Ijaw congress alerts Buhari to imminent crisis in NDDC
Ijaw National Congress (INC) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address brewing agitations in Niger Delta, especially the “continued delay of the inauguration of a substantive board for the NDDC.”
The President of INC, Prof. Benjamin Okaba, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Saturday, said timely intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari would douse growing tension in the region.
Okaba highlighted the issues, which he described as evil against the ijaw nation and the region, to include “the continued existence of the grossly illegal vehicle of Interim Administration at the NDDC and the monumental deception of the Presidency and the Niger Delta Region by the Interim contraption and its promoters.”
He noted that “the rape, emasculation and waste of the commonwealth of the region by those charged with its efficient use, the abuse of propriety and self-enrichment of a select few to the detriment of regional development, and the futility of the exercise of a forensic audit that is rumoured to be cloaked in so much shame and ineptitude that it might never see the light of day,” are of great concern to the people.
According to him, the general feeling is that the region has been auctioned to one man to do with it as he pleases.
Okaba alleged with dismay that peaceful Ijaw protesters from the host community of the NDDC, were brutalised, beaten and injured, while the women were molested and abused by thugs on the orders of the Interim administrator.
Okaba warned that the INC should not be blamed for any “breach of security if the boiling anger in the Niger Delta results in the breakdown of law and order as the people are fed up with the lacklustre approach of the President to the outlined issues.”