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NDDC: Buhari Must Inaugurate Okumagba Board ASAP – UYFC

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Popular Nigerian Group, the Urhobo Youth Forum For Change, UYFC has come out to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Pius Odubu and Bernard Okumagba-led executive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC asap.

The Coordinator of the group, Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro, recently revealed this in a statement in Ughelli.

According to him, the Urhobo speaking people of Delta State are the most patient tribe in Nigeria, so Buhari should inaugurate the board that has already been screened by the senate.

He added that the people of the region have been taken for granted for so long and it is time for them to get what they absolutely deserve.

His words, β€œFor us at UYFC, the Ijaw group who filed out in protests since last week acted our minds and we are solidly behind every move to inaugurate Okumagba-led executive board and we shall stop at nothing to stampede the government to inaugurate a board constituted by the President and duly screened by the Senate of the Federal Republic.”

β€œWe have in Urhobo land the Otorogun gas plant the largest in West Africa, yet, we have nothing to show for it. President Buhari will be deliberately inviting trouble if he refuses to inaugurate the board.”

“We are tired of the deceptions called a forensic audit. Urhobo people will no longer watch while some people ride roughshod on our collective intelligence as a people. The people of Urhobo land are tired of this macabre dance,” Akpodoro stated while calling on Urhobo leaders to stand up to their responsibilities by supporting the youths in times like this.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’Γ©tat. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.


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