The president of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, has urged Ijaw youths across the country to shun all acts of violence as Gen. Muhammadu Buhari emerged president-elect.
After congratulating Buhari, Eradiri confirmed that the ijaw Youth Council would support the incoming administration of Buhari just as it supported the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“First of all, I want to commend President Goodluck Jonathan for conducting the freest and fairest election that Nigeria has ever had and Africa would take example from him. I want to use this opportunity to congratulate General Buhari who has emerged winner of the Presidential elections.
“And so, as IYC, when we had our own as President, the Igbos, the Yorubas, the Hausas were loyal to him, we will be loyal to the President-elect, General Buhari, who from May 29, would become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We will accept it (the results of the election)…” Eradiri said.
He also emphasized that any Ijaw youth involved in acts of protests or violent conducts would be doing so at his or her own risk.
The IYC president warned that “If you go and protest, you are on your own, if you go and destroy anything, you are on your own. I, as the leader of youths in this region, we had reached out to other ethnic nationalities to canvass support. Maybe, we started late, maybe the attention was not given that should have started with the political class.
“History has already recorded it. So the best we can do is to key into his administration just as the Yoruba keyed into this administration; Hausas keyed into this administration, it is time for us to also to also key into the administration of another leader. So I call on our people to steer clear of all those political manipulations.”
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