The elders of the Ijaw extraction in the South-South region, Ijaw National Congress (INC) has revealed that its intention not to take violent or extreme action against perceived opposition against the push for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
According to the Ijaw elders, though the use of abusive and derogatory words against President Goodluck Jonathan by opposition politicians and groups was provocative, the elders of the South-South region would lead a delegation on peace and dialogue mission to the Arewa Consultative Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) over the need for Goodluck Jonathan second term in office.
State commissioner for culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolor during an interactive session with the INC elders said that the Ijaw Leaders were set to lead a delegation to meet with the northern and southwest elders to ensure a safer and more acceptable decision for the re-election of GEJ.
The elders, made up of Chief Francis Doukpola, Chief.T.K Okorotie, Barr. J.M Aseh, Professor K. Alagoa, Professor Nelson Brambayefa, Prof. Francis Sikoki Sir Patrick Erasmus, Chief Tam Mitin and the vice-president of the INC, Chief Austin Lugbeniwei, declared that "the INC leadership will network with other regions to ensure a safe course for our son in 2015."
The duo of Chief T.K Okorotie and Chief Francis Doukpola insisted through a motion at the meeting that though the good performance of President Goodluck Jonathan was noticeable in spite of tirades of attacks on his person and administration, the struggle for his re-election should start with the Ijaw leaders reaching out to friends in the north and the southwest.
Doukpola said "the Ijaw Nation is not going to war with any region over 2015.We will get the second term for the president by not fighting, but by dialogue and diplomacy."