Nobody Can Arrest Jonathan – Ijaw Youths Tell Buhari

The Ijaw Youths Congress on Thursday warned the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government not to contemplate
arresting former President Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing probe of
massive fraud and embezzlement alleged to have taken place under his
The youths, who converged at the Wellington Hotel Effurrun, 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,” criticised the present administration for
limiting its anti-corruption campaign only to the Jonathan regime.
The IYC president, Udengs Eradiri, urged the APC-led Federal
Government to probe the Halliburton bribery case under ex-President
Olusegun Obasanjo, if it wanted Nigerians to take its anti-corruption
campaign seriously.
On the renewed militancy in the region, Udengs, said the opening of the
Maritime University, 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.
Eradiri said, “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.”
Prominent rights activist, Tony Uranta, who also spoke at the occasion
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 called on Buhari to reassure Niger Delta youths that the amnesty
programme would not be cancelled if the peace in the region was to be
sustained, noting that there were many beneficiaries who had not gone on
He said the cancellation of the programme would further throw the
region into another rounds of militancy which would negatively affect
the nation’s already dwindling economy.
Source: PunchNg

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