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BIAFRA: Ijaw Youth Congress Worldwide attacks Buhari over handling of IPOB issue

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Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide, yesterday, flayed President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the people of the Niger Delta. 
The IYC said in a statement that Buhari’s administration had institutionalised double standards in its treatment of the Arewa youth leaders who issued a quit notice to Igbos living in the north and other youth groups and agitators in the country, especially members of the IPOB and Niger Delta agitators. Factional President, IYC, Mr. Eric Omare, said it is the height of nepotism and sectionalism for Buhari’s administration to treat the Arewa youth leaders who committed serious offence bordering on national security with kid gloves. 
He said while the Arewa youths were being hosted to state dinners, the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kalu, is being threatened with arrest, as well as several Niger Delta activists languishing in detention.
‘’The way and manner the Arewa youths were treated clearly justifies our earlier position that the quit notice was politically-motivated and had the backing of the Hausa/ Fulani political class. ‘’ 

A further confirmation of the involvement of the political class was the presence of the Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima, at the press conference to suspend the politically motivated quit notice and the state hosting of the Arewa youth leaders by the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. 
‘’Nigerians will recall the questionable role played by Shettima in the controversial kidnap of the Chibok girls to blackmail Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. The IYC is convinced that if the Arewa youth leaders were to be members of IPOB or from the Niger Delta region, they would have been in underground detention cells by now. Even Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who earlier ordered for the arrest of the Arewa youth leaders has gone mute.  

‘’While the Arewa youths are enjoying state dinners, Niger Delta youth activists such as Ezekiel Daniel, Alex Odogu, ex-militant leader, Bonny Gawei and several others are in underground detention cells. Ezekiel Daniel has been in DSS detention for more than a year for mere Facebook comment. This is sad and unacceptable. The IYC condemns this institutionalisation of double standard in national affairs.’’
He clearly noted that with the way and manner the Arewa youth leaders were treated, the Buhari administration had lost the justification to threaten to re-arrest Kanu or any other agitators in the southern part of Nigeria. He rationalised that Nigerians ought to be treated equally irrespective of their place of origin or ethnic background. 
He strongly advised against the planned revocation of the bail and arrest of the leader of IPOB, saying that arresting him (Kanu) would set Nigeria in flames. He demanded that Niger Delta activists such as Ezekiel Daniel, Alex Odogu and others in detention be released without further delay.

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