Ijaw youths furious over botched meeting with the Presidency

Obinwannem News Ijaw youths furious over botched meeting with the Presidency

The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has asked the governors and other leaders of the South-south to take strong actions against the Presidency over the botched meeting with the leaders of the region.

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Peter Igbifa, was reacting to the cancellation of the Port Harcourt meeting which was supposed to be attended by a Federal delegation.

He said the governors of the region should reject the statutory 13 percent derivation fund and the monthly revenue allocation from the federation account, to express their grievances against the Buhari Administration and the federal government.

The Governors and the leaders of the region had waited several hours in vain for the federal delegation. Mr. Igbifa while addressing the region’s leaders, said the cancellation of the meeting was ‘one insult too many’ for the people of the South-south.

He said, “Dem dey dash us money wey dem dey call 13 percent derivation, una dey take. E don reach after this meeting, make una reject all those offers, even allocation self, make una no collect.

“We need to inconvenience ourselves to get results. Make una no collect anything from them again.

Mr. Igbifa accused the governors of being weak and advised them to stop taking calls from the Presidency “for, at least, within the next 24 hours”.

“Everything about Niger Delta na joke. We cannot be taken for granted all the time. See East-West Road, dey rotten dey go, people dey die every day,” Mr. Igbifa said.

Mr. Igbifa said a message should be sent to the Presidency and the chief of staff, Mr. Gambari, that the Niger Delta youth would “rumble” Nigeria’s economy “in just a few days”.

Make dem know say if we start, EndSARS go be child’s play. “Enough of the insult,” he added.

Present at the meeting were Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State. Governor Ben Ayade from Cross River State, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Edo State, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News

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