Youth leaders in Ijaw Nation have been charged to emulate the fighting spirit and doggedness of Late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro who stood against the marginalization and oppression of the Ijaw ethnic nationality and other tribes in the Niger Delta region.
To mark Boro Day, critical stakeholders and former agitators for resource control led a procession of youth leaders across Niger Delta region from the entrance of Kaiama, the hometown of the Ijaw icon, in honour of the late hero.
David Gbefa of our Reportorial Unit, who monitored Boro Day celebration in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, said some youth leaders took turns to pour encomium on the Ijaw icon for his selfless service and sacrifice to give recognition to the Ijaw nation.
A youth leader popularly known as General Endurance Amagbein represented by his second in command, Alhaji Harmony Destiny said Boro stood for resource control, emancipation of Niger Delta and paid the supreme price for the Ijaw race, hence the day is set aside to commemorate him.
Commending the bravery of the foremost Ijaw leader, Amagbein made a cash donation of one million naira to the Boro family and called on Ijaw leaders to rally around the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) Mr. Samuel Ogbuku.
According to the ex-agitator, the establishment of NDDC was borne out the struggle for resource control and development of the Niger Delta region which is the bedrock of Nigeria’s economy and any attempts by the board’s Chairman to intimidate Dr Ogbuku is to undermine the Ijaw struggle.
He frowned at the alleged interference by some persons in the board who are not from oil producing areas, trying to frustrate Dr Ogbuku not to operate in line with the act establishing the commission, while calling on stakeholders and leaders from the region to stand against oppression.
Another youth leader, Comrade Okardi Yogo commended Amagbein for his philanthropic gesture which has necessitated the homage he paid to the Boro family, noting that his message was centered on unity of purpose and to seek counsel of Ijaw leader’s to properly define the struggle and to be relentless in its pursue.