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Retract your statement in the interest of peace,IYC tells President Buhari’s Aide

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WARRI- The Ijaw Youth Council,IYC Worldwide led by Comrade(Barr.) Rolland Oweilaemi Pereotubor yesterday has called on the Senior Special Assistant on Media& Publicity to Nigeria’s President, Mr. Garba Shehu to immediately retract his statement for allegedly saying the population of Itsekiri people are bigger than the Ijaw ethnic groups in Delta State in the interest of peace in the Niger Delta Region.

The IYC President made the assertion in a statement signed and made available to Daily Watch. Pereotubor who was reacting to the Garba Shehu’s comments on Channels Television recently, warned that unguided utterances by a public figure like Garba Shehu may spark off another ethnic crisis in the Niger Delta.

Pereotubor expressed concerns over the statements stressing that, “There is no iota of truth whatsoever in Garba Shehu’s wrong placement of facts and figures in the Delta State population.”

Pereotubor said Garba Shehu’s statement about the Ijaw and Itsekiri population has a dangerous implication to the relative peace the people enjoy.

He reminded him that it was the same callous and incisive decision of the Abacha Government that caused the bloody Warri crisis.
Pereotubor noted that the statements credited to Garba Shehu is to incite the Ijaws against our Itsekiri brothers.

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“As a public figure, he should be guided by the available and undisputed official datas within his domain other than to talk like a novice in government.
“Going by either the 2006 census figures or the available voting datas, the Ijaw ethnic group is the second largest ethnic group in Delta State.
“The Ijaw nation as the 4th largest ethnic group in Nigeria has a population of fourteen million people which constitutes 10% of the Nigerian population.
“The Ijaws are even more populous than the Fulani ethnic group who constitutes 9% of the Country’s population.””In Delta State, the Ijaws have three homogeneous local government areas that are densely populated, while they are in majority in two other local government areas they shared with the Itsekiri ethnic group.
“The Ijaws are in six local government areas, while the Itsekiris are just in three local government areas which they shared two with Ijaw people and the other one with Urhobo and Ijaw.” the statemen said

 

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