Ijaw Youth criticizes Bayelsa Gov’s stance on maritime security, cites resource control agenda

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has voiced strong opposition to Bayelsa Governor Duoye Diri’s recent criticism of the Federal Government’s maritime security policy.

In a statement issued on Monday by its spokesman, Binebai Princewill, the IYC described Diri’s comments as “highly unpatriotic and purely against the self-determination and resource control agenda of the Ijaw Youth Council as contained in the Kaiama Declaration of 1998.”

Diri’s remarks, made during a courtesy visit from Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, drew ire from the IYC. The governor had expressed concern about the government’s engagement of non-state actors in securing the maritime environment, calling it a “policy decision that the government would later regret to have adopted.” He urged a review of the security strategy.