IYC: Elders move to resolve crisis, hold emergency meeting in Yenagoa

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The Elders Council of the ljaw Youths Council (IYC) worldwide has resolved to wade into the leadership crisis rocking the pan Ijaw Youth Council.

The Elders Council is an advisory body to the IYC whose members cut across the three zones of the ljaw youth body namely: Central, Western and Eastern Zones in all Niger Delta states where the ljaws reside.

Rising from a well attended meeting held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital on Thursday, the IYC Elders Council identified disunity, power tussle and lack of respect for constituted authorities of the Nigeria’s fourth largest ethnic nationality as causes of the leadership crisis in the IYC.

In his welcome address, Chairman of the Central Zone of the IYC Elders Council and convener of the meeting, Comrade Mike Wenibowei, who commended members from Western and Central zones for attending, however, expressed disappointment over failure of Eastern Zone to send representatives.

He said he summoned the meeting so that the elders in council would put heads together and proffer solutions to the internal leadership crisis bedeviling the IYC, adding that a situation where national and zonal executive committee members of IYC would be singing discordant tunes was a shame to the ljaw nation.

Speaker after speaker in their contributions condemned the scenario in the Eastern Zone where one Israel Fubara is said to be parading as President of the IYC worldwide other than Comrade Peter Igbifa who was elected by the council during its national election held at Oporoza, Delta state.

They recalled that the situation was reminiscent of what earlier played out in the youth body where two persons in the likes of Oweilaemi and Omare concurrently paraded as national president of council, stating that such embarrassing situations to the ljaw nation have to be nipped in the bud.

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