Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State

One of the prominent Niger Delta Youths Organisation, the Ijaw Youth’s Council (IYC), the umbrella body of Ijaw youths in the Niger Delta has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to sign the Nigerian Maritime University,  Okerenkoko, Delta State Establishment Bill 2018, into law.

The youths are alleging that he is being manipulated and misled by enemies of the Niger Delta region who are bent on frustrating any monumental projects slated for the region. They finger some of the cabals in the presidency as likely persons misleading the president to toe such an unpopular line.

In a statement issued by the group “the IYC believes that Mr. President is being misled by the cabal in Aso Rock who does not want the institution to succeed.

“ Therefore, the IYC call on the National Assembly under the leadership of Senate President Saraki and Speaker Dogara to veto the presidential assent and pass the bill into law,” said Eric Omare, the IYC President.

He added, “Nigerians would recall that President Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Maritime University bill is not the first antagonism of a Nigerian president to developmental efforts into the Niger Delta region through legislative intervention.”

“In 2000, when the NDDC Act was passed by the National Assembly, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was reported to have refused to sign the bill and the National Assembly under the leadership of Dr. Chuba Okadigbo passed the NDDC Act into law”.

According to the IYC president, what Buhari is now doing is a repeat of history and will not truncate the vision and destiny of the noble university which has already come to stay.

He called on the present leadership of the national assembly to override the presidential veto and passed the bill into law without further delay.

”We wish to remind President Buhari that the institution is part of the special response to the historical deprivation of the Niger Delta region which was conceived by the Obasanjo administration, nurtured under the Yar’Adua/Jonathan era and came to reality in the Jonathan administration with the laying of the sod in 2014 with academic activities kicking off under the Buhari administration in the year 2017,” IYC emphasised.