Published On: Fri, Nov 18th, 2016

WAR LOOMS AS URHOBO YOUTHS GIVE IJAW INDIGENES 14 DAYS ULTIMATUM

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iyc-logoIJAW YOUTH COUNCIL
(IYC) WORLDWIDE

 

November 18, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

The attention of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has been
drawn to a publication in several newspapers where one Comrade Sunday Subi, who is the Chairman of the Urhobo Progress Union, Youth Wing in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, gave 14days ultimatum to Ijaws in Udu Kingdom to leave Udu within 14 days. The reason for this ultimatum is said to be because of Urhobos that were allegedly kidnap at Aladja Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

The said ultimatum has generated a lot of apprehension among Ijaws and Urhobos in different parts of the country and beyond. The IYC calls on Ijaws resident in Udu Kingdom and different parts of Urhobo nation to be calm. The highest level of Ijaw and Urhobo leadership are working hard together with the Delta State Government to restore peace between the Ijaw communities of Ogbe-Ijoh and Isaba and, the Urhobos of Aladja. There is no inter-ethnic conflict between the Ijaws and Urhobos to warrant any ultimatum.

The aged long boundary disputes between the Ijaws of Ogbe-Ijoh,
Isaba, Diebiri and the Urhobos of Aladja are local issues and have nothing to do with the wider relationship between the Ijaw and Urhobo ethnic nationalities.  The Ijaws and Urhobos shares common challenges and have had a very long historic relationship hence there is no cause for inter-ethnic conflict between the two ethnic groups.

The information available to the IYC leadership is that the Urhobos that were held at Isaba Community have since Friday, the 11th of November, 2016 handed over to a combined team of Navy, Army and members of the Delta State Land and Waterways Committee led by its Chairman, Chief Boro Opudu.

However, the leadership of the IYC is still investigating the further
allegation of abduction of Urhobos. The IYC commit to working with Urhobo Elders and Youths leaders towards an amicable resolution of the aged long boundary disputes between the Ijaws of Ogbe-Ijoh, Isaba, Diebiri and the Urhobos of Aladja and we call on all Ijaw and Urhobo youths to give the leadership of the two ethnic groups and the Delta State Government the opportunity to find a peaceful solution to the problem.

Signed for the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC ) Worldwide

Eric Omare,

Spokesman

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