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Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) faults Buhari on military action against pipeline vandals

Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide, has described as retrogressive, the comment by President Muhammadu Buhari on the preparedness of his administration to deal decisively with oil and gas pipeline vandals like Boko Haram insurgents. The Ijaw youths called on the President to investigate the sponsors of the heinous act with a view to tackling the menace instead of raining bombs on the Niger Delta region under the guise of fighting alleged
vandals. President Buhari had, last week, during an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in China, warned that his administration would descend heavily on oil and gas pipeline vandals as well as other saboteurs the same way the nation’s armed forces were dealing with members of the Boko Haram sect. IYC, through its President, Mr Udengs Eradiri, described Buhari’s position as anti-Niger Delta and condemnable considering the investment purpose of the presidential visit to China. He said: “We condemn the statement by President Buhari. The president went to China for discussions on possible investments and began to say that he would deal with pipeline vandals like Boko Haram. It is wrong. “It shows that President Buhari does not have the true picture of the Niger Delta. For him to make such a statement shows that he is not current with investment trends in the world. The statement shows that he will be sending bombs and troops to the Niger Delta as he did against the Boko Haram sect. “The investors will become scared because they know that the deployment of bombs and troops will destroy their possible investments in the region. “President Buhari naturally shot himself in the foot. How can he go to China to discuss business and investment with proposed payment with resources from the Niger Delta and at the same time threaten the custodians of the means of payment? He also discussed investments without considering citing any in the Niger Delta where the wealth would be sourced from.”

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