presence in communities within Gbaramatu kingdom it may cause total breakdown of law and order”.