Comrade Udengs Eradiri, President, Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), has warned Boko Haram to desist from any plan to harm President Goodluck Jonathan and stop the killing of innocent Nigerian over religious war claims.
Eradiri made this statement during during the inauguration of various projects in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
He also added that the President must complete his tenure amiss threat by Boko Haram or else he ‘wont be allowed to come back home’.
Sun News reports:
President, Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), Comrade Udengs Eradiri has warned Boko Haram not to come close to President Goodluck Jonathan as any harm done to him will spell doom.
He also warned the sect to desist from killing innocent Nigerians in the name of religious war.
Speaking yesterday in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State at the inauguration of various projects, Eradiri said President Jonathan must contest in 2015, adding that the South-south region was not prepared to welcome him until 2019 when he would have completed his second term in office.
“You must accept to do a second term in office or else we won’t allow you come back home. Your tenure ends in 2019. We’ll inform Boko Haram strongly to stop this rubbish. But as a President, you must face fire and brimstone to become stronger and better. That’s why we kept quiet. We know when to act. But we won’t shed blood for 2015. But you’re contesting. We’ll support you to win. We’ll build bridges across various ethnic divides. We’ll put common sense on the table. We’ll go across all ethnic nationalities to make people see reason why you should complete your tenure. Ijaw youths are behind you.” he said.
Eradiri noted that the Niger/Delta struggle was merely an agitation for economic and political survival.
“To realize this, we know education is key. And we’re happy with the amnesty programme and the University being commissioned today”, he noted.
The IYC President urged the President to address the challenges of the post-amnesty programme as most of those trained in various fields were yet to be gainfully employed.
“Before the amnesty, oil companies claimed they could not employ our youths. But now, they are fully trained and yet they’re not absorbed. Please Mr. President, look into this issue”, he stated. Tell the oil companies to engage us. We are well-trained. We are even the best graduating students in some places like France and yet no job. Again we’re not happy with the issue of selling of oil fields without our inputs. We should have the first right of refusal. Shell has no business doing that. We have capacity to handle what Shell is doing,” he explained.
He also urged the president to engage youth in various communities in pipelines security as they know the terrain.
Also speaking at the event, Transport Minister, Senator Idris Umar extolled President Jonathan’s determination to transform to maritime sector and the nation as a whole.