Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hausa, Yorubas Conspired Against Jonathan, IJC Laments

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The Ijaw nation under the aegis of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) has condemned the conspiratorial manner in which a section of the major ethnic groups in the country comported itself in the last presidential election, which it noted led to the denial of former President Goodluck Jonathan a second term in office, noting that “the section that called themselves majority must come to understand that equity, justice and fairness must be brought to the fore, to allow all section of the nation equally opportunity to occupy any political seats, including the office of president.”

This is just as it reaffirmed its call for self-determination and total rejection of “unjust legal order that robs resource owners of their resources,” stating that the treaty between Ijaw and British colonial territory ended in 2014, thus the need to renegotiate the basis of co-existing with other ethnic nationalities.
Making the disclosures in a 13-point communication made available after an enlarged Pan-Ijaw Stakeholders Summit on the way forward for Ijaw people, the INC lauded Nigerians for providing a platform for an Ijaw son, Jonathan to serve as president of Nigeria and commended their support during the heated ambience of the 2015 general election.
The summit, which was attended by notable Ijaw leaders including the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diette-Spiff; INC President, Chief Boma Obuoforib; Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson; Chief Edwin Clark; former Bayelsa State governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; Ankio Briggs and Prof. Ebiegberi Alagoa, amongst others, also reiterated the Ijaw nation’s resolve to support government at the centre.
The summit further renewed Ijaw nation’s call for true federalism and resource control, noting that the current structure of the country is lopsided in favour of the majority ethnic nationalities, adding that there was an inadequate space for minority expression especially by the Ijaw nation, who successive governments “have denied the right to be a united, homogenous entity.”
The communiqué at the meeting, held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa and co-hosted by the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Bayelsa State Government, stated that each ethnic nationality with varied history, motivation and aspiration should form the basis of a true Nigerian federation.
“Oil-producing communities are at the mercy of the negative impact on their health, economy, culture and environment. The exploration activities are fast leading to the gradual extinction of the ijaw nation,” the communiqué read in part, condemning the present arrangement in which oil-producing states and communities are not allowed to control their resources and calling on all nationalities to grow the God-given resources found in their soil, “as it was in the days of cocoa and groundnut in the 1950s, so that all sections of the country would attain economic independence.”



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