Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has issued a stern warning to youths in the Niger Delta youths eschew violence and embrace peace towards the development of the region, and the country at large.
GEJ made the call on Tuesday, when the new executives of the Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), paid him a visit in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
The former Deputy and Governor of Bayelsa state cautioned the youths against restiveness in the region, while urging them to support the economy of the nation through production of oil and gas.
The former Vice President emphasized that youths remain the focus of government development policies, warning that any attempt to cause violence would work against their interests.
“The future belongs to the youths who are at the centre of most developmental endeavours and policies of government; so, the diversion of youthful energy towards violence is not desirable at all.
“The future of this country belongs to the young ones, not for those of us who have given our youthful years and are at the verge of exiting the scene. The youths should resist every attempt to take to violence.
“Peace in the Niger Delta is very essential as any disturbance in the Niger Delta affects the country because the region supports the economy of the nation,’’ Jonathan said.