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External forces are behind Niger Delta Avengers: Ijaw youth leader

By Arodiegwu Eziukwu on 15/11/2017

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•Ijaw youth leader Udengs Eradiri
•Ijaw youth leader Udengs Eradiri

The immediate President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Mr. Udengs Eradiri has revealed that some external forces are behind the activities of the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.

Eradiri, who made the revelation in an interview in Yenagoa on Tuesday, said that even the Federal Government was aware of the whole scheme.

He faulted the government’s handling of the agitations of the militant group, saying that agitations in the region arose from long years of underdevelopment, neglect, lack of equity, insincerity, among other challenges.

Eradiri said that athough he did not believe in violent agitation, he supported the agitation by the Avengers, rationalising that agitation was the only language the government understood.

He said that to solve the agitations in the region, the government had to show more commitment and seriousness in addressing the causes of agitations.

Eradiri stated: “The government is not serious. All they want to do is blackmail some persons politically and dent people’s images. I am from this area and I know how it works. All I want is for everything to hear better.

“I believe and I know that all these Avengers’ stuff and threats are external. They are fueled by external forces; people who just want to disrupt things are behind it.

“Their thinking is that money will come out it through negotiation. Even the government knows about it. It is all about destabilising things and stealing money from system.

“My advice to the youth is that they should continue to agitate. Yes, the only language that they understand is constant agitation. If they did not agitate, the Amnesty budget, you remember I was shouting, it was N20 billion down from N56 billion.

“When the youth started agitation, it was moved to N35 billion and now it is over N50 billion, with they (Amnesty operators) now have money to pay school fees and all of that.

“They were also shouting about the Niger Delta Ministry budget, now the government has increased it.

“When agitation started, we shouted about the Maritime University, they said they were going to kick off, now I am hearing President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N5 billion in the new budget.

“So, if there is no agitation, will they do all these? So, let the youth agitate. Government, wake up to your responsibility.”

On the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF), the former IYC boss said it had lost focus and outlived its usefulness, insisting that the Federal Government did not need the organisation to address the Niger Delta question.

He said that PANDEF, led by Chief Edwin Clark, had become an embarrassment and a disgrace to the people of the region, although it had set the pace and had become part of the action the government was working on. 

“We have lost confidence in PANDEF. We no longer believe in them. I was part of those that brought up the idea when the government said they did not know whom to talk to in the region.

“We agreed to come together as one, hence we established PANDEF. But unfortunately, PANDEF has now lost focus. They are now talking about constitution and leadership. They have women’s wing, youths’ wing, etc.

“At every point that we strive to make progress, we are the same persons to scatter it. Everyone is seeking audience. Let those elders go and rest, particularly Clark.

“We have no elders to report to; they want to be the rulers, owning the power. They seek to overthrow the IYC and all others. They want to be the leaders all because of the selfish gains they want to derive.

“PANDEF has lost its usefulness. The group is becoming an embarrassment and a disgrace to the Niger Delta.”


Source News Express

Posted 15/11/2017 05:02:46 AM

 

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