Why We Kept Silent Over Amaechi-Jonathan Feud – Ijaw Youths


The umbrella body of the Ijaw Youths Worldwide,the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), yesterday explained the reason for its silence over the lingering political feud between the Governor of Rivers State,Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and the President,Dr. Goodluck Jonathan,saying the feud is a distraction from the sufferings of the Ijaw Ethnic settlements in the State.
According to the IYC,through a position presented to newsmen yesterday in Yenagoa by the former secretary-general,Comrade Udengs Eradiri,said though the feud between the President and the Rivers state Governor was considered a master-boy disagreement,the silence of the IYC was due to its bottled up anger against the actions and poor policies of the Rivers Government against the Ijaw ethnic group in the state.
Udengs Eradiri,who is also a leading Presidential aspirant in the forthcoming National Executive Council (NEC) poll,said the Rivers State Government has not been fair to the ethnic nationalities with the mass demolition of their homes along the waterfront and throwing Ijaw families into a state of despair and suffering.
Eradiri said,”the Ijaw Youths have observed the reported feud between Governor Amaechi and President Jonathan with amusement.IYC is an interested party and supports President Goodluck Jonathan.But we have observed that the crisis is a distraction from the core issues of poor governance and sufferings of the Ijaws in Rivers State.”
“We are silent because we know the genesis of the crises.We know that this is a feud between the master and his boy.This has gone too far and the President should be left alone and be allowed to resolve it.The Ijaw people are suffering in Rivers State.The areas of Ijaw in Rivers State are suffering from under-development.We are not happy about it.”

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