Hundreds of Ijaw youths on Wednesday marched along some streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital to protest the alleged harassment of former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The protesters who converged under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Eastern Zone, said it was unjust and unfair for the EFCC to single out Mrs Jonathan for investigation in a country that has former first ladies, and also decried the move to tarnish the image of the former President through the Malabu Oil deal.
As they sang and danced in carnival-like fashion, the protesters, who were led by the Chairman, Eastern Zone of IYC, Comrade Iyerifama Godswill Jaja, waved placards bearing messages decrying the lot of the Niger Delta region and its sons and daughters in the Nigerian federation.
Some of the placards read, “Leave our daughter alone; Oil lifting license must include Niger Delta people. Government, stop Malabu prosecution, we don’t want Ibrahim Magu as EFCC boss; stop war on corruption against Niger Deltas, etc.
The youths, who came out in their numbers wondered why the Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC has turned a blind eye to other Nigerian former First Ladies and decided to investigate only Mrs Jonathan, and the husband.
The protest which started from Mile 4, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area disrupted the flow of traffic along the ever-busy Aba road where they made a quick stop at Port Harcourt office of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) before moving down to Ikwerre road.
Comrade Jaja, who later addressed journalists, said the youths in the region will no longer close their eyes and allow the EFCC to continue to harass and intimidate the former first lady.
He said the protest was aimed at drawing the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, Niger Delta Governors, the international community, human Right watch etc on the unjust treatment of the Jonathans.
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