Ijaw Youth Council thumbs up for Buhari over ministerial portfolio for Sylva


In what looks like answer to the demand of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari has given minister of state, petroleum to Chief Timipre Sylva, the only Ijaw minister in the federal executive council.

The IYC had demanded for a juicy ministry and a compensation for the Ijaws being the major oil producing
tribe in the Niger Delta and that Sylva should be given a ministry that would help him develop the area.

In a statement signed by IYC president, Barrister Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC commended President Buhari for appointing Sylva as minister of state for petroleum resources.


The position of the Minister of State for Petroleum given to the only Ijaw Minister in the Buhari’s cabinet is a welcome development.

IYC commends President Mohammadu Buhari for the gesture. Indeed, he has proven to be President with listening ears. The Ijaw nation is very happy with our President for this kind gesture.

We use this medium to also congratulate His Excellency, Chief Timipre Silver for being appointed as a Minister of State for Petroleum.

With his wealth of experience in public office, we have no doubt that he will deliver in his ministry.

We are also certain that Sylva will use his position to build bridges in the Niger Delta for the sustenance of the existing peace.

We advice the new Petroleum Minister who is a product of the Niger Delta Struggle to commerce with the process of healing the wounds by bringing the government closer to the people. Congratulation once again.

Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.,
IYC President, Worldwide

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