By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Ijaw youth leaders from all over the Ijaw nation are to meet, Sunday, in Tuomo community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, to review and take a position on the outcome of Saturday’s presidential election.
Spokesman of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, worldwide, Mr. Eric Omare, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said that the meeting will also determine the next direction of the Ijaw struggle for self determination and resource control as enshrined in the Kaiama Declaration.
The decision to convene a national congress of all Ijaw youths, he said, was taken at an expanded executive council and consultative meeting comprising founders and former leaders of IYC, National and Zonal Executive Council members and key stakeholders held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Wednesday.
He said: “We call on all Ijaw youths to be alert and ready to heed the call to the service of the Ijaw nation at this crucial time of our history and struggle for survival in the Nigerian state in the face of the grand conspiracy between the North and a section of the South-West to continue to suppress and exploit the resource of the Ijaw nation.”
IYC noted with regret that when President Jonathan, an Ijaw and from the South South won an internationally acclaimed free, fair and credible election in 2011, the North never at any time congratulated or supported President Jonathan.
“Instead they killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians and fought President Jonathan from the day he became the acting President of Nigeria in 2010 until the North conspired with a section of the South West to take over the Presidency from President Jonathan and the minorities of the South-South in an election fraught with irregularities.
“It is also significant to note that none of the Northern socio-cultural groups such as the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and others congratulated or supported the administration of President Jonathan.
“Northerners created Boko Haram and blamed it on President Jonathan deliberately to incite the Northern populace against President Jonathan and make him unpopular in the 2015 election so as to take back power in a grand conspiracy with a section of the South West.
“Therefore, the April 5, 2015 meeting of all Ijaw youths will determine the position of the Ijaw youths on the 2015 Presidential election and our next line of action,” IYC said.