December 21, 2020 will remain a day that Niger Delta Affairs Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio will never forget in the rush of having to flee his office in Abuja.
Angry ijaw youths of Niger Delta had invaded the Niger Delta Ministry’s office in Abuja, demanding immediate resignation of Senator Akpabio for favoritism and neglect of the Ijaws, Globalgistng reports.
They were youths from the Ijaw Youths Congress (IYC), Abuja chapter.
One of their leaders said; “We are here in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to tell Godswill Akpabio that he did not put his blood for the Ijaw nation.
“We the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta put our blood for the ministry to come into being.
“He (Akpabio) cannot undermine the interests of the Ijaw nation, who are the largest ethnic group in the Niger Delta. It is not acceptable and will not accept it.
“That’s why we have come here to tell him (Akpabio) to resign. Today is the last day, he should leave this office for us.”
It should be recalled that angry Ijaw youths had on Monday, December 21, 2020, blocked the East-West Road to protest the appointment of Effiong Okon-Akwa as Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 12 appointed Okon-Akwa, who is the acting Executive Director, Finance, and Administration in NDDC, as the commission’s interim administrator.
The development provoked anger among stakeholders and youths from the region who demanded the setting up of a substantive management board for the NDDC.
The protesters massed at the strategic Mbiama-Yenagoa junction of the federal highway in the early hours of Monday and blocked the two lanes on the roads.
The aggrieved youths chanted war songs and carried placards with the inscriptions such as “Akpabio focus on your ministry and leave NDDC alone,” “Ijaw youths demand a substantive board for NDDC,” and “Say no to the appointment of administrator for NDDC.”
The IYC also accused Akpabio of pocketing the region and playing politics with the commission.
The body alleged that the minister was undermining the region’s development for selfish gains.
The Spokesman of IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, who led the protests, said: “Niger Delta is not your personal estate; you cannot pocket a region. We say no to the appointment of a sole administrator. Sole administrator is alien to NDDC act.”