In this regard, the plan to create a grazing land in Bayelsa Palm would have been communicated to the entire Ijaw nation and allow time for people to analyze the situation before deciding whether to approve or not approve the decision. Both the governor and the Minister of information would have consulted Ijaw leaders and people in other parts of the Niger Delta to get their feelings before actually making the decision. The reason is that land is a very rare and critical commodity anywhere in the world. Moreover, in the event of an interethnic war over land, all Ijaws would be drawn to the conflict. Additionally, due to the strategic significance of Ijawland as a result of the availability of oil and gas, the Ijaws cannot and should not create any excuse for an outside entity to claim any right to land ownership in Ijawland. Bayelsan officials should have used the Warri situation as an example to not encourage any outside entity to settle in Ijawland.
This write up is motivated by the flare-up which took place between Sister Annkio Briggs and Brother Africanus Ukparasia, otherwise known as Gen. Africa. Ms. Briggs expressed serious concern about the decision of the governor of Bayelsa State to allocate 1200 hectares of land in Bayelsa Palm for cattle grazing. In response to Ms. Briggs opposition to the decision, Mr. Ukparasia insisted that Ms. Briggs should not intervene in the affairs of Bayelsa State, and instead, focus her attention on matters affecting Rivers State.