Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday led a high-powered delegation of some Ijaw leaders to former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to deliberate on the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee’s report on restructuring.
Jonathan, Dickson, and the Ijaw leaders called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC to be sincere with the implementation of the recommendations of the party’s committee led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
The former president and the Ijaw group said a holistic and sincere implementation of the recommendations on restructuring would encourage inter-ethnic harmony and development in the country.
A statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Jonathan as having said that the issues which fell under the purview of the committee were exhaustively treated during the 2014 National Conference.
He said it was a good idea that the APC was able to set up a committee to look into the same grey areas which featured prominently in the deliberations of the 2014 Conference.
Jonathan commended Dickson for playing the leadership role of coordinating the thoughts of the Ijaw people on the sensitive issue of restructuring.
He said the governor must be appreciated for ensuring that the Ijaw nation did not speak with discordant tones on the issue of restructuring.
He stressed that he was pleased that Dickson was performing the leadership role in accordance with his expectations by coordinating the Ijaw Nation on the topical issue.
Jonathan said: “I am pleased with the calibre of people who came with the governor to brief me on the issue of the recommendations of the APC Committee on restructuring.
“I must say that I am happy with the role being played by the governor on this issue of restructuring.
“Ethnic nationalities must not speak with discordant tones on such pertinent issues. I am pleased that Dickson is coordinating the Ijaw nation.
“I am also pleased that the APC set up a committee to look into the grey areas to come up with these recommendations.
“When we were in government we came up with a confab and several issues were addressed which, if sincerely implemented, would encourage relationship in the country.
“A sincere implementation of the recommendations on these grey areas will make the country to move forward.”
Speaking also, Dickson said he led the delegation of Ijaw leaders to the former president on a consultative meeting and to brief him on the steps the Ijaw people had taken to build bridges of understanding in the pursuit of what is right in the country.
He explained that the meeting focused on the issue of restructuring and the moves being made to bring about a just, fair, and egalitarian Nigerian society.
Dickson noted that the recommendations contained in the report of the APC committee were the same as those contained in the 2014 National confab.
“As you all can see, this is a high-powered delegation of Ijaw elders and leaders from all the zones of Ijaw nation.
“I am leading them to meet and consult with our respected leader, the former president, and also to brief him on steps we are taking; steps we will continue to take to unify our people to build bridges of understanding and to support all that is right and good, not only in this region, but also across the nation.”