Some stakeholders in the Niger Delta region have urgently called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited , NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari, to address a pressing issue that demands immediate attention.
A chieftain and political activist, Comrade Ebi Clarkson, who made the call noted that the region is faced with a critical situation involving one Mr. Karo Edor, who initiated the agitation for the inclusion of the Isoko Nation in the pipeline surveillance contract.
Comrade Ebi expressed deep concern as recent events have taken a dangerous turn adding that a video circulating on the social media reveals that Isoko and Urhobo youths are now armed with guns, issuing threats against anyone employed by Tantita Security.
He pointed out that this alarming development cannot be underestimated as he urged both President Tinubu and Mr. Kyari to intervene promptly.
“Mr. Karo Edor, unwittingly or otherwise, has contributed to the escalation of tensions, and it is imperative that he be held accountable for the potential consequences. ”
Ebi who emphasized the gravity of the situation said that it has the potential to spark ethnic crises between the Ijaws and Isokos.
“We can not afford to treat this matter with kid gloves, especially considering the ongoing security challenges in the country, ranging from banditry to kidnapping.”
In light of the current security landscape, Comrade Ebi reiterated his call on the federal government and the NNPCL to thoroughly investigate and address the root cause of the issue noting that the peace and stability of our nation require swift and decisive action hence the need to prevent any further escalation that could exacerbate existing security challenges.
Comrade Ebi appealed for a collaborative effort to ensure that Mr. Karo Edor is called to order, and steps are taken to diffuse the tension among the Isokos, Urhobos, and Ijaw communities, which is crucial to finding a peaceful resolution to the situation
However, Comrade Ebi re-emphasized the importance of fostering unity among different ethnic groups, especially in the midst of the prevailing security threats, saying the nation needs solidarity to tackle the broader challenges we face collectively.
Comrade Ebi Clarkson is hopeful that President Bola Tinubu and Mr. Mele Kyari would prioritize this matter and take decisive steps to prevent any form of ethnic crisis.
He equally called on all other stakeholders in the region to work together to ensure the safety and security of the nation, adding that
necessary actions would be taken promptly to address this urgent concern.