By Yomi Kareem
Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC Worldwide, has told the Federal Government to keep the proposed Ruga settlement for the Fulani herdsmen to the North, as the Ijaw nation does not have the land to accommodate foreigners.
Pereotubo R. Oweilaemi, Esq. IYC President, Worldwide, in a strong worded press release made available to Nigerian Pilot, posited this yesterday.
According to him; “the desert North is big enough for the Fulanis to rear their cattle. We will not accommodate people whose ultimate goal is to carry out religious jihad against their hosts in order to establish their Islamic caliphate. The Fulanis who have being terrorising the indigenous people in the Middle Belt as well as some parts of Southern Nigeria are seen as a Trojan horse to us.
“IYC rejects in its entirety the move by the Federal Government to establish the said Ruga settlement for the Fulanis. The Government should not by act or omission instigate ethno-religious crisis in the Country. The genocide being perpetrated against the Middle Beltans by these Fulani warmongers under Buhari’s government has not been addressed by the latter with a determined effort.”
Oweilaemi maintained that the height of the killings by the herdsmen, the presidency only said the Middle Belt people should relinquish their ancestral lands to the killer herdsmen or be ready to be killed continuously. How can we cede a land to such persons who take delight in massacring innocent people under the gleeful eyes of the federal government of Nigeria?
We will not invite such Trojan horses to our land in order not to betide future generations. We are warning the six governors of the South South states together with the Governor of Ondo State not to accept that dangerous proposal. Should any of them being politically cajoled to accept the proposal then we will take a bloody revolution against them and their imperial interest. This is not a warning. Ijaw people are ready to defend our land even with the last drop of our blood.
On the Fulani Vigilance Group, he stated that their message is the same. We don’t need any vigilante group; “If the Government of Nigeria cannot protect us then the Ijaw nation is able to protect our lands and people. We are able to protect our territorial integrity to ward off internal and external aggressors including criminal syndicates. The security of lives and property is constitutionally vested in the government,” he added.