Ahead of the February 14 inauguration of a new administration in Bayelsa State, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has reportedly uncovered an ongoing plan by aggrieved politicians to cause unrest in the state.
Secretary-General of IYC, Alfred Kemepado, stated in Yenagoa yesterday that the incoming administration was in need of sound advice that would stabilise the polity and not the creation of needless crisis to massage the ego of some disgruntled politicians.He advised persons involved in the alleged plot to desist from it and seek ways to promote peace and the development of the state. Kemepado called on Bayelsans to resist the temptation of being used to promote violence in the guise of politics.
The umbrella body of Ijaw youths worldwide also called on security agencies to arrest those who attacked the residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Council of the state.“IYC condemns any plot to cause unrest and political instability in Bayelsa, the only homogeneous Ijaw state.
“We advise those who mean well for Bayelsa to come up with ideas and suggestions that will prosper the state and not to cause division and instability in any arm of government just to satisfy their greed,” it stated.
According to IYC, Bayelsa does not only belong to the “politicians who constitute less than one per cent of the population”. “We call on the people of Bayelsa, especially youths, to resist the temptation of being used to promote any form of violence in the name of politics.
“It is the bulk of ordinary and innocent Bayelsans that are always at the receiving end of any form of political instability. We call on those plotting against the destiny of the state to walk away from their evil plots and join hands to ensure a peaceful transition that would usher in the new government.
“Politics of any manner should end with the past electoral exercise and any person or party who feels unjustly treated should seek redress in the law courts as they are doing currently.”The group promised to mobilise youths to maintain the peace and not allow unscrupulous midnight politicians and merchants of instability to spark violence and sacrifice the youths.“We also seize the opportunity to once again condemn the attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan. We call on the security agencies to uncover and arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.”