As the Bayelsa guber election is over and winner emerged, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, is reiterating its earlier call for a unity government. The incoming APC government should compose its executives without border. The opposition parties should also be incorporated into the incoming Bayelsa State executive committee.
The Governor-elect, His Excellency, Chief David Lyon should also commence the process of reconciliation immediately to ensure that Bayelsa State is peaceful. Peace in Bayelsa State means peace in Ijaw land. The Governor should strive to reconcile with all aggrieved persons for peace and development of the State and the Ijaw nation.
The Governor by his position is the leader of all Bayelsans and by extension the Ijaw nation. He should therefore carry everybody along notwithstanding the political leanings. For sometimes now the Ijaw nation has been missing in action in the liberation struggle due to the fact that our foremost socio-cultural organisations are engulfed in leadership crisis.
The incoming Governor should have the polarisations and the leadership melees in both INC and IYC in mind and thereby take a non-partisan step to resolve all pending issues. The Ijaw nation needs to move and now is the time.
Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.,
President, IYC worldwide