IYC Threatens To Move Against Blackmailers Of NCDMB Boss

IYC Threatens To Move Against Blackmailers Of NCDMB Boss.

Ijaw youths under the aegis of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) vowed to mobilize against individuals they characterized as opponents of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Executive Secretary Simbi Wabote on Monday.

According to the youths, certain politicians are allegedly behind the present smear campaign against the NCDMB chairman, and their scheme amounts to a case of corruption aimed at undermining President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

The IYC’s spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe, said in a statement published in Yenagoa on Monday that the anti-Wabote campaign sponsors were using baseless claims of perjury and corruption to discredit Wabote.

As a result, the organisation warned Niger Delta sons and daughters against becoming pawns of a smear campaign aimed at bringing down Wabote, despite the NCDMB’s tremendous successes under his leadership.

It said, “The Ijaw youths in the nine states of the Niger Delta region are ready to stage a peace rally to warn those involved in the frivolous, unwarranted and libelous allegations to desist or face the anger of the youths of the region.

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“This is a political year, politicians should face their politics and leave the technocrats to continue with the technical aspects of keeping the Niger Delta and Nigeria together through policy framework in the oil and gas sector.”

The council called on Buhari to take particular notice of the activities of one Ude Jackson and Timi Frank as “they want to blackmail one of Niger Delta and Nigeria’s best on the platter of sustaining their corrupt practices.”

The statement added: “The Ijaw Youths Council Worldwide, undoubtedly, want to put it on record that Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote is our son. And we are proud to stand up anywhere to defend his honour as a hardworking, committed and upright Ijaw man.

“We will resist any attempt by these symbols of corruption to sponsor smear campaign against his person and years of achievements visible even to the blind in the country, and indeed on the African continent.

“Ijaw youths will never allow corruption win where men of upright and good standing hold sway.”

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