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WARRI- IJAW youths in Delta, Edo and Ondo states, weekend, urged Nigerians to stop comparing Niger-Delta agitators with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, saying both groups have no similar ideology.
The youths, who held a zonal congress at Arogbo community, Ondo state, under the umbrella of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Western zone, in a communiqué issued at their meeting, also urged the Federal Government not to buckle to pressure to grant official pardon to Boko Haram members.
According to the communiqué, signed by the chairman, secretary and information officer, Comrades Preye Okaba, Friday Atigbi and Oweikeye Endoro respectively, “, “Congress condemns the activities of Boko Haram in strong terms and holds that there is no basis for comparison, as some have done, of the Muslim group with Niger Delta combatants fighting over the criminal neglect of the region by the Nigerian government/nation that feeds fat from its resources”.
“Should the Federal Government kowtow to calls for amnesty for Boko Haram, the funds accruing from the Niger Delta oil should never be contemplated to facilitate such amnesty programme”, the statement warned.