Ijaw youths, under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to come up with an economic plan for the people of the Niger Delta.
The youths said while they were not against the president’s moves to curb oil-related theft in the region, they wanted him to do the needful before deploying soldiers in the region.
The IYC President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who spoke at a news conference in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Thursday after an expanded meeting of executives of the body, urged Buhari to go after the big guns stealing oil in large quantities.
Eradiri also said as part of the measures to empower people of the Niger Delta, President Buhari should order redundant vessels and those yet to berth in Lagos to divert to ports in Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar to spring up business activities in the region.
Eradiri said, “We want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his trip abroad. During which, he was able to articulate issues concerning Nigeria’s policies especially the Niger Delta.
“We must commend him for the way he addressed the world about Nigeria. Truly, he is the pride of Nigeria.
“But while addressing the world, he raised certain issues which we need to make inputs: He talked about the oil theft in the Niger Delta, which we support fully, his approach towards curbing the menace because the stealing of oil is actually degrading our environment.
“Also, the development is actually a crime against humanity when people carry out certain actions that in the long run they destroy the people’s land and their way of life.
“But we must say that this oil theft did not start today. It is the attitude of successive governments that have led to our people struggling to survive. We want him to go after the big guns – those merchants who bring in big vessels to steal oil. They are the people he should go after.
“We are not against the stoppage of vandalism of oil pipelines but he must have an economic plan.
“Our people right now need to survive. There is no more fishing in our areas and our lands can no longer produce the kind of things they used to produce. It is our position that while Buhari is coming to fight the menace, he must come with an economic plan.
“We are saying that all those vessels in Lagos doing nothing, waiting to berth should be ordered to the ports in Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar. By so doing, a lot of economic activities would begin to spring up in these areas and support the local economies”.
He also lamented that many oil-related projects in the region had been abandoned by the Federal Government, insisting that there should be a clear-cut programme by the government in expanding the ports.
The IYC leader argued that such programmes were fantastic baits and alternatives to engage the people while the government went ahead to rid the region of oil thieves.
“We will support the government only when there is a clear cut economic plan that will serve as an alternative for the people”, he stated.
Eradiri, however, expressed disappointment that the president commended the U.S Government for the successful conduct of general elections in the country without giving any credits to former President
Goodluck Jonathan, who he said created the enabling environment for the process to work.
He said Jonathan ensured that the political process in the country worked by instituting free, fair and credible electoral process.
“Buhari should give credit to Jonathan for making the process work. We fault the President by commending the US instead of giving credit to Jonathan. Jonathan swallowed pride and made sacrifice to ensure peace and unity of Nigeria”, Eradiri said.
I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola
Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.
He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.
Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.
“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.
“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”
Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.
“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.
The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.
“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.
Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.
“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
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