Boro Day: Ijaw Nation Wont Be Allowed To Be Treated As Minority By Eniola Opeyemi
Every 16th day of May marks the annual Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro day celebration by the Ijaw people, the celebration which lasts for days and widely celebrated in honour of the nationalist and Nigerian civil war hero, Boro as popularly called was one of the pioneers of minority rights activism in Nigeria.
This year’s celebration ?has gathered personalities both at home and in diaspora, with renewal of commitment to Boro’s vision in making the Ijaw nation a unified region in quest to get the fourth largest ethnic group a deserved place in the nation.
The Ijaw Youths Council scribe, Comrade Parkins Ogede, ?said the Ijaw nation will continue to legally agitate to ensure it is recognised as a key player in the sovereignty of the country. Ogede made this known when he led teeming youths from Bayelsa state to visit Kiama, the home town of the renown hero, the scribe went further to condemn the underdevelopment in the Niger – Delta region, the lopsided appointment and employment in the nation which has not in anyway reflected true federalism.
“The Ijaw nation have over the years brought food to the table of the nation in the name of sovereignty and true federalism but we have not been treated well in reciprocate of our uncommon sacrifice”, the IYC scribe added.
On the security of investments, lives and properties, Ogede has urged the traders and shop owners to honour the late hero, warning the youths not to take advantage of the celebration to take law into their hands, stating that any erring youth will be forced to face the law, adding that the Ijaw hero, Major Isaac Adaka Boro, never oppressed the masses in the course of his struggle.
The high points of the event include visitation of the IYC president, Comrade Eric Omare led executives to the late Isaac Boro ?country home and the Ijaw National Academy.