Prominent indigenes from the six South-South states have finalized plans to meet on Friday in Warri, Delta State, to brainstorm on ways to end militancy in the region.
Frontline Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark and a former Minister of Police Affairs, Broderick Bozimo, who addressed a press briefing in Warri on Tuesday, said the parley would hold at Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Conference Centre in Warri.
According to Clark, those invited to attend the meeting include serving and past governors, legislators, former and current ministers, prominent traditional rulers and politicians from the six states in the zone.
He listed the states to include Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Rivers and Delta.
“The problem is not Ijaw problem alone; it is a problem of the entire Niger Delta coastal states.
“We have observed that the problem of vandalism has affected the national economy and affected us too; crisis does not solve crisis, dialogue is the answer”, he said.
The Ijaw leader noted that violence was not a solution to the problem of neglect, marginalisation, unemployment and underdevelopment that plagued the region, adding that dialogue is the only way out.
“There is no way you can begin to fight without looking back. We are part of Nigeria, we believe in the unity and development of this country.
“There can never be development without peace and there cannot be peace without justice”, he added.
Mr. Clark further said that President Muhammadu Buhari had also recognised the importance of dialogue.
He explained that one of the agenda of the meeting was to call on the president to dialogue with a team of stakeholders on the amnesty document currently before him. (NAN)