Insecurity: Any provocation from FG may trigger revolution - Ijaw youths

  The pan Ijaw youths group from the Nine States of the Niger Delta, Ijaw Youth Congress(IYC) worldwide, has warned against provocations by ...

 

The pan Ijaw youths group from the Nine States of the Niger Delta, Ijaw Youth Congress(IYC) worldwide, has warned against provocations by the Nigerian government on the people of the region that may strigger the reenactment of the 12 days revolution declared in 1966 by the ijaw hero, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro to secede Nigeria.

The group also protested against neglect and deprivation of the region by the Federal Government.

IYC further stated that the only way to stop the need to secede is for President Muhammadu Buhari administration to immediately constitute the Substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), proper restructuring and true federalism..

The Ijaw Youths, said though the Niger Delta region have remained peaceful despite the clamored to draw attention to the plight of the Niger Delta region, the continued refusal of the Buhari administration to accede to the Niger Delta people demands may force the region re-enact the drama which led to the “12 days revolution” declaration of a republic against injustice, lack of fair play in infrastructural development and political status of the region.

According to the spokesman of the council, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe in a statement in Yenagoa on Sunday to commemorate the 53rd remembrance of the Ijaw hero, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro, said the region is ready to confront the President Buhari led administration if it fails to respect the 30 days ultimatum handed the Federal Government on the 25th of April,2021.

“We should not also forget his vision of a Niger Delta Region that should be economically independent to transform its landscape with its resources which many believed were being used to develop other parts of the country at the expense of the Niger Delta. Boro, like the Ijaw Youths, clamored and drew attention to the plight of the Niger Delta region, and possibly, set it free from the dominance of other major ethnic groups”.

“Boro’s vision, and the visions of our forefathers, seems to have moved from violent revolution, armed agitation to intellectual agitations. But the Nigerian Government seems to have developed a “steel heart” towards the calls by the people of the Niger Delta region. Despite their colored and window dressing of the issues in response to years of agitation, and the ego creation of interventionist agencies, which they acceded to and now controlled politically and financially, the Federal Government has become a “Pharaoh” to the Niger Delta people. They created the NDDC, the Presidential Amnesty Programme and a few others to corrupt the political class in the region and weaken these institutions”.

“The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), with the support of critical stakeholders, have never taken the issues bedeviling our region with kid gloves. We have agitated through successive National Executives of Council to clamor for the needed change that will fully actualize the vision of our hero- Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro.We also want to inform you, gentlemen of the Press, that the 30 days ultimatum handed President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government on April 25th still subsists. We are ready and will not back down from demanding the immediate reconstitution of the Substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)”.

“We have stated that the people of the region took strong exception to the politics of personal interests that has delayed the inauguration of a substantive Board. When it comes to the issue of the Niger Delta people, the response is politicized. What is the forensic audit that PWC (PriceWaterHouseCoopers) didn’t do in NNPC? Did the Board step aside? No!. The Board was there, investigations were done, and they did their report.”

“ If the frivolous excuse of the Buhari led administration on NDDC is Forensic Audit. What excuse would they present for the delay in the completion of the East-West road. Many travelers have died irrespective of their status. And many are still dying due to the deplorable condition of the road.”At the Presidential Amnesty office, the status of the substantive head has become interim with policy formulation handed to a stranger from the North under the cloak of the National Security Adviser. And the ex-agitators subjected to frequent change in policy and funding review”.

“As a Council, and towing the line of our visionary hero, Jasper Adaka Boro. We are warning that despite our love for peace, may the Federal Government not let the region re-enact the drama which led to the “12 days revolution” against injustice, lack of fair play in infrastructural development and political status of the region. So far, the Ijaw Youths Council under the leadership of Deacon Timothy Igbefa would like to commend the South-South Governors position on some of the issues raised by the 17 Southern Governors in Asaba, Delta State. We commend them because some of the positions advocated by the Southern Governors are off-shoot of the position held by the South-South Governors under the vibrant leadership of His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa”.

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