Revoke that grazing lands or this will happen in 7 days – IJAWS

An alliance of Ijaw groups across the Niger Delta region has given Governor Seriake Dickson a seven-day ultimatum to reverse his grazing plan.

The ultimatum is in connection with the allocation of 1,200 hectares of grazing land to Fulani herdsmen in the State.

Governor Dickson had said the land was for grazing.

The group said, if Dickson refuses to back down on the plan, it will shut down all government facilities in the state.

Also, mothers of the Ijaw nation, led by Ms. AnnKio Briggs, have slated a mass protest in Yenagoa on February 14.

They will be occupying the state until Governor Dickson rescinds his decision.

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“We are giving Governor Dickson seven days ultimatum to revoke Bayelsa land allocated to herdsmen.

“If not, we will shut down all government facilities across the state.

“We do not want a repeat of the massacre that happened recently at Southern Kaduna in our state.

“We are warning Governor Dickson that the blood of any Bayelsan is worth much more than thousands of cows.

“He should fight for human rights and not animal rights.


“He is blind to the activities of the marauding herdsmen, which pose a grave danger to peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.

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“The act of the Bayelsa State Government is treacherous and a clear betrayal of Bayelsans who voted him to power.

“This is a critical period in our nation. We do not want our women raped and killed.

“We do not want our children defiled. We do not want our kings to be kidnapped and killed.

“We do not want AK-47 wielding herdsmen within Bayelsa State.

“Dickson is inviting terrorists to Bayelsa State by allocating grazing lands to the killer – squads under the guise of herdsmen.

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“How many free fishing rivers and farmlands have Northern governors allocated to southerners to carry out farming businesses in the North?


“We will wage war against Dickson within the confines of the law on his genocidal mission against the future of Ijaw people.”