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Ijaw youths threaten protest against Sylva, deputy

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—IJAW Youth Council, IYC, has threatened to mobilize Ijaw youths to carry out a mass action against the feuding Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva and his deputy,  Peremobowei Ebebi, if they do not quickly bury the hatchet and work together for the development of the state.

The IYC also yesterday eulogised former president, the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, for his amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta, saying the programme had turned out a master stroke that ended almost a decade of militancy and military hostility in the region.

National president of the IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, said in an interview with Vanguard that the quarrel between both elected public officers amounted to a shame to people of the state.

He said:   “We charge Ijaw National Congress, INC, and Bayelsa Elders Forum to immediately intervene in the feud. We, as youths, would be forced to carry out a mass action if this issue is not resolved soon.

“We have watched with great pain and displeasure the growing bitterness between Governor Sylva and his deputy, Ebebi. While we believe that individuals are infallible and may have differences in a functional society, it has become worrisome that differences between the duo have thrown our beloved state into fresh turmoil.

“It is on this premise that we wish to call on the governor and his deputy to cease all hostility and save Bayelsa another disgrace.

“They should rather dissipate their energies on issues that can bring succour to Bayelsans, as everyone on the streets of Bayelsa is hungry and the state almost grounded.”

On the death of the late President Yar’Adua, Dr. Ekiyor said the IYC held him in high esteem for dousing tension in the Niger Delta through his amnesty programme for militants.

According to him, the amnesty programme has turned out to be a master stroke and a template for the development of the Niger Delta.

“IYC commiserates with family of our former president, the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua and asks God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

“As IYC, we hold the late president in high esteem. We see him as a nationalist and one who listenad, and hence, he embraced the amnesty idea that became the master stroke that ended almost a decade of militancy and military hostility. Indeed, Nigeria lost a good man,” he said.

He congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for taking over the mantle of the nation’s leadership, expressing the IYC’s confidence in his ability to drive Nigeria to become a greater and better country.


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