Ijaw youths have distanced themselves from a call for the sack of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen Godswill Akpabio, describing it as detrimental to the development of the oil rich region.
Their position is contained in a statement signed by the Spokesmen of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, Daniel Dasimaka, who revealed that the IYC has nothing to do with the earlier circulated statement calling for Sen Akpabio’s sack.
The statement reads in part:
“The IYC is pleased with the moves Senator Akpabio has taken so far as Niger Delta Minister. We wholeheartedly welcome the call to audit the activities of the NDDC and to repositioning of the c commission and other MDAs saddled with responsibilities to develop our region.
“We are all aware of the uncommon transformation that the minister brought to Akwa Ibom in his eight years as governor and desire to see him replicate same in the entire region.
“There is therefore no way the IYC or any development seeking youths from our region would call for the sack of an agent of positive change like Sen Akpabio. The call for his sack is the handiwork of impostors who want to leverage on the influence and credibility of the IYC to push their own agenda.” And for the avoidance of doubt, Barrister Pereotubo Oweilaemi is the President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).”
The statement therefore called on the public to disregard the purported call for the minister’s sack.