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IYC says Buhari independence day speech a threat to Nigerians

IYC President Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo

By Steve Seigha, Yenagoa


National President of Ijaw youths council (IYC) world-wide Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo has described President Muhammadu  Buhari’s independence day speech as a threat of violence to the people he sworn to protect.



Barr. Oweilaemi disclosed in a press statement while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s independent day speech, said, ‘‘ Nigerians don’t need iron cast governance. This Country has never been more divided than now. We need a President that will play fatherly role to all and sundry. IYC views Mr. President’s speech as a declaration of war against Nigerians.


‘‘The issue of dealing with hate speech though is commendable under a democratic setting, the Government should not take action in flagrant violation of the nation’s laws. Given a blanket order to the security agencies to deal with hate speech in the social media will reduce Nigeria to a police state where the rule of force takes the place of rule of law. Every law enforcement process should be dictated by the Constitution. The judiciary should also be given an unfettered hand to operate. That is only when such an order should be passed.


‘‘On the charge that Nigerians should deviate from lawless habitats. Our position is that Nigerians would have appreciated his advice better if Mr. President directed his speech to the overbearing security agencies who are abusing their privileged positions with impunity. The most lawless set of people in our country are the security agencies, especially the DSS and the police. These people use crude methods to enforce the nation’s laws which are not known in our jurisprudence. How can the ordinary man obey the law when the man who is to enforce it is flouting the law with levity?’’ he asserted.


According to him, ‘‘On the threat to combat militants in the Niger Delta. We feel that President is just beating the drum of war for nothing. There is no militants’ activities in the Niger Delta. The issue of militancy has since been resolved in 2016 when leaders of the region represented the agitators to broker peace with the FG.


‘‘Based on the assurance of the Federal Government to address some of the demands of the region, especially the issues of modular refinery, relocation of oil companies head offices to the region and massive infrastructural developments, the militants have since given peace a chance to allow the Government fulfills its bargain.


‘‘Niger Delta people only expected President Buhari to tell the world the progress report of its promises to the region. Instead of addressing the identified issues, our President is threatening to unleash mayhem on our peaceful communities. That is a war of aggression against Nigerians. What is our offence for this new threat of violence?


‘‘If given administrative control of the NDDC to the Ministry of Niger Delta from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is for it effective management as Mr  President has said then we have no problem. NDDC is swimming on a cesspool of corruption. The Commission needs proper monitoring.


‘‘Lastly on the transfer of NSIP from the Vice President’s office to the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, if the gesture is to achieve optimum management then we have no problem with it. Otherwise, we would raise eyebrow that the Government is emasculating the Vice President for obvious reasons.’’ He stated.



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