Tompolo: Ignore Arewa youths, IYC tells presidency
The Ijaw Youth Council, (IYC) western zone, has berated the Arewa youth Assembly for its statement urging the federal government not to continue giving any pipeline contract to High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo better known as Tompolo.
GbaramatuVoice had earlier reported that the Arewa group made this known in a statement by its leader, Abdulsalam Mohammed-Kazeem, in Kaduna as they accused the Niger-Delta freedom fighter of being disrespectful to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting, IYC, Western zone, in a statement issued to the press and signed by its Chairman, Dr. Doubra Collins Okotete and Secretary, Comr. Omaghomi Olu-Derimon and Secretary described the statement by Arewa youth as “reckless, irresponsible, childish and shameful.”
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The group said: “If the Arewa Youth Assembly were responsible enough, protection of pipeline security would not be part or bane of their statement with the level of insecurity ravaging the north with no solution in sight and with the recent incident that occurred on the 28th of march 2022 were terrorist freely unchallenged bombed the Kaduna Abuja train, killing several promising Nigerians and kidnapping more than a hundred passengers on the train and within same period the kaduna international airport was attacked and under siege, these are just a few of the several insecurity challenges bedeviling the Northern part of the country and the Arewa youth assembly with a notorious propensity for violence are yet to condemn these horrorful happenings in the North but quick to speak on oil matters that they don’t have a knowledge of how its produced. “We no blame una”.
The group also enjoined Arewa youth to focus their energy on matters that affects their domain like insecurity as Tompolo have done a lot to provide peace in the Niger-Delta.
It continued: “While innocent citizens are still in the custody of the bandits that attacked the train with such like scenario spread across the northern part of the country, a mannerless and a juvenile body such as Arewa youth assembly will shamefully berate Tompolo who have constantly sacrificed alot in maintaining the relative peace across the Niger Delta region with unbroken track records.
“We can recall that just recently a notorious kidnapper, MK was on rampage in the creeks of Delta state creating uneasy calm. he allegedly killed some military men cart away with their ammunitions, but low and behold, it was still the same Tompolo who came to the rescue, captured MK and his men and handed them over, this is just a sample of so many rescue operations he has embarked on without public attention, we make bold to say that if a figure like Tompolo was in the Northern part of Nigeria , peace would have returned by now.
“Its on record that despite the pipeline security awarded to some firms, oil theft and pipeline vandalisation is on the rise and its a noticeable fact by NNPC and the Federal government that Tompolo is the ONLY man that can come to the rescue before our economy nose dive to a level that will take us back to the woods, he’s shown capacity over time and Niger Deltans are proud and happy with his leadership charisma, kn