Ijaw group rejects Buhari’s statement

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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) thinks President Muhammadu Buhari has again made a mistake by saying the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable.

To the IYC, such mentality as portrayed by the president is only an old fashioned approach to the resolution of national problems. Nigeria is constantly being hit by myriad of problems including almost a daily attack on oil installations in the Niger Delta region and the IYC said it is in Nigeria’s best interest to renegotiate the future unity of the country. The group insisted that many Nigerians want true federalism, a system that allows each region or state to grow at its own pace. In a statement by its spokesman, Eric Omare, the IYC said President Buhari was making the same mistake others have made concerning the national question and that he thinks quoting former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, would be the solution.

“This demand is not peculiar to the Niger Delta region but cut across all parts of the country.

“For Nigeria to make progress President Buhari should dump his old fashioned approach to the unity of Nigeria and face the reality of the present day situation. “Nigeria as presently constituted is suffocating and the federating ethnic nationalities can no longer bear the suffocating effect of the defective structure which hampers the development of the country. “Nigerians want a country that is united on mutually agreed terms and not the present defective structure. “The IYC calls on President Buhari to wake up and face the reality of the situation and stop relying on outdated notion of Nigeria’s unity. Nigerians demand for renegotiation,” the group said as reported by Premium Times. READ ALSO: We should learn lessons from Niger Delta – Minister The president had, while addressing guests who visited the presidential villa for the Sallah celebration on Wednesday, said: “We are now concentrating on the (Niger Delta) militants to know how many of them in terms of groupings and leadership, and plead with them to try and give Nigeria a chance. “I assure them the saying by General Gowon that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done. “In those days, we never thought of oil, all we were only concerned with was one Nigeria. “So please pass this to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable and they had better accept this. “The Nigerian Constitution is clear as to what they should get and I assure them there will be justice.”

Source: Premium Times

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