Ijaw youths call for ceding of Presidency to south-south
BY AHERHOKE OKIOMA, YENAGOA
Ijaw ethnic nationality has appealed to other parts of the country to allow the south-south region to govern Nigeria for another four years “for the interest of peace, oneness, equality and justice.”
They made the appeal on the occasion of the 54th Remembrance Day activities for the acclaimed Ijaw hero, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro.
Hundreds of Ijaw youths, under the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) and Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), in the early hours of the morning also ensured that businesses were shut down in honour of the acclaimed hero.
While the IYC, through its National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, noted that the remembrance celebration of Major Boro
have impressed it on the minds of youths from the Niger Delta region that he is not just another folk hero, but a student leader, a teacher, policeman and Nigerian army officer.
The MOSIEND, through its National Secretary, Ambassador Winston Cotterel Amain, described the celebration as another avenue to observe, commend, instruct and where necessary, criticise, especially in an event of outright contravention of the fundamentals and vision of the actualization of the Reorientation, Repositioning and Recovery of lost grounds in the emancipation of the Ijaw nation.
The IYC National Spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe, used the celebration to remind the Federal Government that despite their coloured 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 Nigerian Government should not forget that despite any self-made delays, the Ijaw agitations have never been lost.
He stated that aside from the Ijaw nation’s demand for proper restructuring, and equitable development in the region, “the IYC wants to call on the people of the region to be vigilant and adhere to the security architecture being put in place in each state by the South-South Governors.
“It must be pointed out that instead of President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the calls and cry of Nigerians to review the security architecture in the troubled region of North-East, North-West, and other places being raided by armed bandits, he is focusing and handing order to the security architecture of the south-south to be reviewed and properly policed. Though we thank him he should do well to listen and save the lives of millions in the North-East, and now, the FCT(Abuja).
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“In the last one year, we have pushed and have been pushed in our quest to ensure that the Federal Government under President Buhari become accountable and ensure that true restructuring, true federalism and quick establishment of a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). We have been pushed more by the deliberate deaf ears paid to agitations by the President Buhari led Government.
“We will not be cowed and will not stop reminding President Muhammadu Buhari, his anti-Niger Delta collaborators, that the region remained unshaken by the Ijaw’s resolve for restructuring, true federalism, immediate establishment of the NDDC board.”
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