By Binebai Princewill
Former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide, Barr. Pereotubo Roland Oweilaemi has appreciated political leaders and Niger Deltans who massively celebrated his birth anniversary yesterday in Warri.
Some of the dignitaries that filed out in their numbers to celebrate the erstwhile president of IYC include Hon. Julius Pondi, Hon. Pullah Ekpotuayerin, Hon. Godknows Angele, Pst Kenneth Ogeibiri, Chief Francis Boumiebi, Rt. Hon. Joseph Asiaye Alubeze, Hon. Owotorufa Pereotubo, Captain Letthemsay Braboke, Amb. (Dr) Alapala Ebitonmo, Chief Promise Lawuru, Chief (Hon) Simeon Bebenimibo, Mr Progress Dimaro, Hon. Togoland Oruebi, Apst ( Dr) Godspower Tomone, Comr. Phillip I. Ebilade, alias the Opuabede-iboso 1 of Niger Delta.
The Liberator Newspaper can report that the various Niger Delta human rights activists who represented several sociocultural groups were heavily present to celebrate Barr. Oweilaemi whom they described as a blessing to the entire Niger Delta region.
It would be recalled that a delegation from the Red Cross Society of Nigeria was on ground to celebrate the Niger Delta revered social crusader, reformer and global advocate of peace and good governance.
Barr. Oweilaemi had in his appreciation message noted that his 2020 birth anniversary celebration remains one of the best and significant one so far, stressing that he feels hugely indebted to all those that turned out in their numbers both on social media platforms and at his residence in Warri to celebrate him.
The legal luminary asserted that the punching words used during his birthday celebration yesterday on both the cyber space and at the birthday venue will encourage him to do more for the region.
How Niger Deltans sees Barr. Pereotubo: “Oweilaemi means different things to different people. Some call him our president. Some call him the people’s president. Others call him the peace ambassador. Other set of people call him the unifier in ijaw Nation. The symbol of peace. The white eagle. Some call him Mr integrity. It all depends on what you see in him . He is really a gentleman and embodiment of humility. Etc.”
Speaking further on the Niger Delta underdevelopment, Oweilaemi stated that the pitiable state of things bedeviling the region requires a collective struggle to properly get to where the Ijaw nation truly ought to be in the Nigerian State, adding that the Ijaw nation must unite to face its darkest challenges.
Meanwhile, Pereotubo insisted that if the Ijaw nation is truly united in speaking one voice, “there is hardly anything that we want in the Nigerian State as Ijaw people that we won’t be able to achieve in this country”.
He also decried the incessant military invasions targeted at the alleged peace loving and defenceless Ijaw communities, appealing to the military authorities to put an end to it.