President of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof. Benjamin Okaba, has accused some members of the National Assembly of undermining the nation’s democracy following their rejection of e-collation and transmission of election results.
Okaba, who spoke in Yenagoa at the first anniversary of the executive council of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), frowned at the rejection of the critical clause of the Electoral Amendment Bill, describing it as “another crack in the wall of Nigeria’s unity.”
While lamenting over the development, the INC President noted that the actions of the lawmakers showed that they do not meann well for the country and its nascent democracy, adding that the trust and confidence of Nigerians were being eroded daily.
The erudite professor of Sociology, who used the occasion to unveil the office of the National Spokesman of the IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, further lamented that the hope of those who anticipated electoral reforms has been dashed.
According to him, fraudulent electoral processes had been the greatest challenge hindering the country from moving forward and achieving sustainable development and described the rejection as anti-democratic, retrogressive and pathetic.
Okaba declared that Nigeria was on the precipice with the enemies of the country showing more impunity on daily basis, and called for the unity of Ijaw people.
The INC leader, while commissioning an ICT centre established by Ekerefe, urged other youth leaders to jettison selfishness and borrow a leaf from the IYC spokesman and be good ambassadors of the council so that posterity can remember them tomorrow.
He equally commended Ekerefe for his good account of stewardship and also his desire to advance the cause of others.
Speaking, Comrade Ekerefe, pledged that Ijaw youths will work with the INC and complement its efforts to realise the Ijaw cause.
“Since we started, despite the challenges of leadership, we have been conscious and cautious of our actions to make the Ijaw youths and our parents proud”, he said.
Ekerefe assured that he will consolidate on the gains of his first year as spokesman of the IYC, stressing that the second year of the council led by Comrade Timothy Igbifa will experience more of empowerment programmes for youths of the Ijaw nation.
He acknowledged that while the past year was challenging; several lessons were dutifully learnt and expressed optimism that the surmounted challenges opened new paths of opportunities for the IYC.
The IYC National Spokesman disclosed that in marking his one year in office, he was able to, among other things, initiate the ICT training centre for willing Ijaw youths to be trained and said the project was borne out of his desire to give back to the society.
Ekerefe also used the medium to thank Prof. Okaba for his timely intervention and peaceful resolutions of the issues that rocked the IYC recently.