Boro Day: Governor Diri harps on unity

Bayelsa State Government has directed the Commissioners of Justice, Lands and Housing and Urban Development as well as Local Government and Community Development to immediately resolve the conflict among Otuabagi, Otuogidi and Oloibiri communities, over the location of the Oloibiri National Oil Museum and Research Centre by the federal government.

Governor Douye Diri represented by Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the directive at this year’s Boro Day celebration at the Ijaw Heroes Park in Yenagoa, the state capital.

He said the matter should not be left for the Ijaw National Congress (INC) alone to handle so as to enthrone enduring peace and stability among the three communities in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Diri saluted the sacrifices and contributions made by Boro and his contemporaries for self-determination and self-actualization, stressing that the present administration remains committed to celebrating Boro’s ideals of resource control, justice and true federalism.

While urging the youths to espouse the ideals that the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro stood for, the governor reminded them that the departed hero during the struggle to emancipate the ethnic minorities of the Niger Delta did not engage in acts such as cultism, kidnapping, militancy, armed robbery, and other societal ills.

He advised the youths to redirect their energies towards deploying intellectual means to advance the Niger Delta struggle against injustice, marginalisation, and underdevelopment.

Governor Diri, who also spoke on the forthcoming governorship election in the state, implored the youths to reject politicians who would use them to perpetrate electoral violence and thuggery.

He commended the youths for the relatively peaceful manner during this year’s Boro Day and urged them to rally round the Prosperity administration to turn their fortunes around.