The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has implored other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta to join the ongoing protest embarked upon by the youths as regards the setting up of a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Recall that the IYC, after its extended executive meeting on April 24, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, gave the Federal Government 30 days ultimatum to set up board for the NDDC, threatening that failure to do so would incure anger of the youths and subsequent shutting down of oil flow stations in the region
The ultimatum elapsed Wednesday, July 25, but the Federal Government is yet to attend to their demands hence the youths have been protesting across the major oil producing states of the Niger Delta.
Leading the protest on Wednesday, Comrade Frank Pukon, Secretary-General of the IYC said the protests across the Niger Delta was a struggle against tranny.
He vowed that Ijaw youths will lead by example and will eventually prevail.
“That what we have demonstrated and what we will demonstrate in the days ahead is a struggle against tyranny.
“As Ijaw people, we will continue to lead by example because our hero Jasper Adaka Boro led by example. His (Boro’s) contribution to victory was immense, not just in numerical terms, but in courage and valor and he paid the ultimate price so that we can enjoy the trajectory of infrastructure development and freedom. And this is what we are demonstrating, because we are gallant and courageous we will prevail.
“I equally urge other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta region to ensure they join the movement,” he admonished.
The Secretary-General of the IYC called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, inaugurate a substantive board for the NDDC before the protest escalate.