War Drums: Ijaw youths give oil workers 7-day notice to leave Niger Delta
Posted by News Express | 18 May 2021 | 996 times
• IYC President Peter Igbifa
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has given a seven-day notice to International Oil Companies (IOCs) to evacuate their personnel from various oil platforms in the Niger Delta region.
The Council said the notice is in line with the 30 days ultimatum handed to the Federal Government to inaugurate a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The latest threat from the IYC is coming 24 hours after it threatened to re-enact the 12 days revolution embarked upon by late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro when he declared the Niger Delta Republic in 1966.
The IYC president, Mr Peter Igbifa, who spoke with journalists after observing the annual Boro day celebration in Yenagoa, also advice IOCs and other oil companies owned by Nigerians to prepare to evacuate the Niger delta region.
According to him the decision taken to serve the IOCs notice is to demonstrate the seriousness of Ijaw youths on its decision to ensure a total shutdown of all oil exploration activities in the Niger delta region if the NDDC board is not inaugurated after the expiration of the 30 days ultimatum which a few days away.
Igbifa advised IOC’s to peacefully move their personnel’s out of the Niger Delta region to avoid casualties in course of the shut down.
“We are not going to carry gun and chase anybody as Ijaw youths but we will stand on our right until our demand for substantive board is inaugurated in the NDDC. In line with the ultimatum as the days are counting, we should have nine days remaining to go. All IOCs operating in our region should begin a peaceful and gentle evacuation of their personnel. It should be a very gentle and peaceful evacuation because we do not want anybody to take advantage of the shutdown.
“We want them to take responsibility of their personnel, remove them gently. If you have IOCs that operates flow stations, take the remaining days and time and shutdown them down gently by yourself. We are not coming to your flow station, shut them by yourself, we want you to shut the flames by yourself and vacate your personnel. Within these days remaining in the ultimatum, you can take three to four days to shut down and evacuate so we can have a peaceful shutdown.
“We have said from the beginning we are not taking up arms, we are not shooting and this is why we pray that this thing runs gently and we pray that the federal Government do the needful. We must achieve this task to appease Boro and the spirit of these men who fought with him during the 12 days revolution, because their spirit cannot rest until the things they fought for are achieved,” he said.
Igbifa implored the Federal Government do the needful before the end of the ultimatum to avoid the breakdown of law and order as they may not be able to guarantee the safety of personnel working with IOCs.
“We will try to see that law and order are not broken down and that’s why we are advising them to handle it by the self; we believe that a word is enough for the wise, he said.”
Courtesy (excluding headline) Sun
Source: News Express
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