Reacting to a publication by the NDF in a national newspaper, asking Obaseki to create five development centres in the five Ijaw Kingdom in the state or face “total war”, BSM said in a statement they would not fold their hands and watch some militant groups in Niger Delta threaten the monarch and governor.
The President of BSM, Comrade Curtis Ugbo, warned they would respond to any act of hostility or attack on Beninland.
The group said, “Considering the propensity of the self-styled Ijaw militants to resort to issuing empty threats and unwholesome demands at any flimsy excuse, we could as well overlook this new threat.
“However, going through the write-up, we discovered some anomalies that we felt should be immediately addressed not to give the self-styled NDF led by the ‘Captain Osama Osama’ and his gang the leeway to start having a feeling that they own a monopoly of violence”
“That the self-styled Ijaw militants can be so bold to make such gargantuan demands and follow up with threats to Edo people, our governor and the revered Benin monarch is a joke taken too far.”
Ugbo said the Ijaw militants were abusing the hospitality of Edo people.
He said it is “unthinkable for any Edo son or daughter in a state like Rivers, despite our tangible population size there, to make such a bravado not to talk of making demands of such magnitude from Governor Nyesom Wike and further threaten him.
“This trend of making demands and threatening our monarch and governor quite exposes the nature of such self-styled Ijaw militants to disrespect the authority of their monarchs and constituted authorities with impunity, a trend that they will never succeed in extending to Edo State, the home of African culture of giving respect to all those to whom it is due.”