Ijaw leader and former governorship candidate in Delta State, Chief Afro Biukeme, has warned that the Ijaw and Itsekiri were not ready to be involved in a fresh crisis over the recent pipeline bombings by suspected militants in Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state.
“As leaders, we should be concerned about how to proffer lasting solutions to the continued sufferings faced by our people because many of our Ijaw and Itsekiri riverine communities are lacking basic amenities such as roads, potable water, schools, hospitals, among others,” Biukeme said, calling on those instigating violence to desist.
He also called on militants in the state to stop further bombing and destruction of federal government’s assets, but should express whatever grievances they have legitimately to sustain the prevailing peace in the region.
Biukeme expressed dissatisfaction over the inability of Delta State Government to provide adequate security for lives and property in the state. He noted that cases of kidnappings, killings and robbery were threatening the peace and economic development of the state.