Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide has issued out a warning to some rampaging youths of Ijaw extraction from Ikoro who attack, maim and destroy properties of Benin indigenes of Obazuwa Community to desist.
Likewise the BSM also warned agitators of Biafra Republic to desist from claiming that Edo State is part of Biafra.
The statement signed by its President Elder Curtis Eghosa Ugbo went thus: “The Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide is angry to hear of the hard times that the Benin indigenes of Obazuwa Community are presently going through as a result of unprovoked attack initiated against them by some Ijaw youths who are settlers in the neighbouring Ikoro Community.
“In as much that we, the Benin’s, are peace lovers, accommodating and generous. We take exception to the way some of these Ijaw youths from the neighbouring Ikoro Community, said to be heavily armed with different types of arms and ammunitions, molest and even kill our brothers in their own soil without any provocation; to the extent the Benin indigenes of Obazuwa Community now live in perpetual fear of the unknown.
“These Ijaw youths residing in Ikoro community have reportedly maimed, destroyed properties and livelihood of the Benins in Obazuwa Community on different occasions. And since this incident has been happening we have not heard of any word of caution coming from the leaders/elders of Ikoro to their rampaging youths. A clear sign that the action of the destructive youths have the backing of their leaders.
“The Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide want to seize this opportunity to warn the Ikoro youths and their sponsors to retrace their steps and tow the path of peace immediately or else they will face the wrath of the sons of the soil.
“They should be told that the gentle strides of a Leopard does not mean that it is scared. It is only strategizing and doing reconnaissance on the most effective method to adopt in caging the enemy.
“Another issue that is on the front burner in recent times is the agitation for a Biafra Republic as being championed by the Igbos under the control of the self acclaimed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by the enfant terrible Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide concern as regards the agitation is the knack by the arrowhead of the IPOB to always describe Edo State as a part of Biafra; there is nothing farther from the truth.
“The people of Edo State, most especially the Benins, are never and will never be from Biafra. The enfant terrible and his group of ‘hero’ worshippers should get that into their brain now as failure to heed this warning will be the begining of the end of their Biafra Republic dream.
“A word is enough for the wise!!!”