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Militancy: Ijaw Youths Hail Buhari’s Peace Initiatives

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PMBThe Ijaw Youth Council worldwide has hailed the move by President Muhammadu Buhari to personally meet with governors, elders and other stakeholders from the Niger Delta as part of his efforts to seek lasting peace in the region.

The oil-rich Niger Delta has in recent months witnessed the resurgence of militancy occasioned by the bombing of oil and gas installations.

The activities of one of the militant groups known as the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has seen oil production in the country now hovering around 1.8million barrels per day from 2.5mbp.

ALSO READ: Pipeline Bombing: Buhari Begs Niger Delta Militants

President of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri, who commended the president for heeding the council’s advice to use dialogue in resolving the crisis in the region, did not say when the meeting might take place.

He said: “We want to commend the President because I heard from the grapevine, from one of our foremost governors and leader of Ijaw land this morning (yesterday) when he said they had been invited by the President for an engagement with respect to the Niger Delta crises.

“So, I want to commend the President for hearing our cries and for taking the right approach because there is no other approach than what the President has decided to do.

“Mr. President is a very meticulous man who keeps a lot of things to his chest and Nigerian and people who are always around take advantage of his silence and misinterpret the body language of Mr. President in various ways.

“That body language that has been misinterpreted has created a lot of confusion that has further worsened the situation in Niger Delta.

“Therefore we thank God Mr. President will be coming out boldly to address the issues and body language will no longer be misrepresented.

“We want to thank the president for that bold step and look forward to the right leaders going to sit down with the President to properly articulate the position of Niger Delta”.

He, however, said Ijaw would continue to advocate for true federalism and restructuring as the permanent solutions to issues affecting different parts of the country.

According to Eradiri, restructuring would solve the problems of Fulani herdsmen, constant attacks on pipelines, agitation for Biafria and other matters arising from the lopsidedness of the Nigerian state.

He said: “We are of the opinion that Nigeria needs to be restructured so that we can solve problems of tomato price, dollar prices, insecurity, herdsmen crises and insecurity in the middle belt, armed robbery cases and others.

“The only solution to Nigeria’s problems not just Niger Delta problem is that we restructure this country to the point where people sit down and agree that we should go forward as a nation.

“It is only in that spirit that we will solve Avengers’ (Niger Delta Avengers) problems once and for all.

“We want a holistic approach to the problem so that tomorrow an avenger will not arise or a destroyer will not arise or another pseudo group will not come and be destabilising the region.

“We have said this because the same issue the Willink’s Commission talked about was the same issue Isaac Boro came out to declare the Niger Delta Republic and eventually fought for Nigeria and died for it; the same issue Ken Saro-Wiwa was killed for.

“It is the same issue that led to the formation of IYC to non-violently address issues of underdevelopment and marginalisation in the Nigeria state and the same issues that led to MEND and the same issue that led to avengers.

“So, if we want to move forward its only common sense that we address those issues and we think that those issues are holistically embedded in a restructured Nigeria”.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

Also Read: Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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