Published On: Mon, Apr 10th, 2017

IYC LEADERSHIP: IJAW YOUTHS SHOULD STAY CALM AS THE OKRIKA CHARADE CANNOT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. ON IKOLI’S MURDER: IYC DEMAND TO BE PART OF THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CAUSE OF REAL ADMIRAL IKOLI’S DEATH

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IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL -IYC WORLDWIDE

 

April 10, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT

I call on Ijaw youths to remain calm in the light of deliberate efforts by some former leaders and members to factionalize the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC). What transpired yesterday, Sunday the 9th of April, 2017 at Okrika, Rivers State was not an IYC election but a charade by some former leaders of the Council in the name of election. It would definitely not stand the test of time. The IYC had since the 2nd to 3rd March, 2017 conducted its elections and have an existing national executive council under my leadership.

In the coming days, the national executive council of the IYC under my leadership shall use all legitimate means to bring the charade to an end and restore sanity to the Ijaw Youth Council. I call on the Ijaw nation and the general public to completely disregard the outcome of the Okrika charade which was done in fragrant disrespect to competent courts of law. We also call on IYC members to be peaceful and not to take laws into their hands in trying to express their grievances. We shall follow due process in our efforts to address this deliberate effort to factionalize the IYC.

In another development, the IYC demand that it should be included as part of the team to investigate the gruesome assassination of Real Admiral Ikoli, who was killed in Lagos last week. The circumstances of the murder of Admiral Ikoli demands thorough and transparent investigation. The Ijaw ethnic nationality demands to be part and parcel of the investigation in order to unravel the real cause of the death and those behind it. We therefore call on the military authorities to include a representative of the Ijaw ethnic nationality as part of the investigative team to ensure transparency in the process.

Signed:

Eric Omare

President, IYC

 

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