Anti-corruption campaign: Ijaw youths criticize Buhari

The Ijaw Youths Congress warned the President Muhammadu Buhari against arresting former president Goodluck Jonathan

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The Ijaw Youths Congress (IYC) has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari against arresting former president Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing probe of arms procurement and embezzlement that allegedly took place under his administration.

The Punch reports that the youths gathered on Thursday, May 26, at the Wellington Hotel Effurrun in Delta state for the 2016 annual Major Isaac Boro anniversary celebration with the theme “The ideals of Adaka Boro and the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta: The way forward.”

Speaking on behalf of the IYC, its president, Udengs Eradiri criticized the Buhari administration for limiting its anti-corruption campaign only to the Jonathan regime.

He called on the federal government to investigate the Halliburton bribery case under former president Olusegun Obasanjo, if it wanted Nigerians to take its anti-corruption crusade seriously.

Commenting on the renewed militancy and recent attacks in the Niger Delta region, Udengs said that the opening of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta state, for academic activities was the first condition for a roundtable discussion with the federal government towards ending ongoing militants’ onslaught in the region.

“People have started discussing. There was a meeting in Abuja yesterday (Wednesday) but I told them that such a meeting would not work.

“If they want us to talk, they must first open the Maritime University and start admitting students, then we would now sit and talk. The same issues for which Adaka Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa were killed are the same issues the Avengers are raising.

“There are no Avengers anywhere. Settle these issues and the avengers would fizzle away,” he said.

Also speaking, Tony Uranta, a prominent rights activist, said: “Isaac Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa died fighting for the emancipation of the Niger Delta, later we had Asari Dokubo, Tompolo and others. But because Tompolo was taken out, new faces have come up.”

Uranta advised Buhari to reassure Niger Delta youths that the amnesty programme would not be cancelled, adding that there were many beneficiaries who had not gone on training yet. He warned the president that the cancellation of the programme would further throw the region into another rounds of militancy which would negatively affect the economy.

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