- Condemns presidency for disrespecting Niger Delta
- Chides South-South governors for being weaklings, sellouts
The President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Peter Igbifa has threatened that youths of the Niger Delta region will take laws into their hands if the government continues to take issues affecting the region with levity.
In a trending video which surfaced online recently, the IYC president was seen boldly criticizing the decision of the presidential delegation to boycott the stakeholder’s consultative meeting.
He noted that the South South consultative meeting was as important as any other meeting in Nigeria while condemning ministers and appointees of the Federal Government from the region for their absence.
Igbifa warned that if the government continues to belittle the Niger Delta region, the recent #EndARS protests would be ‘a play’ compared to what the council would do in the region.
He chided governors from South South States for needlessly wining and dining with the presidency describing them as the ‘problem’ of the region.
Igbifa describe the governors, particularly Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, as weaklings noting that some of them were product of struggles.
The IYC president declared that the Niger Delta region would not fold its arm and allow the government continue taking it for granted all the time.
He called for austere measures to air the grievances of the region to the federal government including the rejection of 13% derivation funds and allocations noting that the region needs to ‘inconvenience itself to get results.’
The video has generated ripples on the Social Media with activists demanding equity for the Niger Delta region.
They wondered why the government allows Zamfara State to own its gold while the same is not obtainable in the Niger Delta region.
A public affairs commentator, Adetutu Balongun tweeted took a swipe at ministers in the region. She tweeted;
Two sons of Niger Delta. One is in charge of Transportation, the other is in charge of Petroleum. Amaechi is constructing a railway to NIGER, while the incomplete mono rail he built in his state is now a museum. Sylva is transporting crude oil from his father’s land to NIGER!
See the video below.