Says a united INC, IYC key to the Ijaw advancement
BY OBED OLUKU….
A Niger Delta human rights activist, Amb. Comr. Binebai Yerin Princewill has commended the generalisimo of the present day Niger Delta struggle for self identity, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo for putting to an end of the lingering crises that have bedevilled the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide for years.
Amb. Binebai Princewill also lauded Chief A. K Horsefall and other good spirited Ijaw leaders who worked behind the scene to achieve the present level of unity in the revered Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Worldwide.
The rights activist made this known to newsmen in Warri earlier today, of which a copy was sent to COASTAL TIMES.
He particularly described the intervention of Tompolo and the move for unity convention to kick-start the transition process as a welcome development that will definitely relaunch IYC as a vocal and leading youth organisation in the World.
Binebai maintained that the unity of the Ijaw National Congress, INC and her youth organ, the Ijaw Youth Council remains key to the development of Ijaw nation.
Speaking further, he said the factionalization of the once revered IYC and the decay of INC have gravely hampered the growth and development of the Ijaw nation within the past few years.
Princewill particularly regretted that while other ethnic groups within the country whether big or small are making serious demands in moving forward, the story of Ijaw nation is not so as they continue to attack themselves in the open, thereby not making the larger society to give Ijaws the needed respect as they continue to take the ethnic group for granted owing its internal divisions.
In his words: “The Ijaws must not fail to know that our disunity is peoples unity, our underdevelopment makes people and keep them happy, our woes makes people stronger, we must not joke with our unity as a people.
“It is only a united Ijaw nation that can collectively confront our darkest challenges, we have lots of issues to tackle as an oppresed people in this country, we must organize ourselves to demand for what is due us, there should be no room for internal strife.
“If we have a truly united INC, IYC, there is nothing we can’t achieve in this country “.
Nevertheless, Amb. Binebai had appreciated both presidents of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Barr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi and Barr. Eric Omare for putting the Ijaw Interest first, stressing that the Ijaw nation is proud of them, he stressed that they must continue to see themselves as brothers beyond IYC presidency.
Meanwhile, the rights activist further called on Niger Delta leader, Tompolo and others to wade into INC so that they can also conduct their election to usher new executive members to pilot the affairs in order to bring the Ijaw nation back to track.