Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

IYC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE 2017 ISAAC ADAKA BORO DAY CELEBRATIONS: IYC CALLS ON THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE NIGER DELTA QUESTION

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IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC)

WORLDWIDE

May 15, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT

 

As the Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta people celebrate the 2017 annual Isaac Adaka Boro’s day on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has call on the Nigerian government to find a lasting solution to the issues that led to the Adaka Boro insurrection in the 1960’s. The IYC state that 51 years after the Isaac Boro’s declaration of the aborted Niger Delta Republic to express dissatisfaction with the Nigerian state over the political and economic suppression and oppression of the Niger Delta people and 49 years after the demise of Isaac Boro, the Nigerian state has failed to address the fundamental cause of the Niger Delta agitation.

The IYC holds the view that addressing the Niger Delta question requires resolution of the resource ownership and control question in Nigeria in such a way that the people and communities of the Niger Delta region would have the right to the control and ownership of the God given oil and gas resources in their lands. The IYC states that addressing the resource ownership question together with an acceptable politically restructuring of Nigeria to reflect the tenets of federalism are the panacea to the rapid and peaceful development of Nigeria. These were also the ideas that the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro fought for while alive.

We also call on the political class in the Niger Delta region to fulfill the dreams of Adaka Boro by using their positions towards the development of the region and the betterment of the people.

Signed:

Eric Omare,

President

 

 

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