Most protests against the Niger delta development Commission by various youths in the Niger Delta region are politically motivated and sponsored by politicians for their selfish reasons revealed the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide.
The group has vowed thereforeto stop all politically motivated protests against the Niger Delta DevelopmentCommission, NDDC, stating such demonstrations may lead to violence and otherunpleasant consequences.
The President of IYC, Peter Igbifa, reiteratedthe position of his council to abstain from any politically-motivated protestsagainst the NDDC that is capable of destabilising the oil-rich region.
Igbifa in a statement in Port Harcourt, RiversState, advised parents to stop their children from engaging in anydemonstration targeted at occupying the NDDC headquarters in the name of IYC.
He insisted that his council had not approvedprotest as a means of resolving the issues in the NDDC, noting that hisleadership would not allow anybody to use the name of the IYC to interrupt therelative peace in the region.
Igbifa said: “As I said earlier, the IYC undermy leadership has scheduled a meeting to discuss issues affecting us andformulate a new approach to our agitation because continuous protest cannot andhas not changed anything.
“Therefore, the IYC under my watch will notembark on any protest whatsoever in NDDC or other agencies because that will beplaying to the gallery without solving the main issues on the ground.”
He lauded Bayelsa State Governor, Sen. DouyeDiri, and security agencies for their prompt intervention in foiling theemerging disaster in Peremabiri the hometown of a repentant militant leader,Paul Eris, aka Ogunboss.
“Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri,responded like a leader and took a decision that is bringing calm to thetraumatised community, which has been under siege by unknown gunmen.
“We appeal to all the warring youths and factions in Peremabiri to drop their arms and embrace peace because there is no alternative to peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Igbifa said his council would not tolerate sycophancy and hypocrisy in the handling of issues affecting the Ijaw people, urging politicians involved in instigating the youths to cause chaos for their selfish gains to desist. He further called on the International Oil Companies, IOCs, to stop the trend of exploring and exploiting crude oil in the region without paying taxes to their host states. Vanguard News Nigeria