Breaking: Niger Delta Group Issues Strong Threats to President Buhari, Timipre Sylva.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Ijaw youths from the Niger Delta region have declared that President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, are no longer welcome in the region because of their alleged roles in the passage and signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law, despite widespread condemnation.

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While the youths acknowledged thaPresident Muhammadu Buharit Buhari and Sylva have the constitutional right to move to any part of the country, they insisted that “their movement into the six states of the Niger Delta will be met with boos and disgraceful jeers due to their show of disregard for the plights and cries of the people of the region over the years.”

Recall that the Ijaw Youths, acting through the Ijaw Youths Council Worldwide, had rejected the President’s signing of the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill into law on Tuesday, claiming that doing so was “a total affront to the outcry of the people of the Niger Delta region against the 3% provision for the oil-producing communities.”

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In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Ebilade Ekerefe, the Ijaw Youths Council said the decision not to welcome Buhari and Sylva to the region was “another show of disdain for their drop in the Niger Delta people’s ratings and should not expect any accolades or congratulatory messages from the region.”

“With the speed with which the President signed the PIB without resorting to the stem stand by stakeholders from the region, the President has further demonstrated that the Niger Delta people’s opinions don’t matter in his government, as we’ve seen in other areas that require urgent attention from his government,” the Ijaw youths stated.

The best course of action for the President, according to the statement, would have been to send the Bill back to the National Assembly for an upward review of the 3% equity share to host communities whose environments had been harmed by oil exploration activities by the oil companies for decades.

“As a result, a significant contribution to Hostcom would have aided in addressing this long-standing criminality. There’s nothing to celebrate until that happens,” the statement continued.

The statement went on to describe Sylva’s explanation for the 3% as an afterthought, saying that as a son of the soil, the minister should have apologised and appealed to the conscience of our people, rather than justifying an act that is politically tailored to benefit the North and its allies in the industry.



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