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Presidency: Ijaw Youths to Meet over Election Result

The last may not have been heard about last Saturday’s Presi­dential election won by Gen. Mu­hammadu Buhari as foremost Ijaw youth group, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has called for a meeting of ex-militants to review the outcome of the election.

The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, next week.

The Daily Times gathered that the scheduled meeting would de­termine the next line of action by the IYC, particularly the struggle for self-determination and re­source control.

In a statement issued by IYC’s spokesman, Eric Omare, the group said that the meeting would have in attendance all Ijaw youths, including its founding fathers and leaders like Asari Dokubo, Chris Ekiyor, Kingsley Kuku, among other.

The statement claimed that the meeting was summoned after an enlarged executive council and consultative meetings, compris­ing founders and former leaders of the IYC, National and Zonal Executive Council members and key stakeholders held at Izon House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State last Wednesday.

The meeting is scheduled to hold at Tuomo Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. ­

The statement also said that the meeting would take a position on the last presidential election, and determine the next direction of the struggle for self-determina­tion and resource control as en­shrined in the historic Kaiama Declaration.

The statement read in part, “We call on all Ijaw youths to be alert and ready to heed the call to the service of the Ijaw nation at this crucial time of our history and struggle for survival in the Nigerian state in the face of the grand conspiracy between the north and a section of the south west to continue to suppress and exploit the resource of the Ijaw nation.”

The group alleged that when in 2011, President Jonathan, an Ijaw won at the polls, the people of the northern part of Nigeria did not congratulate or support him.

“Instead they killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians and fought President Jonathan from the day he became the Acting President of Nigeria in 2010 until the north conspired with a section of the south west to take over the Presi­dency from President Jonathan and the minorities of the south-south in an election fraught with irregularities.”

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