The Ijaws from Delta state have requested President Bola Tinubu to select a member of their community as a minister in the national cabinet. The Ijaw Youth Council’s spokesperson, Comrade Binebai Princewill, conveyed this message in a statement in Warri. He highlighted the significant economic contribution of Ijaw communities in the state, stemming from the abundant oil resources in their land.
Additionally, he emphasized that Ijaw politicians played a significant role in rallying support for President Tinubu’s triumph. He urged that their importance shouldn’t be disregarded when considering ministerial selections.
“As Ijaw people in Delta State, we are in the Delta South Senatorial District as majority tribe in Delta South, we are in Burutu Local Government Council, Bomadi, Patani, Warri South West, Warri South and Warri North Local Government Areas.
“Suffice to say that, there is no ethnic group in Delta State that can claim to be contributing towards the growth and development of Nigeria and Delta State both politically and economically more than the Ijaws.
“It has become worrisome to the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide that despite the role played by Ijaw sons and daughters in Delta State who worked hard to mobilize votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general elections that brought in our highly respected President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Tinubu to power, the Ijaws in Delta have been so sidelined, relegated and reduced to the lowest level in Delta State, considering the ministerial appointments so far.
“If the Ijaw land is good enough for oil exploration activities to take place which is contributing to the economic viability of Nigeria and our people can go to any length in contributing to the victory of the APC, then there should be no barrier to their political elevation as minister and other key positions in the current Federal government headed by President Bola Tinubu. We have capable Ijaw sons and daughters in APC that can man such positions.”
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