The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) on Tuesday urged the youth to eschew acts capable of destroying the peace being enjoyed in the region.
Its National Coordinator, Mr Abido Jator, made the call in Abuja, while pleading with the aggrieved youths to shelve their planned protest against the management of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The youth had accused the management of NDDC that they did not carry them along and also failed to attend to their needs.
Jator said his group averted the protest planned by the youth at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, adding that people of Niger Delta area have had enough violence and now needed to learn to tow the path of peace. According to him, peace is an inevitable part of social and economic development.
“As law abiding citizens and people of Niger Delta, we have seen enough violence and we need to learn to tow the path of peace now. Engaging in acts capable of destroying the fragile peace currently being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region and indeed Nigeria, is a costly mistake that should not be contemplated,” Jator said.
The group coordinator promised the aggrieved youths that he would use his position to intervene in the matter for a quick resolution of the misunderstanding. Jator told them to hold him responsible, if the commission failed to address their grievances and meet their needs.
“I have confidence in the present management and the Board of NDDC. I can assure you that I will personally table your grievances and I can confidently say hold me responsible, if your grievances are not addressed as soon as possible.
“You should, therefore, remain calm and law abiding as everything will be fine in no distant time. As you all know, the present Board of NDDC is a brain child of the agitations of youth groups and Civil Society Organisations so they cannot fail us,” he said. (NAN)