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IYC SUMMIT 2014 Ľ   






Thousands of Ijaw Youths under the auspices of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide met on Sunday, the 5th of April, 2015 at Tuomo Community, Delta State to review the outcome of the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.  The meeting had in attendance founding fathers of the IYC, past and current leaders of the IYC, various Ijaw youths organisations and students from all the Ijaw Communities in Nigeria including representatives of the IYC chapters in Abuja and Lagos.

The meeting extensively deliberated on the outcome of the March 28, 2015 Presidential election and its implications on the continue survival of the Nigerian state.  Congress observed as follows THAT:

1.      The outcome of the presidential election has further polarised the Nigerian state into regional and ethnic lines, hence there is nothing to celebrate in the victory;

2.     We note with sadness the deliberate efforts by the core north and a section of the south west to frustrate the administration of President Jonathan and force him out of power through false media propaganda and insurgency in the north in connivance with some foreign countries who displayed obvious bias during the electoral process;

3.     Congress note the goodwill and felicitations of President Jonathan and Nigerians in general towards General Buhari on his victory, but note with sadness that General Buhari refused to congratulate the victors in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when he contested and failed;

4.     The events leading to the elections clearly shown that the electoral process was deliberately planned to rig out President Jonathan from the outset;

5.     The desperate scheming by the core north and south western part of the country to take back power is to enable them have access to the oil resources of the Niger-Delta;

6.     We note with satisfaction the achievements of President Jonathan in his years in office despite the fact that he worked in the most difficult environment. Congress observed that President Jonathan carried out a lot of reforms and achieved great feats in  the areas of Agriculture, power, transportation, electoral process, economy, oil and gas sector, maritime sector, peace and security in the Niger-Delta etc;

7.     President Jonathanís extra-ordinary peace building efforts ensured and is responsible for the existing peace in the Niger-Delta region and the resultant increase in oil production and increased oil revenue;

Consequently, Congress after exhaustive deliberations resolved as follows THAT:

1.     Ijaw and Niger-Delta youths should be calm, peaceful and maintain the existing peace in the Niger-Delta region;

2.     Congress expressed profound appreciation to the people of the south-east, especially the youths and other Nigerians who supported President Jonathan during the elections.

3.     The Ijaw Nation, satisfied with the performance and conduct of President Jonathan in office would welcome him back home from national service;

4.     The Presidential Amnesty programme for Ex-Agitators in the Niger-Delta region which has greatly contributed to the sustenance of peace in the Niger-Delta region be sustained by the incoming administration to maintain peace in the region;

5.     The existing federal structures set up to develop the Niger-Delta region such as the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Niger-Delta Ministry and others should be strengthened and properly funded to rapidly develop the region by the incoming administration;

6.     The recommendations of the National Confab should be implemented by the incoming government to deepen our federal system of government where the federating units would have the right to control their resources and develop at their own pace. This would address some of the imbalances responsible for political instability in Nigeria and the desperation to control government at the centre, and

7.     Congress called on the incoming federal government to start the process of national integration and run an all-inclusive government to address the polarization and disunity arising from the outcome of the Presidential elections.