According to a press statement made available to Wee Talk Naija, signed by the Publicity Secretary, Comrade John Ebikeme, the group urged Buhari to ignore those calling for the sack of Godswill Akpabio and Interim Management Committee members.
The statement thus reads,
The attention of the Ijaw Youths Must Move Forward has been drawn to a press release accredited to General Ebikemefa Dube in a purported press briefing in Port Harcourt Rivers State with a title ” PRESIDENT BUHARI SACK SEN. GODSWILL AKPABIO AND HIS EVIL INTERIM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE” and also accusing the President of the Ijaw Youths Must Move Forward (IYMMF) Comrade Navy Stephen of collecting bribe from members of the IMC and calling him all sorts of names.
We could have chosen to ignore his malicious, baseless allegations and senseless call but for the sake of clarity and to clear his ignorance and lack of knowledge concerning the mode of the paradigm of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), I deemed it pertinent to respond. General Ebikemefa Dube, it should interest you to know that the IYMMF Movement is not synonymous with corruption, we are not hungry people, we are people of integrity and morals. We don’t fight for stomach infrastructure; We are 101% in line with the Niger Delta struggle, we can’t betray the Niger Delta course.
I put to you without missing a word that our generation will be so pleased and proud of having Comrade Stephen Navy.
The entire members of the Ijaw Youths Must Move Forward wish to State here that your empty threat can’t and will not deter us from given the needed support to the IMC and will continue to expose all the cankanwarms associated with the underdevelopment of the Niger Delta Region and I want to strongly advise you that if you don’t know something, you should ask question.
If it was not these IMC. We wouldn’t have known the atrocities done in the NDDC been unfolded in recent times; I support this interim management committee of the NDDC because they are working very hard to salvage the Niger Delta and I don’t need a soothsayer to tell me they will not achieve their goals.
What about the verification of Contractors that is on going and the forensic audit exercise, since the establishment of the agency have you ever heard of such? I will not also forget to add, under the current Interim Management Committee, backlogs of school fees of foreign scholarship has been cleared.
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My brother, let’s learn to commend good work. You should not also forget I have power to support whosoever I wish to support, you are entitled to your own opinion and we must not all toe same line.
A man from your own tribe (Ijaw) has been a Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs; what difference does he made?
Please my brothers, I want to sincerely appeal to all sons and daughters of the Niger Delta to give the Interim management Committee of the NDDC the needed supports to enable them reposition the NDDC and the Niger Delta Region at large, let’s stop this pull him down syndrome, lets gave them the enabling environment to work so that tomorrow we will not continue to point accusing fingers. Enough of this pull him down syndrome and let’s collectively Move the Niger Delta forward, Niger Delta belong to us all.
Because of this people, so many Contractors have returned to sites.
I want to once again use this medium to call on His Excellency, The Commender in Chief of The Armed Force’s of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari to please release the needed fund to the commission to enable them work effectively and efficiently.