Ijaw Militants Warn Wole Soyinka & Falana To Keep Off Rivers State

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July 28, 2013 – Ijaw Militants Warn Prof Wole Soyinka & Falana To Keep Off Rivers State

  • We cannot guarantee the safety of anyone interested and plotting to throw Rivers or any other Niger Delta States into turmoil
  • We will not fold our hands and allow the sponsored onslaught in the Niger Delta under the guise of civil society gathering.

A militant group, Ijaw Freedom Fighters (IFF), and a non-governmental organisation, Ijaw People’s Development Initiatives (IPDI), yesterday, warned Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), to steer clear of Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Several civil rights groups have scheduled a rally for that day in the city to protest against what they see as repeated assaults on democracy in the state by some people.
IFF and IPDI said they cannot guarantee the safety of Soyinka, Falana and other non Niger Deltans if they decide to participate in the protest.
The two groups described the position of the civil rights groups on the Rivers crisis as vexatious.

IFF leader, Sese Gideon, said his group “will not allow non-Niger Deltans to add insult in a matter that can be settled without bloodshed.”
Gideon, in a statement, entitled ‘We will not take your coming to Rivers kindly’ said: “We are a group of youths along the creeks, waterways and uplands of the states in the Niger Delta region. We are committed to the protection of rights, privileges and freedom of the Niger Delta people.

“We met and observed with interest the continued frivolous and vexatious statements credited to perceived egg heads and civil activists like Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana and many others on the current crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“While we blame the political class in Rivers and Abuja for allowing such comments due to their indiscretion and show of shame, we will not allow non-Niger Deltans to add insult in a matter that can be settled without bloodshed. We have listened to the name-calling and tongue-lashing of the President and his wife by the civil society but what we will not take kindly to is the invasion being planned by the non-Niger Deltans in Rivers State.

“If the people of Rivers want to protest, they should protest and demand for what is right. But when it is shown, as clearly displayed, that it is targeted to ridicule and further discredit the South-South and its quest for Presidency in 2015, we cannot guarantee anyone’s safety again. We are not interested in who impeached whom but we will not fold our hands and allow the sponsored onslaught in the Niger Delta under the guise of civil society gathering.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of anyone interested and plotting to throw Rivers or any other Niger Delta States into turmoil”.
The IPDI leader, Austin Ozobo, called the planned protest “ill timed” and “ridiculous”.
He said his group has met with over 50 civil society groups in Warri, Delta State and appealed to the people Rivers State to shun the protest to avert further bloodshed.

“We urge the police and other security agencies in the state to endeavour to put off the protest to avoid rival group clash and stop planned further cause of disaffection in the state.

“The crisis in Rivers State is a minor issue that does not need external solution as warring leaders could resolve their differences if they mean well for Rivers.”
They warn external forces interference as such will add fire to the situation at hand. We are a body of civil activists in the six states of the Niger Delta and were never part of any planned protest in Rivers State.”

Professor Soyinka and Mr. Falana had condemned the Presidency, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, the state Police Command and the five anti-Amaechi members of the State Assembly for their roles in fuelling the crisis in the state.

[Culled from The Nation]

13 thoughts on “Ijaw Militants Warn Wole Soyinka & Falana To Keep Off Rivers State

  1. The North should go and settle BokoHaram Issue first before indulging themselves in matters that does not hold much ground as theirs.Fools! Sycophants! They are just there because of the oil in the Naija Delta while their home is on fire.We simply don’t need your assistant.Blood sucking scavengers! Stay clear we didn’t call for ur solidarity.We will settle our matter. Western region included,beware!!!

  2. You people from the. Western part of nigeria should leaved naija delta allone and be focus in things that are imtortant to you.

  3. You d so called Niger deltas r taking your luck too far,let anything happen to the two lights of Yorubas n see if we will not run you to the sea. Stupid amphibians

    • Fool. All of u are cowards. If it happens now u will chicken out as u did during d civil war.the stupid lights of the yorubas should stay at home and stop fomenting trouble in RS. We don’t need them. If they come and get eliminated nothing you the yorubas can do except you don’t want a tribe known as yoruba to exist anymore in d world’s map.be warned

  4. I hate d unnecessary interfence of wole soyinka and other aliens in the internal affairs of Rivers State. Frat affiliation with amaechi or any other self-serving ground is no justification for such act of indiscretion by an elder statesman to be dancing naked in public. Rivers State is autonomous in its own sphere of authority. Strangers we declare you persona non grata in RS. If you carry out any demonsration your safety cannot be guaranteed and you risk losing your life for the peanut that amaechi wants to dole out to all participants who have no moral right to be in Port Harcourt protesting.

    • I don’t blame you,when you don’t know good things when you see one. All over Rivers nobody can stand up to justice n when Soyinka n Falana decided to help you ppl can’t appreciate them. Just make sure nothing negative happen to them.

  5. U naija deltans are very hopeless, do u have some one like soyinka in ur place, u should be greatful that someone of his caliber visited ur area. Blood thirsty fools…:p;(

  6. We are one 9ja, so anytin that affect one trib automatically affect all. Rs cannot settel dear problem alone, we has 2 join hands n make peace.

  7. We are one 9ja, so anytin that affect one trib automatically affect all. Rs cannot settel dear problem alone, we has 2 join hands n make peace. Pls stop bleming any one.

  8. Good day Nigerians,what is our problem?River State matter it has being handle by National Assemble all is to allow peace to rains till when they set committee to look into the issue that is generating all this problem in River State House of Assemble,You all that are trowing abuse should go and find something doing.Our respected Pro Wole Soyinka and SAN Femi Falana should be Patience to see what National Assemble can do about the River State Issue.If they fail to resolve it in time then let them take the Federal Government and National Assemble to court and challenge them their. We knows that this leader don’t want anything problems in any part of the country,But please let us see what the National Assemble can do.

  9. ALL Nigerians should give National Assemble Chance to do their work to look into River State House of Assemble and forget any Protest to allow Peace rains.Safety is what Nigeria needs.

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