By Emma Amaize
ASABA—THE Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has called on the National Assembly to pay no attention to the memo from the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, urging it to change the name of the site of the Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, from Okerenkoko to Okerenghigho, warning that it would cause disaster to the Niger Delta region and the Nigerian economy.
IYC in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, by the national president of IYC, Pereotubo Oweilaemi, said “We appeal, therefore, that the National Assembly under your able leadership should resist the Itsekiris and their collaborator, Malami from achieving their aims as such will only spell doom for the region and the Nigerian economy.”
The group stated that the Supreme Court judgment relied upon by the AGF had been re-litigated upon and won by the Ijaw.
“We need not to remind you that you are part of the peace process in the region and of course, you know the pain the organisation suffered in restoring normalcy to the Niger Delta. We do not expect any sane mind in the government to topple the peace we are enjoying in the region. Such will be catastrophic not only to the Niger Deltans, but also to the entire country.
“The Ijaw nation will not cede any of her territories to either the Itsekiri land grabbers or any other ethnic group in Nigeria.
“The AGF, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN will not achieve anything positive from his biased romance with the Itsekiri ethnic group in Delta State, in writing that vexatious letter other than to instigate a regrettable ethnic crisis which will hitherto affect our recovering economy.
“It is in this light the IYC chose to draw your attention to the looming danger stirred by Abubakar Malami’s provocative letter.”
“We are surprised or rather disappointed that the AGF as the Chief Law Officer of the country can easily breach the sacred doctrine of fair hearing by hastily acting on an illicit, baseless and mischievous presentation on a sensitive national issue by one ethnic group which has grievously affected others without hearing from all the affected.
“This is an indictment of his competence to preside over a sensitive and hallowed ministry of his. The AGF did not only breach the fundamentals of the basic legal norms, which formed the pillars in the legal profession, he has also shown the world that the office he is occupying is far more than his myopic reasoning and same required a sound legal mind, which is unsuitable to Malami.
“There is no doubt that the legislature, executive and the judiciary have the sacred duties to make, interpret and enforce the laws of the land for public good, public safety and public morality and or for the good and orderliness of the society. Does the AGF’s memo fall on any of the above? The answer is no. This alone, speaks volume to the fact that the memo sent from the AGF’s office to the National Assembly should not be treated by the latter; rather it should be consigned in the dustbin for public good, public safety and public morality,” the group said.