Ita-Giwa urges N/Delta youths to drop arms


Former Presidential Adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has appealed to youths of the Niger Delta not to take to arms, but to remain patient and dialogue with the Federal Government to seek the development of the region.

“I am appealing to the youths of the Niger Delta to be patient. We all appreciate the sufferings of the Niger Deltans including the people of Bakassi, but in the name of God, I am appealing for patience and dialogue as one of the mothers of the region,” she said to The Nation yesterday.

The Bakassi leader urged the leadership of the Niger Delta to call for an all-inclusive emergency summit, for all groups and interests in the region to come together and speak with one voice to bring development.

She also called on the Federal Government to show good faith by implementing the 16-point development agenda presented to it by the region, as well as offer amnesty to Bakassi agitators in the creeks.

Her words, “All the groups in that region are unable to speak in one voice or agree on a common leadership and this has over the years made all efforts to develop the region to be counterproductive.

“Even those that have held positions of authority over the years have not been able to help the region. This is not a time for blame, but we should seek a solution urgently. With due respect and humility I am appealing to the leadership of the region to call for an emergency all-inclusive summit especially the grassroots and all groups, including youths and women.

“For us to achieve anything, we have to speak with one voice. We have to get culture of togetherness. Right now there are all splinter groups and all the groups are unable to solve the problems of the region and it is unfortunate, including those Niger Delta sons and daughters that have been in position of authority.

“I am appealing as a mother and calling for that emergency summit. All the groups have not been able to achieve much because of disunity amongst the leadership. The leadership of the region should work together. They should have a common front to tackle all the problems of the region. All the groups should come under one umbrella and call for the summit. Every interest or group should collapse and come under one umbrella for the summit.”