Niger Delta Youths Give Buhari Conditions For Peace, Demand Release Of Kanu, Zakzaky

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Youth leaders from 19 ethnic nationalities from the Niger Delta region

in Nigeria, have demanded their inclusion in the ongoing dialogue


between President Muhammadu Buhari and stakeholders for peace to reign

in the region.

 

In a communique after their meeting in Warri, Delta State, the youths

insisted that any dialogue without them would not achieve the desired

result.

 

In attendance were the President, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide,

Mr. Udengs Eradiri (IYC), Comrade Egbo (Isoko Youths Council), Mathew

Dighi (Ogoni Youths Council), Edward Odum (Ikwerre Youth Council) and

Esimaje Awani (Itsekiri Youth Council).

 

Others were Imoh Stephen Okiko (Ibibio Youth Council), Mazi Okechukwu

(Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council), Damige Pharry (Kalabari Youth

Foundation) and Capt. Bassey Henshew (Efik Youth Council), Okodugha

Aluyah (Edo Youth Council), Etemma Effiong (EFUT Youth President),

Idemudia Daniel Nosakhare.

 

Also in attendance were Benin Youth Progressive Forum), Victor Uyot

(Oro Ethnic Nationality), Ahanmisi Edeki (Owan Youth Council), Prince

Ndiyo Ndiyo (Ukwe Ebunitu), Ebhotemen Innocent (Esan Youth Council),

Ezekiel Alfred Ekpeikot (Eket Youth Council), Eric Oluwole (Yoruba

Youth Council) and Terry Obieh (Urhobo Youth Council).

 

The communique read: “The youths are the most vulnerable stakeholder

in the economic, security and political issues affecting the region.

“We commend the present move by Mr. President and the leaders of the

Niger Delta region to dialogue, in quest to address critical issue

affecting the good people of the region.

 

“There should be an inclusion of all the ethnic nationality youth

leaders in the proposed dialogue process.

 

“The Federal Government should ensure a high degree of transparency

and sincerity in the process of dialogue and negotiations. And we call

on the agitating groups to shield their swords and give peace a

chance.”

 

The youths called on Buhari and the government to develop an economic

engagement for the youths through the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in

Delta and Cross Rivers states, the Maritime University in Delta and

the Brass Fertilizer project in Bayelsa State.

 

They said: “There should also be the reactivation of the Calabar,

Warri and Port Harcourt Sea Ports, the construction of the

Lagos/Calabar Railway, the completion of the East-West road,

Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, Aba-Ikot Ekpene,Owerri-Port Harcourt,

Isoko-Onitsha, Benin-Abuja and Calabar-Itu expressways.

 

“The government should adequately fund the Niger Delta Development

Commission (NDDC), the Presidential Amnesty Programme(PAP) and the

Niger Delta Ministry.

 

“We believe this project will generate well over five hundred thousand

jobs opportunity for the youths of the region”.

 

The youths further commended the Federal Government for securing the

release of some of the Chibok girls but demanded the release of other

leaders in detention in the spirits of true reconciliation.

 

“We request that in the spirit of genuine reconciliation and national

unity, the IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the Shiite Leader, El Zakzaky

should be released.

 

“The Federal Government should nominate and work with young persons of

the ethnic nationalities.

 

“We call for political inclusion of youths in governance and we

request that the Federal Character as stipulated by the constitution

be adhered to in all employment and appointments in the face of

socio-economic, financial, political and ethno-religious crisis that

continue to plague our country with disastrous impact on our nation’s

economy, social lives and which have also posed grave danger to the

peaceful co-existence of our region and country.

 

“This will ultimately resolve all issues plaguing the region and

allowing greater participation of people in governance.”

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