6 June 2011
The former President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Front, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, Sunday said the long-drawn agitiations by the youths of the Niger Delta region for a better deal would not be assuaged by the election of President Goodluck Jonathan unless concrete efforts were made to address the developmental needs of the people.
He said even if the election of a Ijaw man as president had done a lot to raise the expectations of the minorities in the country, such expectations were not enough to satisfy the yearnings of the Niger Delta people for an opportunity to control their resources.
"We do not see this achievement as the end to our struggle," he said. "It is no doubt a big boost and an added impetus to the struggle. It shows that if we can surmount the challenges, difficulties and road-blocks to produce the president, then we can also realise the dream of attaining independence for our people one day."