We will not return to militancy: Ijaw youths
The Ijaw Youth Council (Worldwide) has said it has no intentions of return to the creeks in the aftermath of the defeat of their son President Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential election.
The group disassociated itself from the threats by an ex-militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, which gave that impression.
President Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw, was defeated by Gen Muhammad Buhari in March 28, 2015 the presidential election, making it the first time an incumbent has lost election in Nigeria.
Jonathan, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, had graciously conceded defeat to Buhari of All Progressives Congress even ahead of the final declaration of the result.
IYC, however, would cooperate with and closely monitor the incoming administration of Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) to “see their(its) dance steps,” the President of IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said in Abuja after reading the communique issued at the end of its meeting held at Tuomo community in Delta State to review the outcome of the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.
Er adiri expressed sadness over what he described as the deliberate efforts by the core North and a section of the South-West “to frustrate the administration of Jonathan and force him out of power through false media propaganda and insurgency in the North in connivance with some foreign countries.”
He accused the unnamed foreign countries of displaying “obvious bias during the electoral process,” adding that “the Ijaw nation, satisfied with the performance and conduct of President Jonathan in office, will warmly welcome him back home from national service.”
Dokubo-Asari, leader of Niger-Delta Peoples Volunteers Force, had in a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Rex Anighoro, said the voting pattern showed that the South-West and the North “ganged up” against the South-South and South-East geo-political zones.
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