The Young Democratic Movement (YDM) and South-South Youth Assembly (SSYA) both groups in the Niger Region region have listed five demands and gave the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to allow them to take control of the oil and gas resources in their region.
The groups cited an example of Zamfara State government’s recent sale of the N6b gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) insisting that what is good for the goose is equally good for the ganger.
Thegroups urged the Federal Government to show equity and fairness in theappropriation of the country’s natural resources, insisting that every resourceshould be exploited like Niger Delta’s crude oil for the benefit of the entirecountry.
Theycautioned the Nigerian Army against being used by the Federal Government inmatters outside their constitutional responsibility.
Leader ofYDM Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, SSYA, Victor Thompson, said if the Nigerian Armyacceded to Federal Government’s ploy to allow some states to control resourcesin their domains, it should ensure that the same applied to other parts of thecountry.
At themedia briefing titled: “Actualise One Nigeria Apothegm on Zamfara Gold, NotOnly On Niger Delta Oil,” they observed that should the Nigerian Army be usedfor the Crocodile Smile, the South-South youth would be forced to protestagainst what they described as Federal Government’s glaring marginalisation.
Thegroups argued that Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle sold gold bar worthover N6b to the CBN, adding that the Federal Government should allow states ofthe Niger Delta region to sell their crude oil since it had allowed Zamfara todo so.
MEANWHILE, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila assured that the issue of resource control would be dealt with equitably as soon as possible.
He statedthis while responding to agitations for a total reform of the Nigeria PoliceForce (NPF), explaining that the measure was aimed at ensuring that the nextgeneration of Nigerians does not inherit dysfunctional systems.
Gbajabiamila, who expressed concern over the raging protests across the country, assured that he would not sign the 2021 budget without provisions for compensation of victims of police brutality in the country.
TheSpeaker promised not to sign off the 2021 budget that does not meet thereasonable demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to whichthe Federal Government had already acceded.