By Our Correspondent
Ijaw youths have accused Kaduna State Governor, Mallam El Rufai, of inciting the north against the Niger Delta region.
This follows, the governor’s alleged claims that the Niger Delta militants were hired to carry out attacks in Southern Kaduna.
Reacting to the claims, the youths under the auspices of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, condemned the remarks describing it as reckless.
In a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, they appealed to the governor to stop using innocent Niger Deltans as scapegoats if he had failed in his duty to protect the lives and properties of Southern Kaduna people.
“This statement is reckless and highly condemnable. Mallam El-Rufai having failed in his duty to protect the lives and properties of the people of southern Kaduna should not use innocent Niger Deltans as scapegoats.
“Niger Deltans have no business going all the way to Kaduna or any part of Nigeria to attack Nigerians. We call on Nigerians and the security agencies to hold Governor El-Rufai responsible for any attack on Niger Deltans in the north as a result of his irresponsible statement.
“The Fulani herdsmen, who El-Rufai paid for killing people are well known to the world, hence Niger Deltans should not be linked under any circumstances to the unwarranted killings going on in southern Kaduna.
“We also call the federal government to as a matter of urgency bring the killings in southern Kaduna to a stop and bring the perpetrators to justice including Governor El-Rufai”.
Omare further claimed that the recent call by President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta agitators to come to negotiation table was a subterfuge to deceive Nigerians and the world.
He said the call was aimed at creating a false impression that the Federal Government was ready for dialogue “whereas it is not”.
“The Buhari administration is the one frustrating attempts at negotiation and not Niger Delta agitators.
“The Niger Delta leaders and stakeholders have done everything possible to start the negotiation process which have been frustrated by the federal government.
“IYC, therefore, call on President Buhari to demonstrate sincerity towards negotiating with the Niger Delta people by constituting the government negotiation team rather than Christmas day rhetoric”, he said.