Ijaw youths demand probe of ‘unfair’ oil blocks allocation

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Except the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government probes alleged unfair allocation of oil blocks in the country, there would be more hostilities in the Niger Delta region, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has warned.

Meanwhile, in a bid to end the recent upsurge in pipeline vandalism in the oil rich Niger Delta, the Federal Government has expressed interest in negotiating with the Avengers insurgency group.

President of the Ijaw youths worldwide, Udengs Eradiri, gave the caution when he spoke with newsmen at the headquarters of the IYC in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital as part of activities to mark this year’s Isaac Boro Day.

Also, as part of activities to honour the late hero of the Ijaw nation, many shops and other commercial outlets in Yenagoa, the State capital were shut yesterday following a directive by the IYC that shop owners should not open for business as a mark of honour for Boro.

IYC”s warning came a few days after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) gave a two-week ultimatum to oil blocks owners to evacuate their workers from the oil wells or get blown up.

Eradiri blamed President Buhari for much of the “indiscriminate sharing of oil blocks” as they were allegedly carried out during his tenure as Petroleum Minister and Head of State. He accused the President of denying Niger Deltans ownership of oil blocks at the time, while allegedly allocating the same to his kinsmen and their cronies.

“One of the most salient issues that if not addressed will lead to more crisis is the issue of the oil blocks.

“President Buhari is a one time Petroleum Minister and Head of State in this country. Let us go and do an assessment of that time. The time when criminally they shared our oil blocs was under his watch either as Petroleum Minister or as Head of State. It is in one of those times.
“Oil blocks were shared to one group. Look at it, either the person (owner of oil bloc) was a former military president or relative of the military president or an in-law to a military president,” Eradiri said.

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