By Markson Ode
The foremost Ijaw rights group, the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, has condemned in a strong term the barbaric and provocative attack against Senator James Manager, Ijaw prominent leader, senator representing Delta South in the red chambers and his campaign team by some unscrupulous and mischievous youths of Odorubu community in Patani Local Government Area of the state.This was stated in a press statement by the president of the group Comrade Ozobo Austin which was sent to Congress Edo correspondent on Tuesday afternoon.
It was learnt the frontline Delta state governorship aspirant, Manager was attacked by youths of the Odorubu community when coming from Bomadi after a consultative meeting with delegates of the Bomadi Local Government Area.A commentator in a viral video was heard saying, “This is the spot of the accident, youths of Odorubu are protesting against bad leaders of Ijaw, we need good roads”.
The foremost Niger Delta activist, Ozobo said the action of the Urhobo youths were meant to embrace the Ijaw nation and not Manager alone, adding that Urhobo youths had no impetus, temerity and audacity to protest against Ijaw leaders when they have not done so to their failed leaders.
He further added that Urhobo’s son senator Ovie Omo-Agege who happened to be the deputy senate president of the federation should be attacked over bad roads in Urhobo land and not a Manager who is not an indigene of the Urhobo nation and do not have such influences enjoyed by the deputy senate president.
The statement reads: ” no Ijaw youth has ever protested against Urhobo leaders since Nigeria independence, as they do not have the impetus. I warn those Urbobo youths not to bite more than what they could chew”.
The rights advocate urged leaders in Urhobo nation to call their youths to order as Ijaw youth would not tolerate further shameful events of this kind against their leaders, adding that the attack was politically motivated.