PIA: Don’t come to Niger Delta, Group warns Buhari, Slyva


The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, said jeers and boos await President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva if they set their legs on any state in the South-south.

The threat is in the light of the newly signed Petroleum Industry Act, PIA, believed in the region to be skewed against oil producing communities with only 3 percent of the revenue from the oil sale is accrued to them. So also allegation that the National Assembly members collected $10m bribe to pass the petroleum bill before it was assented to by Buhari is equally causing angst.

IYC in a statement its national spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe released, weighed in on the purported $10m bribe and cleared the air on report credited to it as well as warned President and Slyva to steer clear of the Niger-Delta to avoid disgrace.

It reads in part: “We have yet to verify the authenticity of the alleged $10m bribery scandal involving the National Assembly members for the PIB to be passed. But if we find out that any of the National Assembly members from the Niger Delta region is culpable in this alleged bribery scam, they’ll be treated like infidels.

“The IYC is not planning any protest for now. What we said is that President Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources should not come to the Niger Delta region for now because of the palpable anger of the people.

“But if they do, I can assure them that they will be greeted with boos and jeers. It will not be the first time such disgraceful treatment will be meted out to leaders from this region, and that will be activated.”


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