The coordinating group representing the youths of the Ijaw ethnic nationality in Nigeria, the Ijaw youths council (IYC) says they have called for a meeting for tomorrow to review their position over the defeat of President Jonathan at the March 28 poll.
According to Eric Omare, the spokesman for the IYC, the group is not satisfied with the outcome of the Presidential election. Their position is that the question of resource control needs to be addressed by the incoming administration as that remains central to their relationship with any government.
He said further that ‘ the IYC has resolved to call for a national congress of all Ijaw youths on Sunday 5th April, at Tuomo community in Burutu local government area of Delta state , where all the Ijaw youth of the Niger Delta region would meet to review the outcome of the presidential election.
‘IYC would take a position and determine the next direction of our struggle for self-determination and resource control as enshrined in the historic Kaima declaration.
‘We call on all Ijaw youth to be alert and ready to heed the call to the service of the Ijaw nation at this critical time of our history and struggle for survival in the Nigeria state in the face of the grand conspiracy between the North and a section of the South West to continue to supress ancf
d exploit the resources of the Ijaw nation. ‘We recall that when President Jonathan , an Ijaw and from the South South won an internationally acclaimed free, fair and credible election in 2011, General Muhammadu Buhari and his people never at any time congratulated or supported President Jonathan.
‘Instead they killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians and fought President Jonathan from the day he became acting President of Nigeria in 2010 until the north conspired with a section of the South West to take over the presidency from president Jonathan and the minorities of the South South in an election fraught with irregularities.
‘It is also significant to note that none of the northern socio-cultural group such as Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and others congratulated or supported the administration of President Jonathan. Northerners created Boko Haram and blamed it on President Jonathan deliberately to incite the northern populace against him and make him unpopular in the 2015 election so as to take back power.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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