By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, yesterday, advanced reasons for its silence over the lingering political feud between Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and the President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the feud was a distraction from the sufferings of the Ijaw ethnic settlements in the state.
A member of the Ijaw youth body and former Secretary-General of the group, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, in an interview in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said though the feud between the President and Amaechi was considered a master-boy disagreement, IYC’s silence was due to its bottled-up anger against the actions and poor policies of the River State Government against the Ijaw ethnic group in the state.
The Rivers government, according to Eradiri, had not been fair to the ethnic nationalities with the mass demolition of their homes on the waterfronts and throwing Ijaw families into a state of despair and suffering.
Eradiri said: “The Ijaw youths have observed the reported feud between Amaechi and President Jonathan with amusement. IYC is an interested party and supports Jonathan. But we have observed that the crisis is a distraction from the core issues of poor governance and sufferings of the Ijaw in Rivers State.
“We are silent because we know the genesis of the crisis. We know that this is a feud between the master and his boy. This has gone too far and the President should be left alone and be allowed to resolve it. The Ijaw people are suffering in Rivers State. The Ijaw areas in Rivers State are suffering from under-development. We are not happy about it.”