The umbrella body of Ijaw youths , the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide , has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari following his victory in the just- concluded election .
The IYC in a statement on Friday by its spokesman , Daniel Dasimaka , described President Buhari ’ s victory as a testament of the level of acceptance he enjoyed in different parts of the country .
He, however, urged the President to reward the efforts and support he received from the Niger Delta by developing the region in his second term in office .
Before the election , Dasimaka issued a controversial IYC statement endorsing the candidature of Buhari and gave reasons the region should vote for him .
Dasimaka said beyond the endorsement , other like-minded members in the group worked to garner votes for the President based on their conviction that he meant well for the region .
The IYC spokesman said , “ We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and urge him to treat his victory as a victory for all Nigerians and to see the entire country including regions and state where he did not win as his constituency .
“ We call on the President to effectively utilise and build on the massive support he and his party received from the Niger Delta in general and the Ijaw nation in particular on his race to reelection by developing the region and Ijaw land .
“ This victory affords the President the golden opportunity to write his name in the sand of time in the Niger Delta by completing projects like the East West road , Ogoni Clean up , Brass LNG and Petrochemicals , Brass Fertilizer, Train 7 of the Bonny LNG , Bodo – Bonny Road , stopping of Gas Flaring and the transformation of flared gas to Power, among others.
“ The Ijaw youths promise to continue to work with President Buhari to deliver this on his development plan for the Niger Delta by maintaining the peace in the region . ”