Group Bemoans Hostage Taking
10 Aug 2006
A group of concerned Bayelsans under the auspices of Bayelsa Patriotic Front (BPF) has condemned the rising wave of hostage taking in Ijaw land and the Niger Delta.
Addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, Spokesman of the group, Mr. Kaizer Ogoriba condemned in very strong terms the unwholesome activities associated with hostage taking that has become everyday occurrence in the state and other parts of the Niger Delta region.
His words: "Despite our decades of marginalisation, the Ijaw man does not see hostage-taking as a means to right our age-long sufferings because it gives negative impression in the eyes of the international public."
According to the group, there are better and civilized ways of addressing grievances instead of resorting to violence and hostage taking.
The group which called on all compatriots to rise in one accord to condemn the criminal act of hostage taking and hostage takers also appealed to the federal government and the multinational oil companies to be more responsive and responsible corporate citizens in the pursuit of their businesses in Bayelsa State in particular and the Niger Delta in general.
While condemning the rising scale of electoral violence in the country in recent times the group noted that rather than concentrate on winning votes, aspirants devote so much time, energy and money promoting rigging at all cost to win, hence violence. "The act of using our youths whose creative and budding energies could have been otherwise exploited for their benefit to continually foment trouble in every election is highly condemnable,"