Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday warned Niger Delta youths to shun violence and embrace peace for the development of the region and the country at large.
Jonathan issued the warning when the executive members of Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), paid him a visit in Yenagoa.
The former president cautioned them against restiveness in the region but to support the economy of the nation through production of oil and gas, NAN reports.
Jonathan noted that youths remain the focus of most government development policies, saying that any attempt to cause violence would work against their interests.
“The future belongs to the youths who are at the centre of most developmental endeavours and policies of government; so, the diversion of youthful energy towards violence is not desirable at all.
“The future of this country belongs to the young ones not for those of us who have given our youthful years and are at the verge of exiting the scene. The youths should resist every attempt to take to violence.
“Peace in the Niger Delta is very essential as any disturbance in the Niger Delta affects the country because the region supports the economy of the nation,’’ Jonathan said.