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We have no plans to destabilize our region —IYC to Buhari, Defence HQ

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The management of the apex Ijaw youth group, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, has assured President Muhammad Buhari and the Defence Headquarters that the youths of the area haven’t any plan to destabilize and disrupt the present peace within the area.

The group by way of its Nationwide Spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe, instructed DAILY POST that although the place offered by the Ijaw youths after the signing of the PIB into regulation by President Muhammadu Buhari is expressive sufficient, it doesn’t imply the area will likely be thrown into disaster and destabilization.

DAILY POST gathered that the Defence headquarters, had in a press release signed by its Director of Defence Info, Main Basic Benjamin Sawyerr, threatened powerful actions in opposition to alleged plans by Niger Delta youths to have interaction in recent hostilities.

However the IYC spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe, in a press release issued to DAILY POST on Wednesday in Yenagoa, mentioned although the Youths of the area are angered by the refusal of the current administration to take heed to the calls of the area on numerous points, it had no intentions of fomenting hassle.

“The defence headquarters ought to undertake a visionary standing of advising the Buhari administration on these contentious points that will result in a breach of peace and safety somewhat than been reactionary and issuing of threats.”

”The youths are usually not planning to have interaction in any protest march or have interaction in recent hostilities to destabilize the present peace within the area we’ve contributed so onerous to maintain.

“For the data of the Defence headquarters, Ijaw Youths are more experienced and disposed to sturdy mental engagements on points. Nevertheless, the Navy authorities ought to perceive that the Niger Delta youths wouldn’t permit the area to fall into the plot to destroy communities as they did up to now”

“As an alternative of outrightly encouraging continued dialogue between the area and President Buhari’s administration, the army is busy issuing statements of threats in opposition to a area that has stored religion with peace regardless of the insurmountable safety challenges within the North-East, Benue and Kaduna states.”

Ekerefe mentioned the IYC and different regional stakeholders are open to a city corridor assembly with the Minister of State for Petroleum Assets, Chief Timipre Sylva over the provisions of the PIA.

“The one method out is for the youths to proceed to demand city corridor conferences with the Honorable Minister and clarify why the agreed 10% was lowered to a meagre 3%. Our individuals need to know and till that course of is initiated, we received’t return on our earlier stand”.

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