Ijaw Youths: Buhari Pushing Our People to the Wall

Stop harassing
ex-president’s family, protesting youths tell president
Christopher Isiguzo
in Enugu and Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Youths of Ijaw
descent under the Ijaw Youth Council, Worldwide (IYC) yesterday accused
President Muhammadu Buhari of frustrating efforts at achieving peace in the
.

 The leadership of the
organisation stated that the region had been “pushed to the wall” by the
president who has deliberately refused to set up a negotiating team 90 days
after the leaders and elders of the region met with him in Abuja.
Yesterday’s outburst
by President of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri, also coincided with a statement by the
a popular ex-militant leader, Africanus Ukparasia, who vowed to resist any
attempt to wreak fresh havoc on oil and gas facilities in the region.
The former Commander
of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was
ostensibly referring to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group that
has vowed to resume its onslaught on critical infrastructure in the creeks of
the oil-rich area after it claimed that President Buhari was not interested in
the scheduled talks.
Ukparasia, formerly
known in the creeks in the region as ‘General Africa’, warned the avengers to
stay away from the region especially his home state, Bayelsa.
The former militant
who now oversees the state Waterways Security Task Force (BSWSTF), spoke in
Yenagoa during a patrol of the creeks of the state.
He said that the
security outfit which he heads would not joke with its mandate to secure the
creeks of the state and stop the nefarious activities of the avengers and their
ilk.
“We advise Bayelsans
to report any suspicious movement in their communities as it is the duty of all
to be vigilant against the nefarious activities of criminals who cause problems
to give the military reason to invade our communities for innocent people to
suffer,” he said.
He added that the
outfit legally established by the federal government in collaboration with the
Bayelsa state Government would work with the security agencies to maintain
order in the state.
But the concerned
Ijaw youths covering the nine states of the Niger Delta yesterday said
President Buhari should be blamed if there’s fresh crisis in the region.
Meanwwhile,
protesting Igbo youths yesterday crippled business activities within Enugu
metropolis as they asked the federal government to face the myriads of problems
in the country and stop further harrasement of the family of former President
Goodluck Jonathan and the wife, Patience.
The protesing youths
who were in hundreds also demanded a public apology from the Nigerian Police
over the raid of the Abuja home of former first lady.
The police
authorities had declared that the residence was raided following a tip-off that
money was stashed in the place.
However, the youths
who stormed Enugu metropolis after submitting a letter at the Enugu State
Police Command said Mrs. Jonathan deserved public apology since nothing was
found in her home.
A spokesman of the
group, Mr. Nwachukwu Kachukwu David, who addressed journalists called on the
federal government to face various challenges facing the nation instead of
engaging in unnecessary witch-hunt.
He declared: “Power
supply has gone from bad to worse; many homes could not buy rice for Christmas;
economic policies have crippled businesses but instead of finding solutions,
Buhari’s government is chasing after innocent citizens.”
Nwachukwu further
stated: “The entire Igbo Youths stand here today to unequivocally condemn the
ceaseless harassment of our daughter, former first Lady, Patience Jonathan.

“The latest of this
onslaught is the raid on her Abuja house by operatives from the Force
Headquarters. This is coming at a time she is still under a vicious attack by
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
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