Sapele—The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has condemned what it termed, “the desperation by some politicians of Niger Delta extraction to rope former President Goodluck Jonathan into the formation of the Niger Delta Avengers.”
The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, said: “The desperation came to the pinnacle with the media report that intelligence report indicated that Jonathan was one of the persons behind the formation of the NDA.
“The characters behind this desperate plan are politicians of Niger Delta extraction who are in the current government and do not want a peaceful resolution of the renewed militancy in the region.
“They prefer a military option that would result in the killing of innocent Niger Deltans. These frivolous accusations against former President Jonathan started after he visited President Buhari few weeks ago.
“Secondly, they don’t also want Jonathan’s intervention to resolve the crisis for obvious political reasons. So, this is the reason why they have orchestrated all sorts of lies to drag Jonathan into the formation of NDA. It is deliberate and we are sure the top hierarchy of government knows this fact,” he said, advising the former President to explore legal options to bring the allegation to a halt.