Edwin Clark: Angry Niger Delta Youths Make Demands
It appears that the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has further intervention to do in the Niger Delta and here is just the reason.
You could hear the voice from afar even with the shouts and cheers.
"What the police did few days ago to our leader, Pa Clark in Abuja, was to taste the waters and find out if it's calm.
"We are here to tell the world that this water is volatile with crocodiles, sharks, whales, hippopotamus and other dangerous sea animals.
"We will never be calm," said a young man raging with anger while youths cheered him up.
He is Peretubo Oweilaemi, the President of the Ijaw Youths Council Worldwide (IYC).
There were a few pulses here and there, as shouts of "Asawana! and the response, Wana! rent the air.
It was a well-attended meeting of Ijaw people of all ages provoked by police invasion of an ljaw leader's residence in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.
It held at the Ijaw House along Sani Abacha expressway, Ovom Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
'A Hand Shake Beyond The Elbow'
He says an intimidation to any ljaw man, is an intimidation to the ljaw nation.
He told the gathering that he had spoken with Pa Clark who confirmed to him that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had personally apologised to him.
Mr Oweilaemi, however, said: "We the ljaw people are saying that we do not accept the apology by the Inspector General of Police, emphasising that the attempt to intimidate the ljaw leader, was a handshake beyond the elbow and that the ljaw people will not accept it.
While he spoke, shouts of 'Haa Izon' could be heard, as anger raged in a region known for dissipating its anger on the nation’s pipelines.
Speaking further, he insisted that the region had been excluded from governance.
'Exclusion From Governance'
He listed the denial of the post of the Department of State Services (DSS) Director's job from an Ijaw man, not signing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), among others as the unacceptable exclusions form governance by President Muhammadu Buhari that they see.
After he ended his speech, an Ijaw activist, Mrs Ann-Kio Biggs, further expressed the anger in the hearts of the people.
“That we are angry, is an understatement.
"Before the election next year, many things must be put in place to make us know if we will be part of the election.
"We will not participate in 2019 election that it's result is already, seemingly being determined in 2018.
"Nobody's blood in Niger Delta will be spilt because of election. Asawana, Wana!
"We all call on the world and all reasonable people to listen to us," she concluded.
A youth, Abule Amarata, who spoke with Bounce News, expressed some other grievances that the youths in the region have.
"We supply the entire country oil.
“l studied Petrochemical Engineering, but the Oil companies won't employ me.
"I am very angry and will fight to save our next generation from this suffering,” she said.
One demand that majority of them are, however, making is for President Muhammadu Buhari to make permanent, the appointment of Mr Matthew Seiyefa as the Director of DSS.
While they make the demand, it is worthy of note that the Nigeria Police Force has detained the four police officials that raided the home of Mr Clark and further investigation into the issue is ongoing.
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