Abuja - Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called for collaborative efforts in the fight against kidnapping and other related vices in the region.
Receiving the newly inaugurated Executive Council members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Dickson stressed the need for youths to channel their energies to useful ventures that would better their lives and the Ijaw nation.
He restated his administration's commitment to working for the maintenance of security and peace not only in Ijaw land but the entire nation.
“Let me remind all the youths of this state and Ijaw nation to desist from those kinds of activities, whether it is piracy, kidnapping and oil bunkering that is now destroying our already fragile and compromised environment, because we have a major challenge in the sector,” he said.
The governor also condemned that acts of thuggery and warned the youth against any act that was capable of truncating the nation's hard won democracy.
“I became governor without buying a single bullet. I didn't have to set up any killer squad or group of cultists to pursue anybody and that is the system we are propagating and I will like to solicit your cooperation so that our youths will not be used for political purposes and be dumped after elections,” he added.
He urged the Ijaws to step up their efforts at fraternizing with other ethnic groups across the country to actualize their overriding interests.
“We will continue to use opportunities like this to call on our people to rise to their responsibility of building cohesion, unity and harmony. Because if people say we are a small and insignificant group and yet one of us occupies the foremost national position that is buffeted from all corners, then common sense should tell you that, this is the time to unite.”
– CAJ News
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