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The leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has warned the northern youth of the Arewa Youth Assembly against using derogatory comments against a former Niger Delta freedom fighter, the top leader of the Ekpemupolo government, also known as Tompolo, in the management of crude oil monitoring contract awarded by the federal government.
The leaders also said that the youths of the North had no right to blame the NNPC and the Federal Government’s decision on the award of the N4 billion oil monitoring contract.
They warned the young people of Arewa should be ashamed that Tompolo and others are protecting the spring that feeds the nation while they sit idle and allowing insecurity to fester in the northern states.
According to the IYC, despite the vexatious and provocative nature of the comment and the threat of protest from the Arewa Youth Assembly, the youth of the six states in the Niger Delta region fully support the decision to award the contract. surveillance in Tompolo and ensure that its capacity can never be questioned by prying young intruders, such as the young people of Arewa.
In a statement made available to journalists by the IYC, through its national spokesperson Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, the group warned that instead of young people in the North becoming the hands of criminal elements implicated in the theft of oil in the region and castigate the person or the direction of High Prime Minister Ekpemupolo, they should focus their energy to support the security agencies in the fight against the increasing cases of kidnapping, banditry and terrorism in the northern region of the country.
“While Tompolo and many sincere young leaders worked to protect the peace and security of the Niger Delta, what are they doing to contribute to the necessary security in the North? Tompolo has worked tirelessly for peace in the Niger Delta and will continue to support and protect the wealth of the nation in collaboration with other stakeholders,” he said.
Previously, another group, the Amalgamated Arewa Youth Groups (AAYG), a coalition of 225 northern youth groups, called on the federal government to immediately withdraw the N4 billion pipeline monitoring contract awarded to former delta activists. of Niger, the Ekpemuopolo government, better known as Tomolo.
The Arewa youths, while lamenting what they described as an alleged romance between the federal government and Tompolo, said, “We have received news of the award of a pipeline monitoring contract worth of more than 4 billion naira, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited to Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta with a brutal shock.
AAYG spokesperson, Comrade Victor Duniya, in a statement released in Kaduna, said: “Our group understands that the said contract is aimed at ending illegal bunkering, illegal refining and other forms of oil theft in the Niger Delta.
“We are particularly concerned that at the beginning of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, when Tompolo was declared wanted by the EFCC, there was the uncontrolled bombardment of oil installations in the Niger Delta, which contributed in such a small way to dragging Nigeria into recession”.
The Northern Coalition lamented that “it is very unfortunate that our government and the management of NNPC Limited are cheaply submitting to the blackmail of a man whose main business initiative is to raise arms against the state and gathering cultists from his region, to his country house to make his bid, as the main qualification to get a contract to protect the oil facilities in the Niger Delta region of our country.
Duniya pointed out that “the apparent triumph of people like Tompolo over our armed forces is a clear case of abdication of responsibility”, pointing out “otherwise 1,000,000 of his kind would not succeed against 200,000,000 Nigerians”.
He said: “We are however not surprised that the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who should have rallied the armed forces to bring peace to the Niger Delta, as he is doing in south-east, south-west and Boko Haram has ravaged the North-East, shows that he has let the solidarity of the Niger Delta take precedence over the national interest, a virtue for which our armed forces are known” , while calling for his resignation, along with other department heads.
Duniya noted that the reports available to Arewa Youth “attribute the award of the contract to the roles of the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva and Group Executive Director of NNPC Limited, Upstream, Engr Adokiye Tombomelye played”, alleging that “these are people who brokered the deal”.
Subsequently, they called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Sylva and Tombomelye, for promoting ethnic and regional interests over the national interest, and Mele Kyari, the NNPC GMD, for using his office to reward the criminality and betrayal tendencies instead of patriotism.
They also want the CDS, Irabor and service chiefs sacked for not using the instrument of coercion at their disposal to end oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, we also want to suggest that Tomopolo be appointed chief of defense staff since he was deemed competent to whip oil thieves to the line, the role that service chiefs have consistently failed to play.