Ijaw Youths from the six states of the Niger Delta area have declared that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva are now not welcome within the area over their roles within the passage and signing of the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB) into legislation.
The Ijaw Youths mentioned although Buhari and Sylva have the constitutional rights to go to any a part of the nation, they are going to be welcomed in any of the South-South states with boos and jeers.
They accused Buhari and Sylva of disregarding the plight of the individuals of the area through the years.
The Ijaw Youths, beneath the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) worldwide, had on Tuesday rejected the signing of the controversial Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB) into legislation by Buhari.
They described the signing of the PIB into legislation as an affront to the outcry of the individuals of the Niger Delta area.
The legislation makes a provision of three % fairness share for the oil-producing communities regardless that the area had pushed for 10 %.
The National Spokesman for IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, in an announcement issued in Yenagoa, mentioned Buhari ought to have despatched the invoice again to the National Assembly for upward assessment of the three % fairness share to host communities whose environments had suffered from a long time of oil exploration actions by oil firms.
He mentioned a considerable share of the host communities would have helped to deal with this age-long criminality.
“Until that is done, there’s nothing to celebrate,” he mentioned.
Ekerefe described the passage of three % fairness share to the host communities and passage of 30 % to frontier basins as rape of justice.
It is towards the unanimous 10 % settlement by stakeholders for host communities when the National Assembly visited the area, the assertion additionally mentioned.
He mentioned, “With the speed the president used in signing the PIB without recourse to the stand by stakeholders from the region, the president has further demonstrated that the opinions of the Niger Delta people don’t matter in his government as we’ve witnessed in other areas that require the urgent attention of his government.
“In the sunshine of the foregoing, there’s no higher time for the individuals of the Niger Delta area to accentuate the wrestle for useful resource management and self-determination. “We believe strongly that that will be the only sure path upon which our God-given natural resources can be managed by us and not this impunity we’ve witnessed from a repressive federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari.”