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Ijaw Leader Urges FG To Ignore Agitation For Nigeria’s Restructuring

Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



An Ijaw leader and grand patron of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the umbrella body for Ijaw youths worldwide, Prince Collins Eselemo, on Tuesday berated those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria saying the timing was wrong.

Eselemo, who is also the President-General of the Coastal Mandate (CM), a pressure group for the development of the coastal communities in the Niger Delta, said the issue of under development in the oil rich region could be traced to the marginalization during regional government.

Speaking with journalists in Warri, Prince Eselemo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore recent calls for the restructuring of the country.

The Ijaw leader contended that during the era of regional government, both Western and Eastern regions ignored the development of the area despite producing the rubbers, palm oil and timbers that fed the two regions.

According to him, “restructuring must be done in such a pragmatic and all inclusive manner as to go back to pre and post independence. We must consider all these parameters before having the moral right to seat and discuss the unity of this country.

“In this manner, I’ll say there are people who have to make reparations. I say this to Yoruba and Igbo who are clamouring for the restructuring of this country. This because Delta and Edo states had a marriage with the Yoruba while Bayelsa and Rivers to the Igbo for 30 years but we left that union naked.

“The product of that union was the derivation of the timbers, palm oil, cassava and rubbers from our area before the advent of crude oil. So we are asking the Yoruba and Igbo for reparation because our resources were used to develop cities like Lagos at our own expenses. They also denied Niger Delta people from participating in companies built with our resources.

“What Vice President Osinbajo said was right. Once oil is demystified and everyone has food to eat no one will agitate for restructuring. That’s why VP said we should go to agriculture proper which was our main stay,” he said.