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Democracy Day: IYC Put Ijaw Communities on Red Alert Over Strange Movements in Riverine Communities

Democracy Day: IYC put Ijaw communities on red alert over strange movements in Riverine Communities

Democracy Day: IYC put Ijaw communities on red alert over strange movements in Riverine Communities

Democracy Day: IYC put Ijaw communities on red alert over strange movements in Riverine Communities

Umbrella body of the Ijaw Youths worldwide, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has raised an alarm over the strange movements of suspected herdsmen in some riverine communities in Niger Delta region, warning indigenes of the Ijaw communities to be on red alert and avoid a repeat of the violent killings in Owo in Ondo state.

The Ijaw Youths Council worldwide, through its National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, made this known in Yenagoa in commemoration of the Democracy Day celebration, stated that intelligence report available to the council revealed that the movement of strange men under the guise of being Fulani herdsmen and non-indigenes is making indigenes of the communities in the region become uncomfortable.

Ekerefe said the movement may have arisen because of the resistance from other parts of the country,” we want to call on Ijaw Youths to be on red alert and not allow a repeat of the gory killing in Owo in Ondo state. We have observed some strange movements and are not comfortable. We are also calling on security agencies to be on red alert and protect the lives of the people. We also call on non-indigenes residing in Ijaw Communities to be vigilant and not allow unlawful individuals to infiltrate their midst to perpetuate evil in Ijaw Land.”

He also condemned the last weekend church killings in Owo in Ondo state and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Service Chiefs to rejig the security architecture of the country, describing the poor handling of rising killings and insecurity in the country as shameful and pathetic despite series of meetings held between the President and security chiefs.

Democracy Day: IYC put Ijaw communities on red alert over strange movements in Riverine Communities
Democracy Day: IYC Put Ijaw Communities on Red Alert Over Strange Movements in Riverine Communities

The Ijaw Youths Council however called on the Presidential standard bearers of the various political parties to take note that the Ijaw nation, which form the 4th largest ethnic nationality in the country, will only support a Political party and its candidate with sincere focus on true federalism, restructuring, review of Revenue Sharing formular and others.

The IYC also urged the political parties and their standard flag bearers to have special consideration for a Youthful running mates for the position of a Vice President,” while the search for the choice of running mates is ongoing, we urge the existing political parties and their standard flag bearers to embrace a running mate between the ages of 50years and below. A running mate that have the acceptance of millions of youths in the country. A detribalized youthfully running that is competent inspire of religious beliefs.”

It’s notable and worthy to say that​ the youths from the Niger Delta region and other five geo-political zones, after due consultations know and recognize that the youths have the largest percentage ratio​ of the electorates and are most affected by the type of leadership produced. We have written to leading political parties on the need to allow youthful personalities as Vice Presidential candidate. We have many youths in abundance including Dr. Ibrahim Bello Dauda from Borno State (APC). Chief Igho Charlse Sanomi, a business Mongul from Agbor, Delta state, Mr Hebert Wigwe, a CEO of one of Nigerian’s leading bank from Rivers State, young qualified governors and among many others in the country.

He warned that the Ijaws have held the existing peace in the region of Niger Delta, not because the present administration performed, but because we are disappointed with the President Buhari administration and could not wait for the abysmal tenure to end,” he played a deaf hear to issues of development in the Niger Delta and for over Seven years, he has never considered it important to set up a substantive board for the NDDC. He left the region having throughout his administration and all his reforms in the region lacks direction.”

On the continued incarceration of an ex-militant leader, Hon. Fara Dagogo, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) restated its call on Governor Nyosome Wike to immediately order the release of Fara Dagogo and kick start a process of reconciliation with his kinsman and standard bearer of the PDP in Rivers State.

Democracy Day: IYC Put Ijaw Communities on Red Alert Over Strange Movements in Riverine Communities

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