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Buhari IYC condemns President over comments on pipeline vandals

The IYC President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri described the comment by President Buhari as retrogressive.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a news conference after meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Abuja play Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a news conference after meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Abuja, Nigeria March 2, 2016 (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has criticised what it called the anti Niger-Delta stance of President Buhari.

This is coming on the heels of the comment reportedly made by Buhari warning pipeline vandals to desist from their act, or they will be dealt with like the Boko Haram sect.

The IYC President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri described the comment as retrogressive.

Sahara Reporters reports that Eradiri said “We condemn the statement by President Buhari. President Buhari went to China for discussions on possible investments and began to say that he will 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 statement, it shows he is not current with investment trends of the world.

“The statement shows that he will be sending bombs and troops to the Niger Delta like he does against the Boko Haram sect. The investors will become scared because they know that the deployment of bombs and troops will destroy their possible investment in the region.”

Meanwhile, a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers, has dared Buhari,  and also threatened to blow up more oil pipelines and installations in the region, over the alleged neglect of local communities in the Niger-Delta by the government.

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