The Ijaw Youth Council WorldWide has weaned of the consequences of allowing an interim management arrangement for the Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying that Ijaw Youths all over the world has resolved to resist the arrangement.
In a statement signed by the President of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq, the Organisation called on the National Security Adviser to the Nigerian Government to rescind the plan action, even as they envisaged more problems in the Niger Delta that will affect negatively the entire country of Nigeria.
The Statement reads in Full:
PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY: INTERIM COMMITTEE WILL SET NIGER DELTA ON FIRE, CALL YOUR NSA TO ORDER IYC TO BUHARI
The plan by the National Security Adviser (NSA) to constitute interim management committee instead of appointing the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) will be resisted by the Ijaw youths. The NSA should rescind the idea of appointing interim management committee. IYC will not accept it.
We heard that the following persons are to be appointed as members of the Interim Committee
to coordinate the affairs of the Programme. Viz:
- Mr. A. A. Lawal- Chairman
- Col. Udoma- Secretary
- Mr. Anthony S. A. (Legal)- Member
- Brig-Gen Mohammed- Director of Finance and Administration together with one other person representing the SGF.
The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is not a Northern affairs. This Programme is the reason why the oil sector is experiencing peace. President Buhari should advice the NSA to disband that devious committee. We will revolt against it. Niger Delta region will not have peace especially the oil platforms should the Federal Government go-ahead with this so-called committee.
We sensed that the NSA, the SGF and some powerful forces in the Presidency are clandestinely making moves to hijack the Amnesty Programme. We will resist it even with the last drop of our blood. IYC will short down the oil sector if Buhari allows these desperate elements in the presidency to hijack the Amnesty Programme like what they’re doing to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.
Our demand is that Mr. President should for the sake of peace in the oil sector appoint a coordinator immediately from among competent Ijaw people. We are watching the fold of events as we will not hesitate to short down all the oil platforms in Ijaw lands. Do not blame us should there be break down of law and order in the region.
Buhari’s government is provoking the Ijaw people to anger. We will not accept the government turning the Amnesty Programme as a northern affair in order to pay political followers. This is the height of provocation.
We will not allow cabals in the Government to take away the Programme from us. That’s an invitation to anarchy. Definitely, the boys will go back to the creeks. We hope that President Buhari will treat this message as a warning as the consequences of the NSA’s action will be catastrophic to the nations mono-economic”.
Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.,
President, IYC Worldwide.