Wednesday 23rd August, 2017
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Egbesu Sword: Ijaw group condemns military's disregard of Osinbajo's order

Egbesu Sword: Ijaw group condemns military's disregard of Osinbajo's order

A group, the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI) has condemned the failure of the military authori­ties to return the Egbesu Golden Sword troops took away when they invaded Oporoza commu­nity in Gbaramatu Kingdom last year.
It expressed shock that despite the directive of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the sword be returned to the owners, the mili­tary authorities had held on to the symbol of authority of the Ijaw.
He described the develop­ment as an act of insincerity by the Federal Government and the military to the Niger Delta peace process.
In a statement issued on Mon­day by IPDI’s President, Mr. Aus­tin Ozobo, he said: “The inability of the Federal Government to en­force the return of the stolen Eg­besu Sword to Gbaramatu King­dom means that the Presidency cannot be trusted and it shows that the government is not sin­cere and ready for peace process in the Niger Delta.
“It’s a bad omen, it’s a sabo­teur as it poses grave danger for the peace process and it is wor­risome. The government must be committed to its promises to achieving genuine peace in the Niger Delta,” he said.

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