By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative (IPDI) has said that they are disappointed at the military lawlessness on the invasion and burning of Letugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
IPDI also accused Ijaw political leaders including traditional rulers that they are the reasons for the incessant military invasions in Ijaw communities within Nigeria.
The Niger Delta group made the accusation on Wednesday February 19, 2020 in a statement issued to AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY in Warri, signed by its national president, Comr. Austin Ozobo.
The group said Despite the Boko Haram menace in the North East Communities ,no one community has been burnt down. The way the military are burning ljaw communities. The Military is sectional in this country. And they are disappointed.
The statement reads, “IPDI condemned the invasion and burning of Letugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“The political leaders and traditional rulers in the Ekeremor were afraid to speak out, that was why military invasions and burning of Ijaw communities were at its increase.
“The story is same in almost all other Ijaw communities in the Niger Delta region.
“Our political leaders and traditional rulers in Ekeremor have failed. Their incompetency is what is giving the Military a privilege to burn our COMMMUNITIES everyday.
“Their inability to speak out and engage the military authorities are the reasons the military still have the imputus to invade and burn our communities today.
“In as much as we do not support the killing of innocent soldiers on national assignments, we equally frown at the military invasions and burning of peace loving Ijaw communities because of one criminal activities in the area.
“We have emphasized severally that the military should be professional in their activities. Burning of people’s abode in every slightested provocation is evil and criminal.
“We learnt that over 15 houses has been razed and other households were destroyed. Residents scamper for safety. A lot of children and adults are still missing.
“We are disappointed at the military lawlessness. Despite the Boko Haram menace in the North East Communities ,no one community has been burnt down. The military is sectional in this country. We are disappointed.
“The military activities have posed a big threat to our existence as a people. We call on all well meaning Ijaw leaders to condemn this barbaric activities.
“We want the burnt houses rebuilt and other properties destroyed compensated”