Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide

Press Statement


IYC Charges President Tinubu To Appoint Ijaw Son Or Daughter In Delta As Minister

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide have keenly followed and watched with great displeasure with which His Excellency, President Bola Tinubu, President Federal Republic of Nigeria has been handling his ministerial appointments, particularly in Delta State.

While the Ijaw Youth Council will continue to maintain peace, the Federal Government of Nigeria must not give room for the deprived and oppressed Ijaw people to resist their subjugation and political enslavement in the Nigerian State through certain means.

As Ijaw people in Delta State, we are in the Delta South Senatorial District as majority tribe in Delta South, we are in Burutu Local Government Council, Bomadi, Patani, Warri South West, Warri South and Warri North Local Government Areas.

Suffice to say that, there is no ethnic group in Delta State that can claim to be contributing towards the growth and development of Nigeria and Delta State both politically and economically more than the Ijaws.

However, while the Ijaw Youth Council is not a political group, it will always speak in defence of her people and the progress of Ijaw Nation in general. We are going to reject any anti Ijaw activities in the country no matter whose horse is goard.

It has become worrisome to the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide that despite the role played by Ijaw sons and daughters in Delta State who worked hard to mobilize votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general elections that brought in our highly respected President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Tinubu to power, the Ijaws in Delta have been so sidelined, relegated and reduced to the lowest level in Delta State, considering the ministerial appointments so far.

The Ijaw people all over the world is yet to know the reason behind the nomination and screening of two Urhobos in Delta central as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without considering any Ijaw son or daughter from Delta South. This is coming even when the seating Governor of Delta State is an Urhobo son.

To us, this is the highest height of political Injustice, manipulation and a direct insult to the collective sensibilities of the Ijaw people in Delta State, this is an Injustice taken too far and as a people, we will resist this anormally. How can the Ijaws be shortchanged in this manner without recourse to their political and economic contributions in the polity?

It is our humble request that Mr. President uses his highly axalted office to fix this political imbalance in Delta State to properly accommodate the Ijaws. The Ijaw people have always maintain peace in this country but their quietness should not be taken for granted.

If the Ijaw land is good enough for oil exploration activities to take place that is contributing to the economic viability of Nigeria and our people can go to any length in contributing to the victory of the APC, then there should be no barrier to their political elevation as minister and other key positions in the current Federal government headed by President Bola Tinubu. We have capable Ijaw sons and daughters in APC that can man such positions.

Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill
Spokesman Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide