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Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014

Urhobo Youths Raises Alarm over FG Marginalisation, Demand for Ibori’s Release

LAGOS FEBRUARY 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Again, a clarion call has gone out for the release of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is serving a jail term in the UK prison over alleged sundry offences.
Urhobo youth, under the aegis of Coalition of Urhobo Nation Youth Leaders and Stakeholders (CUNYLS), made the demand for the freedom of the incarcerated former governor.

‘’Mr. President, Urhobo youths plead for the release of James Ibori. Pardon him please. Mr. President, please do not undermine the over three million Urhobo nation’s votes’’, they said.
Besides, they also demanded for Urhobo State and ministerial and other federal appointments for qualified Urhobo indigenes.
They maintained that the Urhobo ethnic nationality was grossly marginalised in the scheme of things, stating that there was great disillusionment and disenchantment in Urhobo land over what they described as near erosion of Urhobo economy and political relevance.
Leader of the group, Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro, in a statement, said the youth also matched in Abuja to drive home their demands.
The statement quoted him as saying at the residence of E. K. Clark, that they would support the re-election bid President Goodluck Jonathan whom they considered as the symbol of equal opportunity for all and freedom from dominance by the hegemonies
According to him, the youths also called on him to make haste to declare his intention to re-contest, as he is the best performing President Nigeria has ever had.
They also cautioned against unguarded utterances from past leaders and politicians as such unholy outbursts were provocative and attempts to blackmail the President and the minority groups.
Anighoro said Dokubo Asari informed the groups that some prominent Nigerians were negotiating for the release for Ibori, expressing the hope that the former governor would soon enjoy the air of freedom.
Source: Daily Independent

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