Stop Harrassment And Intimidation of Jonathan and his family – Ijaw Youths warn Buhari

Stop Harrassment And Intimidation of Jonathan and his family – Ijaw Youths warn Buhari

BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has condemned what it describes as the
“unprovoked and unwarranted intimidation and daily harassment of former
President Goodluck Jonathan and his family by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
In a statement by its national President, Barrister Roland Oweilaemi
Pereotubo, the youth body also accused President Buhari of “using the
Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) as a front.”

Going further,  the IYC stressed that “while we are not against the ongoing
fight against corruption, we totally condemn in very strong term what is
evidently selective and a clear case of witch hunt of the immediate past
First Family.

“It is on record that no former military Head of State or President has
been harassed and intimidated like former President Goodluck Jonathan and
we do not want to believe that this is happening because he is an Ijaw man.

“Nigerians and the world expect President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC led
federal government to reciprocate the benevolence, magnanimity and high
spirit of patriotism that was shown by former President Goodluck Jonathan
during the 2015 presidential election despite the glaring irregularities
that were prevalent during the election especially in the north where there
were clear evidences of underage voting, rigging and other electoral frauds
that were perpetrated.

“Let it be on record that no region, tribe or ethnic group is a monopoly of
violence. Again, it is an incontrovertible fact that the Ijaw Nation which
is the fourth largest ethnic group in this contrived entity called Nigeria
with over 250 distinct tribes which were hitherto independent nations,
kingdoms, clans, chiefdoms, empires and emirates have never been conquered
and we shall never be conquered by any ethnic group or failing government.”
The IYC stated that it  is “glad that the whole world is watching the
atrocities, impunity and the executive rascality of the APC led federal
government and we shall be forced to act at the appropriate time.”

According to Barrister Pereotubo “the Niger Delta region and the Ijaw
Nation in particular produces over 75% of the crude oil and gas that has
sustained the economy of this country.

“We have continued to shoulder the economic burden of this country since
independence and we do not deserve this level of ill-treatment from
President Muhammadu Buhari who is doing everything within his power to
destroy the political tie and very cordial relationship that has existed
between the North and our great people who have been the closest and most
trusted political allies of the north.”