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The Ijaw National Congress (INC) has warned the Federal Government against going into negotiations with groups that only seeking more relevance within the Niger Delta.
Vanguard reports that president of INC, Chief Charles Harry, who spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, noted that the groups were merely on a self serving mission, stressing that they were inimical to the common good of the region.
He said that the government will only give room for more groups to spring up if it opened negotiations with those already struggling for attention, adding, “We are averse to the bickering/influence peddling that has led to the formation of several ad-hoc bodies by Chief Edwin Clark, HRH, Alfred Diete Spiff, Rotimi Amaechi and others, which we believe are self serving and inimical to the interests of the region.”
Meanwhile, Ijaw elders in Delta state have opposed the inclusion of Chief Edwin Clark in the Niger Delta dialogue with the federal government towards resolving renewed militancy in the region.
According to Vanguard, the Izon council of elders in a statement on Tuesday, September 13, in Warri, Delta state said the inclusion of Chief Edwin Clark will truncate the dialogue process because President Buhari may not want to dialogue with Niger Delta leaders who kept silent about the development of their own region throughout Jonathan’s tenure.
The elders said the militants should have known that the inclusion of the Edwin Clark in the dialogue may either stop, delay or bring negative results to the Niger Delta region.