The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has thrown its weight behind the Federal Government’s decision to apply stiffer measures to bring the Boko Haram to an end.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Windhoek, Namibia, acknowledged that at the initial stage of the insurgency, the Federal Government handled it with kid gloves “but now we have decided to be a little more forceful because we must thrash out these terror groups”, he was quoted as saying.
IYC in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Eric Omare, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Friday, urged the government to also go after the sponsors of the sect.
The council said it had become clear that Boko Haram’s sole agenda was to violently take over the government and declare Nigeria an Islamic state.
“The audacity with which they attacked military barracks in Maiduguri recently is an indication of Boko Haram’s intentions.
“If Boko Haram is not stopped with immediate effect, they will extend their activities to other parts of the country”, it said.
It said the intention of the insurgents was against the interest of Nigeria and its citizens, adding that the only option available to government was the application of maximum force to crush them.
The umbrella body for Ijaw youths also lauded the president for taking the bull by the horn in the convocation of the National Conference and in handling other issues aimed at strengthening unity and stabilizing the nation.