We will welcome Jonathan, Buhari’s victory has polarised Nigeria – Ijaw youths

By Post Nigeria April 10, 2015 12:46

We will welcome Jonathan, Buhari’s victory has polarised Nigeria – Ijaw youths

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has disclosed that the Ijaw nation remains satisfied with the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan and is braced to welcome the President in a grand reception as he returns home after his tenure.

Mr. Udengs Eradiri, President of IYC, made this known yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja, expressing regret that Buhari who lost in 2003, 2007 and 2011 refused to congratulate those he lost to.

Eradiri, vehemently advised the President elect, Muhammadu Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians having not conceded defeat in the past elections where he failed.

He said, “The Congress notes the goodwill and felicitations of President Jonathan and Nigerians in general towards Buhari’s victory, but notes with sadness that Buhari refused to congratulate the victors in 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections when he contested and failed.”

IYC decried that there was a deliberate plot by northern politicians and the South-west zone to take control of power in order to control the rich oil wealth from the Niger Delta region, thereby collaborating to force Jonathan out of office.

Eradiri noted that the events that played out before and during the elections exposed the fact that President Jonathan was deliberately rigged out of the election, saying there was a desperate scheme afoot to enable the North and South-west control the oil wealth from the Niger Delta region.

He said, “We note with sadness the deliberate efforts by the core North and a section of the South-west to frustrate the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and force him out of power through false media propaganda and insurgency in the North, with connivance with some foreign countries who displayed desperate scheming by the core North and South-western part of the country to take back power is to enable them have access to the oil resource of the Niger-Delta.”

He however urged the President elect to commence the process of national integration and run an all-inclusive Government in order to address the division and disunity which arose from the outcome of the presidential elections.

IYC further urged Buhari to maintain the Presidential Amnesty programme for ex-agitators in the Niger-Delta region which has greatly contributed to the sustenance of peace in the Niger Delta region.

He said “The outcome of the presidential election has further polarised the Nigerian state into regional and ethnic lines, hence there is nothing to celebrate in the victory.

“Recommendations of the National Conference should be implemented by the incoming Government to deepen our federal system of government where the federating units would develop at their own pace.

“This would address some of the imbalances responsible for political instability in Nigeria and the desperation to control government at the centre,” he added.

Eradiri, used the medium to call on the Niger Delta youths to remain calm, peaceful and maintain the existing peace in the region, as the Ijaw nation would watch the steps of the incoming Government before taking a stance.