Sequel to the recent backlash statement attributed to the Ijaw Youth Council, saying Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike lacks the power to stop its planned protests, the IYC has come out to state clearly that the alleged statement is false.
National President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Deacon Timothy Igbifa said the statement was not from the stables of the leadership of the council.
According to a statement issued by Igbifa, “such a statement never at any time, originated from the IYC”.
The president said that such a comment may have originated from a single person in the council, but that it does not represent the full message of the council on the matter.
He also warned members of the council never to allow themselves to be used by any politically motivated persons or persons to cause confusions or give the council a bad image.
According to the president, it is rather wrong for any person or group of persons to belittle the powers of a serving governor who is also the chief security officer of his state, by saying the governor lacked “powers to stop protests”.
The statement read in part:
The council at no time authorised the statement, which tried to belittle the Rivers State Governor, downplay his powers and create an impression that the IYC is on a collision course with Governor Nyesom Wike.
We listened carefully to the governor when he received the Sole Administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Effiong Akwa, who paid him a courtesy visit on February 2nd, 2021.
Wike specifically said that the NDDC was not the birthright of any ethnic nationality (including his Ikwere ethnic group). The governor also said that he would no longer tolerate protests capable of causing problems and crises in the state.
This is coming on the heels of a statement credited to Comr. Ebiladei Ebikerefe, the national spokesman of the council, claiming that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State lacked the powers to stop the planned protest at the NDDC headquarters in the state.