A traditional ruler in Bayelsa State, King Dumaro Charles Owaba, has said that the people of the Niger Delta region are not happy with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He spoke at a reception and award ceremony organised by the people of Ogbia, Akassa and Nembe clans of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), in honour of the national vice president and national legal adviser of the congress, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio and Mrs Bomo Toms Fetefigi-Obhe.
King Owaba, who is the Monarch of Ogbia Kingdom, said the people of the Niger Delta have been feeling short-changed over the years, particularly under the present administration.
The traditional ruler’s domain is where Oloibiri community, where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity and Otuoke community, where former president, Goodluck Jonathan, hails from, are located.
He said President Buhari can win back the trust of the people by sincerely ensuring equitable development and increasing sharing of oil revenue to the region.
King Owaba, who was chairman of the occasion, said the Niger Delta region, particularly the ijaw, had been undermined in the nation’s polity and the situation cannot continue like that.
Earlier, INC President, Professor Benjamin Okaba, had said the failure of Buhari to meet the demands of Ijaw leaders during their last meeting in Abuja, might lead to the declaration of a republic by the Ijaw nation.
Okaba, said though the final ratification on declaration of the Ijaw Republic depends on the outcome of the proposed all Ijaw Elders’ Conference, the demands before Buhari include true federalism, resources control and self-determination.
The recipients of the honour, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio and Mrs Bomo Toms Fetefigi-Obhe thanked the organizers for hosting the event, saying they will use their positions to further the cause of the Ijaw Nation and the people.