President of the Ijaw Youths Concil, Mr Oweilaemi Roland Pereotubo has challenged the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson to do his best in ensuring that issues of abandoned and uncompleted projects are addressed before the expiration of his tenure.
At the same time, the IYC leader has declared the readiness of youths of Ijaw extraction in the Niger Delta to stand by Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's former president during his times of travails.
Pereotubo said in an interview with TNN that although they were not against the trial of anyone found to have gone against the laws of the land, it was unfair for the former president and his family members to be constantly harassed and intimidated for political reasons.
“Goodluck is our leader and our father who rose from deputy, governor of Bayelsa State to become vice president and subsequently president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who deserves our support and encouragement.
From inception, it looks to us like political persecution instead of genuine prosecution without witch hunt. The government is dissipating too much energy on the former first family. However, we are not saying that anybody who has case to answer must be made to do so within our laws and not to harass or intimidate people for political reasons.”
He said the IYC was determined to continuously promote the Ijaw struggle as well as protect its sons and daughters against external aggression. He also expressed the belief that Dickson, being “a man who is passionate about the Ijaw nation and unity of Ijaw people will do nothing less than the unity of Ijaw nation which includes Goodluck and all other Ijaw leaders and Niger Delta leaders. As President of IYC I am aware of some deliberate steps governor Dickson is taking to unite us in respective of party affiliations.”
Pereotubo lamented that there have been abandoned projects everywhere in the state. “The abandoned projects syndrome is a terrible one. You will give it to Governor Dickson that he has done very well for Bayelsa State in terms of development. You will agree with me that government is a continuum and that is why projects that are not completed by the subsisting government should be taken up by the incoming government.
“I will always encourage the governor to do more in trying to complete some of the abandoned and uncompleted projects. I am aware the governor is doing well in area of development in the state. Of course, you will agree with me that no single person can develop Bayelsa overnight. The governor Dickson administration has done well in the state.”