President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Barrister Pereotubo Oweilaemi, has said that the federal government should not give listening ear to persons calling for the sack of Niger Delta minister, Godswill Akpabio. According to him, IYC has only one president and national executive council. Hence, anyone parading as IYC president is an impostor.
In a statement made available to Emeraldng.com, Barrister Oweilaemi said the threat to shutdown headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the composition of the interim management committee was an impossible task as IYC cannot blame the minister since the presidency directed the constitution of the interim board for the NDDC.
THE FULL STATEMENT OF THE IYC IS REPRODUCED HERE-UNDER
PLANNED CLOSURE OF NDDC OFFICE: THERE IS NOTHING WORRY ABOUT
There is no cause for alarm over the threats to close down NDDC Office. FG should not listen to the ranting of those noise makers masquerading as a factional IYC. In the first place, IYC has no faction. Whoever is parading himself as the President of the council is an impostor. As far as the Ijaw nation is concerned, I am the only President of the Council.
As for the threat to shut down the commission by those sponsored agent provocateurs, IYC wishes to reiterate our earlier stand that the threat did not emanate from IYC national neither any of its organs. We warn these jobbers not to hider under the popularity of the council to propagate their political business.
On the interim board, IYC cannot blame the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, His Excellency, Chief Godswill Apkabio, since the presidency has said it was Buhari that used his prerogative power to constitute the interim board. Garba Shehu has told the world through Channels TV Sunday Politics that it was Buhari that ordered the appointment of the interim board. Why should we be blaming the innocent man?
The presidency has also made it clear that the interim board will midwife the period the forensic audit is to be carried out. Those holding grudges against the process should channel their questions to Mr. President who is doing everything possible to sanitize the hitherto corrupt NDDC.
Mr. President in his wisdom decides that an interim board should be constituted pending when the substantive board is inaugurated for the purpose of facilitating the forensic audit. We see nothing wrong in that decision. Political opportunists should allow the government to do what is right for our common good.
Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.
President, IYC worldwide