Ijaw youths have disowned the call for the removal of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, following his efforts to sanitise the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The youths under the auspices of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide said they were not part of the agitation as it was detrimental to the development of the Niger Delta region.
IYC Spokesman, Daniel Dasimaka, in a statement said the umbrella body of Ijaw youths was solidly behind Akpabio and had no reason to demand his removal.
Dasimaka said: “The IYC is pleased with the moves Senator Akpabio has taken so far as Niger Delta Minister. We wholeheartedly welcome the call to audit the activities of the NDDC and to reposition the Commission and other MDAs saddled with responsibilities to develop our region.
“We are all aware of the uncommon transformation that the minister brought to Akwa Ibom in his eight years as Governor and desire to see him replicate same in the entire region.
“There is, therefore, no way would the IYC or any development-seeking youths from our region call for the sack of an agent of positive change like Sen Akpabio.
“The call for his sack is the handiwork of impostors who want to leverage on the influence and credibility of the IYC to push their own agenda. And for the avoidance of doubt, Barrister Pereotubo Oweilaemi is the President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)”.