Monday, January 16, 2012

David-West Cautions Ijaw Over Fuel Subsidy Crisis

14 January 2012

FORMER Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West has cautioned the Ijaw against giving ethnic coloration to the fuel subsidy removal crisis.

He told The Guardian in Port Harcourt yesterday that it was wrong for some Ijaw leaders and persons from the Niger Delta to conclude that resistance against fuel subsidy removal was aimed at frustrating and possibly ousting of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former minister, an Ijaw, who described the fuel subsidy issue as a national one, reminded those who are ascribing ethnic meaning to the ongoing nationwide strike, to recall that the president did not win the April 2011 election with only the votes from the Niger Delta and the Ijaw.

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